08TT01A_new.qxd 11/8/2012 1:18 AM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Vol. 132 No. 310 Late City Edition Chandigarh New Delhi Jalandhar Bathinda Srinagar Thursday, November 8, 2012 www.tribuneindia.com 28 pages `2.50 Four more years for Obama ❚ Retains Presidency in hard-fought contest ❚ The score: Barack 303, Romney 206 ❚ Minorities — Hispanics, African Americans — and women voters clinch it for Obama US President Barack Obama won re-election on Tuesday defeating his Republican rival Mitt Romney in a hard-fought and expensive battle, but he will have to contend with a gridlocked US Congress. In the early hours of Wednesday, Obama, America’s first black President, promised ecstatic supporters in his hometown of Chicago that “the best is yet to come”. In congressional races, the Republican Party kept control of the US House of Representatives, while Obama’s Democratic Party retained its majority in the Senate. US presidential elections are decided by an electoral college, which gives states a certain number of electoral votes based on population. A candi- date must get 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Obama shot past the 270 mark, garnering 303 electoral votes and winning most of the battleground states. On Wednesday morning, a final result was awaited in Florida, where the President had a narrow lead. Florida has 29 electoral votes. Romney got 206 electoral votes. While the electoral vote margin was significant, the difference between the two candidates in the popular vote was much smaller. Obama got 50 per cent of the popular vote compared to 48 per cent for Romney, a Mormon. In all, Obama won 25 states and the District of Columbia, while Romney won 24 states. Obama rode to victory largely on a wave of support from minorities — Hispanics and African Americans — and women voters. OBAMARICA: THE ROAD TO A HISTORIC VICTORY ❚ Obama shot past the magic mark of 270, picking up 303 electoral ❚ votes and most of the battleground states. Romney won 206 electoral votes (see graphic) ❚ ❚ While the electoral vote margin was significant, the difference between the two candidates in the popular vote was much smaller ❚ Obama got 50 per cent of the popular vote compared to 48 per cent for Romney In all, Obama won 25 states and the District of Columbia, while Romney won 24 states Romney won North Carolina and Indiana, which Obama had won four years ago, but the President picked up most of the battleground states, including Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and Colorado our hearts that for the “ We know in the best is yet to come.United States of America, “ SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE ASHISH K SEN IN WASHINGTON DC — Obama in his victory speech In Chicago, Obama was greeted by giddy flag-waving supporters. “Tonight , you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back,” Obama told them. “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.” Fierce political arguments are a necessary part of democracy, said Obama. “We will disagree, sometimes fiercely,” he said, but “progress will come in fits and starts” and the victory Tuesday night “won’t end all the gridlocks”. “Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over,” Obama added. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican with whom Obama has shared a rocky relationship, said in a statement: “The American people re-elected the President, Continued on page 2 SPECIAL COVERAGE WHAT OBAMA’S WIN MEANS FOR INDIA P2 US SIKHS, SGPC PLEASED P2 EDIT: OBAMA AGAIN P8 AFTER ROMNEY, OBAMA FACES IRAN, SYRIA P13 MARKETS CHEER P15 Tribune photo: S. Chandan Punjabi hospitality floors Canadian PM, wife PRABHJOT SINGH/TNS ANANDPUR SAHIB, NOVEMBER 7 Canadian PM Stephen Harper and his wife with Punjab CM PS Badal at Anandpur Sahib. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to assuage the hurt feelings of the Indian Government by promising not to permit activities of Sikh separatists on the Canadian soil while appeas- ing the Sikh community by paying obeisance at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib before visiting Virasat-e-Khalsa here today. “It has been a wonderful experience. I visited the Golden Temple during my last visit,” he said. Harper was accompanied by his wife Laureen and seven Indo- Canadian MPs, including Tim Uppal, the first turbaned federal minister outside India. Harper today became the first elected head of a state to visit Virasat-e-Khalsa. He has also become the first Prime Minister to visit two of the five Takhts — Amritsar and Sri Anandpur c m y b Sahib — of the Sikhs. It has become conventional for Canadian premiers to visit the Golden Temple when they visit India. The only exception was Paul Martin, the last Liberal Prime Minister of Canada. He avoided visiting the Golden Temple Continued on page 11 THANK YOU! US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the crowd after his victory, in Chicago on Wednesday. — AP/PTI Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style.
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