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Barack Obama wins US presidential election

Barack Obama has won a second term as US president, defeating Republican Mitt Romney.

Barack Obama has promised that the “best is yet to come” for the US after winning another four years at the White House.

Following a bitter and costly election campaign, the president easily overcame his Republican challenger Mitt Romney – taking seven of the nine key battleground states.

Mr Romney won in North Carolina but Democrat Mr Obama swept to victory in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin, Virginia and Colorado.

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