U.S President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
In the USA, the president is not elected by popular vote, but by the Electoral College. The number of Electoral College votes per state is roughly proportional to the population of the state, with California being the biggest with 55 votes.
The candidate must win 270 votes for a majority. Last night, Obama won 275 electoral votes to Romney's 203, despite lingering dissatisfaction with the economy and a hard-fought challenge by Romney.
Obama said : "We have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of American, the best is yet to come."
Congratulations to President Obama from FirstPoint USA!