President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
America’s first black president secured more than the 270 votes in the electoral college needed to win.
In his victory speech before supporters in Chicago, Mr Obama said he would talk to Mr Romney about “where we can work together to move this country forward”.
Mr Obama prevailed despite lingering dissatisfaction with the economy and a hard-fought challenge by Mr Romney.
The newly re-elected US president has now returned to Washington to face discussions with Republicans, who control of the House of Representatives over the deficit reduction deal needed to avoid a financial crisis which would likely involve spending cuts and tax rises.
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