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Obama wins second term
Updated on: 11.07.12

Associated Press

BOSTON -- His reach for the presidency thwarted, Mitt Romney stayed out of sight late Tuesday as news organizations including The Associated Press announced that President Barack Obama had won a second term.

Dejected Romney supporters milled around a hotel ballroom where the Republican hopeful had planned to declare victory and groaned as key battlegrounds moved Obama's way.

 Obama's victory in closely fought Ohio narrowed Romney's path to the 270 electoral vote. The Democrat also was declared the winner in other swing states including New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Colorado and Iowa. Michigan and Pennsylvania, which Republicans hoped to put in play, stayed in Obama's camp as well. Florida and Virginia remained too close to call.

Romney supporters cheered a win in North Carolina, which Obama captured four years ago. But it was a rare prize in an evening that broadly favored the presidency.

Romney staffers almost all expressed shock or surprise that so many states had voted for Obama. Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was watching returns with family in the same hotel where Romney and his family watched results.

The Republican nominee had already written a 1,118-word victory speech that he thought would conclude his yearslong quest for the presidency. Earlier Tuesday, Romney said he had no regrets no matter the outcome.

``I feel like we put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room. We fought to the very end, and I think that's why we'll be successful,'' Romney told reporters aboard his plane as he flew from Pittsburgh to Boston, where preparations were underway for a big election night event at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Romney's son Craig appeared briefly in the ballroom early in the evening to warm up the crowd. Craig Romney said that after his father dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination in 2008, Ann Romney had been opposed to another run but eventually changed her mind.

``We're grateful that she convinced him to get into the race because we know that my dad has been uniquely prepared,'' he said.

The GOP nominee had spent Election Day doing a last-minute round of campaigning in one state he's showered with attention, Ohio, and another he's largely ignored, Pennsylvania. After voting near his Boston-area home, Romney was betting that an eleventh-hour appeal to working-class voters in both states would help him defeat Obama.

``This is a big day for big change,'' Romney told staffers and volunteers at a Cleveland-area campaign office.

On his campaign plane in between flights, he worked on his speech. He said he hadn't written a concession speech, though he acknowledged the results might not come out in his favor. ``Nothing is certain in politics,'' he said.

Ryan followed a similar strategy for courting voters on Election Day. After voting in his Wisconsin hometown, the GOP vice presidential hopeful joined Romney in Ohio before a scheduled solo visit to Richmond, Va.

Asked about the hectic schedule in recent days, Ryan said of Romney: ``He's kind of operating on fumes.''

Romney's focus on Ohio is not a surprise. He has spent more time campaigning there over the last year than any other state. And no Republican has won the presidency without carrying the Midwestern battleground.

But Romney has spent very little time in Pennsylvania, which hasn't supported a Republican presidential contender in nearly a quarter-century. As polls showed the race tightening there, Romney launched a statewide advertising campaign just last week.

Dismissed as desperation by Democrats, the Pennsylvania trip will at the very least send the message that Romney did all he could to deny Obama a second term.

``We can't let up now. We need to keep going until the final polls close tomorrow night,'' Romney political director Rich Beeson wrote supporters Monday. ``With an election this important, let's leave it all on the field.''

Obituaries
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Virgie Snyder, 87, Nashville
  Mother of Jack Snyder and Monna Huber of Nashville

Bertha Vaught, 94, Providence
  Spearsville native

Sylvia Hatmaker, 82, Mooresville
  Mother of Teresa Anderson of Nashville

  • July 13
    'Little Shop of Horrors' at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren
  • July 13
    Tracks workshop at BCSP Nature Center
    2 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 13
    CSVFD hosts pancake breakfast at clubhouse
    7:30 to 11:30 a.m. CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
  • July 14
    BC Animal Control Board
    7 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 14
    Beeline Beekeepers Club
    7 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 14
    CSVFD Board of Directors
    7 p.m. CSVFD station, 101 Firehouse Road, Nineveh
  • July 14
    Monday at BCSP Nature Center
    10 a.m., 8 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 15
    Brown County Has Talent CANCELED
  • July 15
    Library Board of Trustees opens bids for entryway project
    2 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 15
    B.C. Convention & Visitors Bureau
    8:30 a.m. Cornerstone Inn, 54 Franklin St.
  • July 15
    Nashville Development Review Commission
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • July 15
    B.C. Board of Health
    7 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 15
    CSCD Board of Directors
    7 p.m. CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
  • July 16
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • July 16
    Wednesday at BCSP Nature Center
    10 a.m., 1 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 17
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • July 17
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 17
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 17
    CSVFD
    7:30 p.m. CSVFD station, 101 Firehouse Road, Nineveh
  • July 17
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • July 17
    Thursday at BCSP Nature Center
    10 a.m., 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 18
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • July 18
    Bean Blossom farmers market Friday
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, State roads 135 North and 45, Bean Blossom
  • July 18
    Friday at BCSP Nature Center
    10 a.m., 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 19
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • July 19
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District
    10 a.m. Riddle Point Park Shelter House, 7599 N. Tunnel Road, Unionville
  • July 19
    Saturday at BCSP
    10 a.m., 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 20
    Forest ecosystem talk at BCSP Nature Center
    2 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 21
    B.C. Solid Waste Management District
    5:15 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 21
    Brown County Council
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 21
    Helmsburg Sewage Board
    7 p.m. B.C. Community Church Annex, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • July 21
    Monday at BCSP
    10 a.m., 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 22
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • July 22
    BC Area Plan Commission
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 22
    DVD at BCSP Nature Center
    10 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 23
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • July 23
    BCCF volunteer fair and annual report
    4:30 to 6 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m. Seasons Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 East
  • July 23
    Board of Zoning Appeals
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 24
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • July 24
    Amphibian talk at BCSP Nature Center
    2 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 25
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • July 25
    Bean Blossom farmers market Friday
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, State roads 135 North and 45, Bean Blossom
  • July 26
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive, (fairgrounds)
  • July 26
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • July 29
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • July 29
    "Godzilla" at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren
  • July 31
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • August 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive, (fairgrounds)
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    Euchre
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    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
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