CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama says the American people have picked ourselves up and fought back during tough economic times, declaring after winning re-election Tuesday night that the best is yet to come.

Obama said he wants to meet with Republican rival Mitt Romney to discuss how they can work together. He says they may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply.

The president rolled to a second term over Romney, winning more than 300 electoral votes.

Obama was welcomed by thunderous applause as he arrived on stage in his hometown, joined by first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.

Romney said earlier he called Obama to congratulate him on his victory, adding that he prays the president will be successful in guiding our nation.

Obama was the winner in most of the battleground states Tuesday night, including a crucial victory in Ohio, helping him surge to a re-election victory that seemed far from certain amid a stubborn U.S. economy.

While the president was already projected to secure the electoral votes needed for victory, the popular vote remained close through the night, CBS News said.

After passing the 270 mark, President Obama sent out a personal message via Twitter to both his supporters and detractors, writing, We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you.

The sluggish economy was considered to be the president's biggest vulnerability. Indeed, he is the first president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win re-election with unemployment above 7.2 percent. However, CBS News exit polling showed voters gave Mitt Romney just a one-point advantage on the question of who would be better at handling the economy.


Here's a look at some of the top races affecting Bexar County voters on a local, statewide and national scale. Click the highlighted links for real-time voting results straight from the polls.



President (United States / Texas / Bexar County)

President Barack Obama is seeing his second term in the White House against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The election is expected to come down to just a few key battleground states.

U.S. Senator
(Texas / Bexar County)

Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler are vying to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who has held the office since 1993. Also running: John Jay Myers (Libertarian) and David Collins (Green Party).

U.S. Representative, District 20

Texas state Rep. Joaquin Castro (Democrat) is running against local insurance agent David Rosa (Republican) to replace U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez. The district covers most of west and northwest San Antonio, including a slice of the east and northeast sides. Also running is A.E. Potts (Libertarian) and Antonio Diaz (Green).

U.S. Representative, District 21

The race in U.S. House District 21 features incumbent Republican Lamar Smith and Democrat Candace Duval. The district includes northeast San Antonio and counties to the north and northeast, including the cities of New Braunfels and Kerrville. Also running: John-Henry Liberty (Libertarian).

U.S. Representative, District 23

Vying to represent the eighth-largest congressional district in the country are Democratic challenger Pete Gallego and Republican incumbent Francisco Quico Canseco. The sprawling district covers the southwestern portion of Texas. Also running: Jeffrey Blunt (Libertarian).

U.S. Representative, District 28

Republican William Hayward is challenging Democratic incumbent Henry Cuellar in U.S. House District 28. The district covers a strip of south Texas that starts in southern San Antonio and ends at the U.S.-Mexico border. Also running: Patrick Hisel (Libertarian) and Michael Cary (Green Party).

U.S. Representative, District 35

Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who has represented the state's 25th congressional district since 2005, is running for the new District 35 seat against Republican Susan Narvaiz, the former mayor of San Marcos. Also running: Ross Lynn Leone (Libertarian) and Meghan Owen (Green Party).

State Senator, District 25

Republican candidate Donna Campbell is running against Democrat John Courage for the Texas Senate in District 25. The district includes Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and parts of Bexar and Travis counties. Campbell, a doctor from New Braunfels, defeated incumbent Jeff Wentworth in a runoff election for the Republican nomination.

Bexar County Sheriff

Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz is defending his position against Republican challenger Susan Pamerleau, a retired Air Force major general. Ortiz has served as Bexar County sheriff for the past four years.

Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector

Republican Robert Stovall is going head to head with Democratic candidate Albert Uresti for Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector. The post was vacated by long-serving Sylvia Romo, a Democrat.

Pre-K SA Special Election

The Pre-K 4 SA Initiative proposes a 1/8-cent sales tax and other state and federal funds to provide full-day Pre-K education to eligible 4-year-olds in San Antonio.


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