Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Obama Wins Historic U.S. Election

United States President, Senator Barrack Obama, who was the candidate of the Democratic Party has been declared winner of the historic presidential election in the country.

According to the United States Election Center, Mr. Barrack Obama polled 274 voting points against his major opponent, Mitt Romney who got the total of 201 voting points in the election.

The US president scored 274 point out of the total 270 voting points required while Mitt Romney scored the total of 201 points.

The results as announced by the United States Election Center on Tuesday night indicated that the candidate of the Republicans lost his state, Massachusetts to President Barrack Obama who got 60 percent against Romney's 38 percent.

Part of the states that President Barrack Obama comfortably won are New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware and District Columbia.

Meanwhile, Democrats took the lead in the race for control of the upper chamber, picking up three currently Republican seats.

The party had a major victory Tuesday night with Democrat Elizabeth Warren's victory in Massachusetts over Republican Sen. Scott Brown. Both parties were heavily invested in the race: Democrats wanted to win back the seat once held by the late-Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), and Republicans desperately wanted to hold it.

Democrats also picked up seats in Indiana and in Maine.

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) beat Republican Richard Mourdock, who defeated longtime Sen. Dick Lugar in the GOP primary. Mourdock hurt himself with controversial comments about his opposition to abortion in cases of rape or incest.

In Maine, Independent candidate Angus King won and is expected to caucus with the Democrats, which would turn retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe's (R-Maine) seat blue.

Warren and Donnelly's wins are a major blow to GOP hopes of taking control of the upper chamber. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee officials, who were spending election night at the Liaison hotel in Washington, cheered when those two were declared victors, exchanging hugs and handshakes.

Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), both top GOP targets, won reelection. And Democrat Tim Kaine won in Virginia, defeating former GOP Sen. George Allen, to keep retiring Sen. Jim Webb's (D-Va.) seat.

Democrats held onto Connecticut's Senate seat and Wisconsin's Senate seat. Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) defeated Republican Linda McMahon, who also lost a Senate bid in 2010. Sen. Joe Lieberman, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, is retiring. In Wisconsin, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) defeated Republican Tommy Thompson, the popular former governor. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) is retiring.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) won reelection, defeating Republican Rep. Connie Mack.

The Connecticut seat looked more promising for the GOP as the election approached. McMahon ran a strong campaign, much better than her 2010 effort, and was gaining on Murphy in the polls. In Florida, Republicans had hoped for a stronger candidacy from Mack.

Republicans made a strong push for Thompson in Wisconsin, with GOP running mate Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus campaigning for him. But Thompson faced a tough GOP primary from which he emerged broke and exhausted.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), who faced a tough, last-minute surge from wealthy businessman Tom Smith, also won reelection.

One bright spot for the GOP was in Nebraska, where Republican Deb Fischer beat former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), taking retiring Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-Neb.) seat for her party.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) all won reelection, as did Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Roger Wicker (Miss.) and John Barrasso (Wyo.).

Republican candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, won a Texas Senate seat.

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