CNN and other major international news organisations have projected that US president Barack Obama has won re-election.
On the basis of projections, CNN, NBC, Fox News, the Voice of America and the BBC said that Obama had secured victory to return to the White House.
Having won the Ohio and three other key swing states, Obama was seen as having 274 electoral college votes, four over the threshold required to remain in office as president in January 2013 for four more years.
Republican Mitt Romney was seen as having 201 electoral college votes at the time that CNN called the election for Obama.
As had been expected, the Democrats retained control of the senate and the Republicans control of the house of representatives.
Obama won the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Wisconsin, while in Virginia the result had not yet been called at the time of Obama’s projected overall victory; Romney won North Carolina.