President Barack Obama wins a second term

Molly Waldron

President Barack Obama wins a second term

CREATED Nov. 6, 2012

Washington, D.C. (KTNV) -- President Barack Obama will spend four more years in the White House, ABC News reports.

The President reached the 270 votes needed to secure office for four more years.

President Obama came out ahead of Mitt Romney in several key battleground states, including Ohio.

"Celebrations erupted in Obama's hometown of Chicago, while Romney's Boston headquarters went mournfully quiet," reported ABC News.

"We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you," Obama tweeted before formally announcing his victory.

The race is a validation, if not an overwhelming mandate, in support of the president's policies of the last four years, which included a major overhaul of the healthcare system and a drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama built a coalition of young people, minorities and college educated women and won by turning out supporters with a carefully calibrated group operation to get out the vote in crucial states like Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Polls stayed open past 7 p.m. in Nevada, making presidential election results in the Silver States unavailable.

It's unclear which candidate will win the popular vote. Incomplete returns show Mitt Romney with a lead.

Though both candidates are thousands of miles away, their eyes were on Nevada during the final weeks of the campaign.

President Obama and Mitt Romney each made several visits to Las Vegas in the months leading up to Election Day.