The nation re-elected President Barack Obama Tuesday for a second term in the White House. He told supporters that they deserve credit for his re-election victory.
Obama tweeted, "This happened because of you. Thank you." Obama claimed the election with wins in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and Virginia.
Preliminary results from a national exit poll showed voters had a more favorable view of the President than Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Georgians, however, voted overwhelmingly for Romney to hand him the state's 16 electoral votes.
After calling the President to concede, chants of "Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!" rose from the crowd as Romney closed his concession speech in Boston.
He kissed his wife, Ann, who joined him on stage, and gave running mate Paul Ryan a big hug.
"I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction," Romney said during his remarks, "but the nation chose another leader."
Added Romney: "At a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the nation's work."
"We look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels to put people before the politics," Romney said.
"I believe in America. I believe in the people of America. ... I ran for office because I'm concerned about America. This election is over, but our principles endure."