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Image: U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates with his wife Michelle, his Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill after winning the U.S. presidential election in Chicago,

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Image: U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates with his wife Michelle, his Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill after winning the U.S. presidential election in Chicago,

President Barack Obama celebrates with his wife Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill after Obama's victory speech in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The president made history again by transcending a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment that haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney.

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Image: U.S. President Obama celebrates on stage as confetti falls after his victory speech during his election rally in Chicago

President Obama celebrates on stage as confetti falls after his victory speech in Chicago on Nov. 7.

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President Obama, accompanied by (from left) first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, waves to supporters on stage in Chicago in the early hours of Nov. 7.

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Image: President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Supporters cheer as President Obama delivers his victory speech in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 7 at McCormick Place in Chicago after being re-elected for a second term.

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Villagers of the hamlet of Kogelo in western Kenya dance in celebration following news of the re-election of President Barack Obama early on Nov. 7.

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Image: President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

President Obama delivers his victory speech at McCormick Place in Chicago after being re-elected for a second term.

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Image: U.S. President Barack Obama supporters cheer at election victory night rally in Chicago

President Obama supporters cheer during his election night rally in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Indian university students celebrate after hearing that Barack Obama was predicted to win a second term during a U.S. Embassy election party at a local hotel in Delhi on Nov. 7.

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Image: New York Reacts As Obama Wins Second Term

Jessica Clark (center), 18, watches election results in Times Square in New York before the television networks called the election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. She said she voted for the first time in Tuesday's election.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells his supporters in Boston that he has conceded the election to President Obama in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Image: Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Holds Election Night Gathering In Boston

A woman has a teary reaction to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's concession speech at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Image: Ajay Narayan cheers as the race is called for U.S. President Barack Obama by a television network during the Nevada State Democrats' election night party at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas

Ajay Narayan cheers as the race is called for President Obama during the Nevada State Democrats' election night party at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Image: Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Holds Election Night Gathering In Boston

Spectators react to the election results displayed on large television screens during Mitt Romney's election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Nov. 6 in Boston.

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Image: Supporters of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) listen to the news on a large screen television that Barack Obama was projected to defeat Mitt Romney in Ohio during their rally for Bachmann in Bloomington

Supporters of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) listen to the news that Barack Obama was projected to defeat Mitt Romney in Ohio during a rally for Bachmann in Bloomington, Minn., on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Image: Republican U.S. Sen. candidate Akin speaks to supporters after his loss during his election night rally in Chesterfield, Missouri

Republican Sen. candidate Todd Akin speaks to supporters after his loss during his election night rally in Chesterfield, Missouri on Nov. 6.

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Image: Democratic Senate Candidate Sen. Claire McCaskill Holds Election Night Gathering

Sen. Claire McCaskill greets supporters during an election night party Nov. 6, in St. Louis, Missouri. McCaskill defeated Rep. Todd Akin for the Missouri Senate seat.

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Image: Supporters of U.S. President Obama cheer during his election night rally in Chicago

Supporters of President Barack Obama cheer during his election night rally in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Image: Senate Candidate Tammy Baldwin Holds Election Night Gathering In Madison, Wisconsin

Senate candidate Rep. Tammy Baldwin celebrates her victory over Republican candidate Tommy Thompson as she enters the stage on election night on Nov. 6, in Madison, Wisconsin. Baldwin became Wisconsin's first openly gay senator.

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Image: President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Supporters of President Barack Obama cheer after networks projected that he had been re-elected at an election party at McCormick Place in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Sen. Bill Nelson thanks supporters at a reelection party Nov. 6, in Orlando, Fla. On his left, is wife Grace Nelson.

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Image: U.S. Rep. Mack IV reacts after losing to incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Nelson during his election night rally in Bonita Springs, Florida

Rep. Connie Mack IV addresses supporters after losing to incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson during his election night rally in Bonita Springs, Florida, Nov. 6.

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Image: President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Supporters of President Barack Obama cheer in McCormick Place in Chicago after it was projected that he had been re-elected.

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A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sits alone on the floor at Romney’s headquarters in Boston on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Republican senate candidate Linda McMahon waves as she thanks supporters in Stamford, Conn., Nov. 6. McMahon conceded the race to Democratic opponent Chris Murphy for the Senate seat held by Joe Lieberman, an independent who's retiring.

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Image: U.S. Rep Chris Murphy and candidate for U.S. Senate, addresses supporters during his victory rally in Hartford, Connecticut

Rep. Chris Murphy addresses supporters during his victory rally in Hartford, Conn., Nov. 6, after beating Linda McMahon for a seat in the senate.

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Image: President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Supporters of President Obama cheer during his election night party at McCormick Place in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Supporters of President Obama react to election returns at a party sponsored by the Democratic Party of Georgia in Atlanta on Tuesady, Nov. 6.

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Pat McCrory gets a kiss from his wife Ann McCrory at his election night headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 6, after being elected governor of North Carolina.

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Image: U.S. President Barack Obama supporters cheer while watching the returns prior to his election night rally in Chicago

Supporters of President Obama cheer after it was projected that he had won Ohio, and re-election, on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Chicago.

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Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney react to results on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Boston.

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Sen. Scott Brown gives his concession speech as his wife Gail Huff, right, listens at an election night watch party in a hotel in Boston, Nov. 6. Brown lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in his bid for re-election.

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Image: Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren addresses supporters during her victory rally in Boston

Democratic candidate for the Senate seat for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren addresses supporters during her victory rally in Boston, Mass., Nov. 6,

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Julianne Larson, left, and Belinda McCook react as a state is called for Republican nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during an election night party at The Venetian in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Image: Democratic U.S. Sen. Brown celebrates with supporters after defeating Republican challenger Josh Mandel during his election night rally in Columbus, Ohio

Sen. Sherrod Brown celebrates with supporters after defeating Republican challenger Josh Mandel during his election night rally in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 6.

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Image: Ohio Republican U. S. Sen. candidate Mandel speaks to supporters as he stands with his wife Ilana during his election night rally in Columbus, Ohio

Republican senate candidate Josh Mandel speaks to supporters as he stands with his wife Ilana during his election night rally in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 6.

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JoAnn Hell, of Minneapolis, celebrates an early return from Virginia for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left photo, and then reacts for a early projection for President Obama in Pennsylvania, right photo, at the Minnesota Republican election night headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Bloomington, Minn.

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Image: Kirsten Gillbrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with her husband Jonathan and sons Henry, 4, and Theodore, 8, celebrate on stage at New York State Democratic Headquarters after Gillbrand was predicted to win the senate election Nov. 6, in New York.

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Image: Supporters watch voting returns at the election night rally for U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during his election night rally in Boston

Supporters watch voting returns at the election night rally for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during his election night rally in Boston on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Cean Orrett, 45, center, and Gareth Edmondson-Jones, 46, of San Diego, both recently married in New York, react to positive predictions for President Barack Obama as crowds watch election results in Times Square on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in New York.

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Sen. Bob Corker is greeted by several of his supporters after speaking at his election night victory rally at the Cabana Restaurant on Nov. 6, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Image: Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Holds Election Night Gathering In Boston

Nancy French, of Columbia, Tenn,, reacts to the election results displayed on a television during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Nov. 6, in Boston.

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Obama supporters cheer as they see poll numbers broadcast on cable news at McCormick Place in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Image: Supporters watch voting returns at the election night rally for U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Boston Massachusetts

Supporters watch voting returns at the election night rally for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Boston on Tuesday, Nov.6.

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People watch election results displayed on a utility lift suspended from the front of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Supporters cheer at an election watch party in Seattle for proponents of Referendum 74, which would uphold the state's new same-sex marriage law on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Independent Angus King celebrates under a splash of champagne after winning the Senate seat vacated by Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Freeport, Maine.

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Lauren Snead, right, hugs her partner Katy Jayne, left, as they celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage on Tuesday Nov. 6 in Portland, Maine. Snead and Jayne plan to marry in the near future.

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People react as a TV presenter announces results of the U.S. elections during a presidential election party, hosted by the U.S. embassy and German Telekom, in Berlin on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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An employee of the U.S. embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, moves a life-size figure of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney next to one depicting President Barack Obama at a hotel during preparations for U.S. election night on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Guests gather for an election night party at the U.S. Embassy in London, on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Supporters of US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney watch election returns in Boston on election night on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Bella Thompson, left, reacts as she watches vote returns with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and his wife Gayle at his election watch party in Fairmont, W. Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Thompson is Manchin's niece. Manchin is opposed by Republican challenger John Raese.

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Supporters of President Barack Obama react to early returns at a party sponsored by the Democratic Party of Georgia in Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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