Obama's Victory: What's Next

(NBCNC) — President Barack Obama won his re-election bid last night despite predictions of a very tight race.

With a status quo election result, the question now is: Can the White House and Congress compromise on a host of domestic issues?

In celebrating victory President Obama extended an olive branch to Republicans.

"In the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together -- reducing our deficit, reforming out tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We've got more work to do," the president said.

He also reached out to a divided nation, saying "Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you. I have learned from you. And you have made me a better president."

While the president's electoral win was resounding, roughly two million votes separated the candidates.

In defeat Mitt Romney was both gracious and conciliatory.

"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 people's work," Romney told supporters.

Republicans will still have firm control of the house, but the current Congress is facing a looming crisis.

If there's no spending compromise by December 31st taxes will go up for every American on January 1st, and automatic, across-the-board cuts kick in.

Democrats will maintain control of the new Senate and have reclaimed Ted Kennedy's seat with Elizabeth Warren's win over Scott Brown in Massachusetts.

The election decided, lawmakers from both parties now face the daunting task of getting work done in a capital as polarized as ever.

Copyright 2014 WWLP TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Political Pulse

Did you like this article? Vote it up or down! And don't forget to add your comments below!

Like It
Don't Like It


We welcome your thoughtful comments. Be the first to participate in the discussion. All comments will display your username and avatar.


Add a Comment

Sign in or join now to post a comment. All comments will display your username and avatar.


Massachusetts (change)

Welcome to Massachusetts onPolitix, powered by 22News. Trust onPolitix for your latest state, local, and national political news. onPolitix is just another way 22News is working for you.
Offices & Officials

Governor: Deval Patrick
Lieutenant Governor: Tim Murray
Attorney General: Martha Coakley
Secretary of State: Bill Galvin

Contacting the White House and Congress

Click the links below to get in touch with your elected officials.