Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama cheer during his election night rally in Chicago
Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama cheer during his election night rally in Chicago, November 6, 20111 Photo by Reuters
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U.S. broadcasters declared Barack Obama the winner over challenger Mitt Romney after forecasting that the president had won the decisive
state of Ohio.

Obama thanked his supporters late Tuesday in a Twitter message as he secured enough electoral votes to win a second term.  "We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you," he wrote on his Twitter feed.

Obama rode signature first-term accomplishments including the auto industry bailout and the killing of 9/11 terrorist attack mastermind Osama bin Laden to another four years in the White House.

His victory ensures continued implementation of signature health care and financial sector reform laws and could bring higher taxes for the wealthy as part of deficit-cutting efforts.

Haaretz reporters and analysts Natasha Mozgovaya, Chemi Shalev, and Dina Kraft are live blogging from the U.S. as incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in a bid to become the 45th president of the world's most powerful country.

LIVE BLOG (All times EST):

11:14 Fox News projects Obama wins Ohio (Haaretz)

11:10 Projections show Obama won Iowa, putting Obama at 250 electoral votes (Haaretz)

11:01 CNN projects Idaho and Montana go to Romney, Barak takes California, Hawaii and Washington (Haaretz)

10:59 Romney's narrow path: FL, NC, VA, Ohio and one of IA, CO, NV. Without Ohio, he needs all three for a tie (Chemi Shalev)

10:46 House of Representatives projection: Republicans 241-194(Chemi Shalev)

10:37 Romney picks up Arizona. Already in191. Obama with 251.(Chemi Shalev)

10:34 CBS Projects Obama wins Minnesota

10:34 Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida, and Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, reelected (Chemi Shalev)

10:25 Illinois Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh, supporter of all-Israeli one state solution, defeated by Democrat vet Tammy Duckworth(Chemi Shalev)

10:21 Obama projected to win New Mexico (Haaretz)

10:18 Republican Todd Akin of Missouri, of the infamous "legitimate rape" statement, loses to Senator Claire McCaskill (Chemi Shalev)

10:07 Two major wins for Democrats in Senate: Elizabeth Warren unseats Brown, Joe Donnelly wins seat vacated by Lugar (Chemi Shalev)

10:06 Paul Ryan @Romney hq in Boston: "It's going to take time to count the votes in the biggest election of a lifetime." #romney (Dina Kraft)

10:05 If Obama takes Ohio, he is assured of 269 votes. Romney would need to take six remaining battlegrounds to match. Obama gets closer (Chemi Shalev)

10:01 Projected win for Romney in Utah, Iowa and Nevada too close to call (Haaretz)

9:54 Major break: Pennsylvania goes to Obama, along with Wisconsin (called by NBC). Obama now up to 242, needs 28 more (Chemi Shalev)

9:45 Jewish Republican candidate Josh Mandel loses race for Senate in Ohio to the incumbent Sherrod Brown (Natasha Mozgovaya)

9:38 Projections show Obama wins New Hampshire (Haaretz)

9:34 After Michigan, situation is Obama - 217, Romney 191, 130 remaining. Obama needs 53 more, Romney 79 (Chemi Shalev)

9:31 Joe Kennedy III, grandson of Robert Kennedy, elected to House from Massachusetts (Chemi Shalev)

9:26 Fox News reporting Obama projected to win Wisconsin (Haaretz)

9:24 CNN: Republicans keep control of the House of Representatives. If Obama is reelected, will he and and John Boehner learn to get along?(Chemi Shalev)

9:17 Fox News projection: Obama takes Pennsylvania (Haaretz)

9:02 Projections: Romney takes Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North and South Dakotas, Texas, Wyoming;  Obama takes Michigan, New York. Wisconsin too close to call (Haaretz)

8:50 Barack Obama leads in Ohio 57.8%-41.1% with 2% reporting, HuffingtonPost reports (Haaretz)

8:46 Obama wins the reliably Democratic Northeast, Romney secures his conservative base:

8:30 Projections: Romney takes Arkansas

8:28 Obama projected to win New Jersey

8:24 Romney projected to win Tennessee (AP)

8:07 Everything going according to plan, but no battleground states called yet. Romney should be getting nervous about ties in NC, VA and F (Chemi Shalev)

8:03 CNN says New Jersey and Pennsylvania too close to call, Fox says Obama takes New Jersey (Haaretz)

8:01 Obama projected winner of: CT, Delaware, Washington D.C., Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Mitt Romney takes Oklahoma (Haaretz)

7:42 Fox and NBC projecting Romney takes South Carolina, CNN still saying too close to call (Haaretz)

7:30 CNN: Romney wins West Virginia (Haaretz)

7:26 Indiana with 11 electoral goes to Romney. No surprise. It's going to be a long night, as expecte (Chemi Shalev)

7:24 RT @nprpolitics: NPR calls Georgia and South Carolina for Romney (Chemi Shalev)

7:23 Amid all craziness of the Election Day, Obama finds two moments of normalcy: basketball game and dining at home (Natasha Mozgovaya)

7:12 Reportedly allegedly leaked Republican exit polls give Obama 281 electoral votes (Chemi Shalev)

7:09 Reuters/ISPOS exit poll: First-time voters choose Obama by a two-to-one margin nationally (Reuters)

7:04 Low-income Ohio voters choose Obama (Reuters)

7:00 CNN Projections: Romney takes Kentucky, Obama takes Vermont

6:48 CNN reports Romney internals had Obama winning Ohio by 5% on Sunday. Could explain Republican drive for Pennsylvania (Chemi Shalev)

6:43 CNN exit poll: Better handle economy - Romney 50%, Obama 47%. (Chemi Shalev)

6:29 Boston Globe reports many private jets coming to Logan Airport for Romney victory party. Or wake.(Chemi Shalev)

6:25 Romney writes a 1,118-word victory speech as he concludes his years long quest for the White House:

6: 24 Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy (AP)

6:21 CNN exit poll: 60% say economy is most important issue in elections. Foreign policy - 4% (Chemi Shalev)

6:19 CNN says 18% of voters aged 18-29: if true, it is good news for Obama (Chemi Shalev)

6:12 According to exit polls (of right-leaning Drudge report): Obama - 265 electoral votes; Romney - 235. Obama would need one of four states (Chemi Shalev)

6:08 First results are from Kentucky (CNN): 79%-19% for Romney…(no surprise (Chemi Shalev)

5:58 According to exit polls (of right-leaning Drudge report): Obama - 265 electoral votes; Romney - 235. Obama would need one of four states (Chemi Shalev)

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