One of the biggest scalps for Obama was the state of California, where he won 55 electoral votes and in other states, such as Illinois and Pennsylvania, he won 20 each, Washington (12), Ohio(18), Michigan (16) and 29 in New York. As far as Romney is concerned, his biggest gain was in Texas with 38 electoral votes, 16 in California, 15 in North Carolina, etc. These electoral voters would formally elect the President and Vice President on December 17, 2012. It is on January 20 that the elected President takes the oath of office.
It was understood that voting in major states could play an important role in deciding the fate of the result and the same must have been happened with Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, etc. where it was supporters of Obama who poured out in full support to help him win. Both Romney and Obama had spent huge chunks of money in these places for commercials with the full knowledge of the importance attached to these states on voting day. As it seems, Obama was the one who spent the money in the right direction and also in the right manner.
But, Romney also had a fair bit of share with big victories around the south and midwest areas. He also won in North Carolina. But, it did not seem to be enough for the Republican candidate as far as winning the contest is concerned. There were many gatherings during the Presidential campaigns, where Romney stood out and impressed all and sundry with his plans and ideas to help the nation move forward, but Obama was favoured by most American citizens.
With this, we have come to know that the US citizens has not lost faith in President Obama, even though the country has not been doing good in the field of economy with growing unemployment topping the chart. He had promised to look into these matters, if re-elected, so he needs to deliver now.
But the major hindrance for the president would again be the House of Representatives, which would still be dominated by the Republicans. In the past as well, he has been maintaining that he couldn't push through some key reforms because of the obstacles put forward by Republicans. So, it remains to be seen how Mr Obama makes his way through during the coming four years.