President Barack Obama will serve another four-year term as the leader of the United States, according to preliminary election results.
Multiple television networks called the election in favor of Obama at around 8:20 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
The news will be welcomed by Kate Barry, Nevada City resident, who told The Union outside of the Madelyn Helling library that she voted for Obama.
“Basically, I think he is a more respectable person,” she said. “I agree with his values.”
Dan Netherby said he was not completely sold on Obama, but voted for him because he did not believe Romney was a viable alternative.
“I’m pretty much against everything Mitt Romney stands for,” Netherby said. “I’m not completely for Obama, but the alternative was completely scary.”
Rob Bell, Nevada City resident, said he voted for Romney.
“The liberal democratic policy is not getting this country where it needs to go,” Bell said. “We just don’t have the money to be doing a lot of this do-gooder stuff. This country is deeply in debt.”
Bell said Romney was the better man to bring this country out of its fiscal problems.
Nevertheless, voters decided to give Obama another four years of stewardship over an economy that is slowly recovering from the recession.
Obama captured battleground states including Ohio, Iowa and Colorado on his way to the 270 electoral votes he needed.
Romney unsuccessfully campaigned on the theme that his business background gave him the experience needed to guide the nation out of tough economic times.
Obama will again be dealing with a divided Congress. Democrats maintained control of the Senate and Republicans likely will again control the House. Among the most pressing matters is the so-called fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to hit in January. Economists have warned that if they aren’t averted, the nation could face another recession.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.