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Basic Black Live: President Barack Obama Re-Elected

Originally broadcast November 9, 2012.

November 9, 2012:  Election 2012 came to a close on November 6 as President Barack Obama was elected for a second term.  The turnout numbers rivaled those of 2008, despite long lines at the polls and court cases challenging early voting rules.  In addition to the huge percentage of African Americans who voted for him, Obama was swept to victory by the youth and Latino votes, as well as large contingents of women, working class, and educated white voters.

Our panel:
- Callie Crossley, host and moderator, Boston Public Radio, 89.7 WGBH Radio
- Peniel Joseph, professor of history, Tufts University
- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio
- Robert Fortes, Republican strategist

Related links:
Transcript of President Obama's acceptance speech

Transcript of Mitt Romney's concession speech

(Photo: President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden acknowledge the crowd at his election night party on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  Source: Associated Press.)