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Merrimack Valley

November 7, 2012

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

A jubilant President Barack Obama walked onto a stage in Chicago early today with his wife and two daughters and told raucous supporters the nation is not as divided as politics suggest and that he will work over the next four years to bring the “family” that is the United States back together again.

“While our road has been hard, though our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” he said in a victory speech ending his nasty campaign for re-election against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“I return to the White House more inspired than ever,” he told the thousands of cheering supporters. “Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual,” he said. He pledged to work with leaders of both parties to help the nation complete its recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

In the Merrimack Valley last night, Matthew Curran, a Republican, said he agonized after casting his vote for Obama.

But his allegiance to education won him over in the end, Curran, 36, said as he left the polls at North Andover High School.

“I teach in Lawrence and there are a lot of good things happening for teachers. So, I don’t think it’s a good time to change right now,” said Curran, who is also the varsity basketball coach at Methuen High School.

“Obama is more supportive of education and Mitt Romney rubbed me the wrong way,” Curran said.

And perhaps Curran’s feelings resonated with the millions of other voters as they cast ballots to keep Obama in the White House.

Obama’s re-election yesterday was the final chapter in a fierce campaign that centered on who could best heal a battered economy.

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