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Obama wins re-election, loses WV

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West Virginia may have gone for Mitt Romney, but the nation says it's ready for four more years of President Barack Obama.

After a tight race with pollsters and pundits battling over the election, unofficial results show Obama appearing to capture most of the electoral votes. More than 60 percent of West Virginia, however, went for Romney.

According to most early accounts of the voting totals, Obama captured several more than the 270 electoral votes required to take the presidency. 

Agree or disagree with his ideology, Obama made significant policy changes in his first term.

With the help of a Democratically controlled House and Senate, Obama passed major, yet controversial, health care reform. The Affordable Care Act will begin covering 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014.

Through the campaign, Romney said he would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with health care legislation that "controls cost and improves care." Republicans and other critics of the bill have charged the bill reaches too far and costs far too much.

Under Obama, the nation also saw the passing of a $787 billion stimulus package, a major reform of the financial sector, the "bailout" of the automotive industry, reformed education loans and boosted fuel efficiency standards. 

On social issues, Obama repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell to allow openly serving gays and lesbians in the military and put two liberal justices back in the Supreme Court –third and fourth women to sit on the Supreme Court and the first Hispanic justice.

On foreign policy, Obama's notable accomplishments include killing terrorist Osama bin Laden and ending the war in Iraq.

Meanwhile – and probably most catching the attention of West Virginians – Obama's administration created the conditions necessary to draft rules that would effectively stop construction of any new, traditional-type coal-fired power plants. The move comes at a time when the industry was already squeezed by natural gas prices and other challenges.

Obama focused much of his political capital on creating policies that would support renewable and green sources of energy.

Those subsidies are policies Romney has decried, while befriending the fossil fuel industry throughout the campaign. Romney's position has been that renewable industries should not get undue financial attention.

"I like coal," Romney famously said in one debate.  

Romney's campaign has focused on a five-point plan: energy independence, increasing available trade markets, improved public education opportunity, trimming the deficit and boost small business. The goals resonated with a nation weary of its economy, though many voters were skeptical of the specifics, or perceived lack thereof, of how to achieve some of those long-sought goals.

A Romney administration promises to seek easier permits for the energy industry, elimination of regulations on the coal industry and other energy industry friendly policies.

The Romney campaign has also been highly critical of China's trade practices, federal spending and union labor tactics.