Romney concedes U.S. presidential election to Obama

WASHINGTON Wed Nov 7, 2012 11:59am IST

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stands on stage with his wife Ann during his election night rally in Boston, Massachusetts November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stands on stage with his wife Ann during his election night rally in Boston, Massachusetts November 7, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Related Topics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney conceded the U.S. presidential election to President Barack Obama early on Wednesday morning after a hard-fought campaign.

"This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation," Romney told supporters in Boston after calling Obama to congratulate him.

Obama defeated Romney in a number of key swing states, despite the weak economic recovery and stubbornly high unemployment that dogged his campaign.

Television networks called the election late on Tuesday, but the Romney campaign waited more than an hour to agree on the results in Ohio.

"I so wish, I so wish, that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader," Romney said in his concession speech.

This is the second time the former Massachusetts governor has made a run for the presidency. Romney had promised to revive the nation's economy through reforming the tax code, reducing the debt and confronting China on its trade practices.

(Reporting By Kim Dixon and Rachelle Younglai; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Markets

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Modi's 100 Days

Modi's 100 Days

100 days of Modi: Good for business, not so good for marginalised groups  Full Article 

India Win

India Win

India crush feeble England to clinch one-day series.  Full Article 

Power Outage

Power Outage

Mumbai hit by power cuts  Full Article 

Segway in India

Segway in India

Segway’s India business pegs hope on tech-savvy Modi   Full Article 

Pakistan Protests

Pakistan Protests

Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens  Full Article 

Afghan Turmoil

Afghan Turmoil

Afghan turmoil threatens NATO's "mission accomplished" plans  Full Article 

In Trouble

In Trouble

Justin Bieber charged with assault, dangerous driving in Canada.  Full Article 

Mass Hacking

Mass Hacking

Actress Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage