By Staff Reporter, Nov 20, 2012 03:33 PM EST
(PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst ) U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands at a reception for the Texas A&M 2011 NCAA women's basketball championship team at the White House in Washington, October 6, 2011.
As provisional, overseas and absentees ballots are being counted, the popular vote results to change.
As of this writing, President Obama has 64,005,851 popular votes whilst former GOP challenger Mitt Romney has 59,979,858. Other candidates on the ballot received 2,122,027 popular votes.
In the 12 swing states that were crucial in the deciding of the election, Obama has received 22,731,920 popular votes and Romney so far has 21,011,214.
In addition to Florida, Obama won nearly all of the swing states - Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada. Romney carried North Carolina.
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Over 126.1 million people voted in this election compared to the over 131.3 million who voted in 2008.
Obama won the Electoral College with 332 votes to Romney's 206.
In 2008, Obama received 69,498,516 popular votes and his challenger got 59,948,323 votes.
Last week, Romney told his top donors that Obama won the election because of "gifts" he offered to African-Americans, Hispanics, and young voters.
"What the president, president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote," Romney said. "With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008."
According to CNN's exit polls, 52 percent of men voted for Romney and 46 percent for Obama. Forty-five percent of Florida's electorate was made up of men.
Women made up 55 percent of the electorate. Obama received 53 percent of the female vote compared to Romney's 46 percent.
Sixty percent of Latinos and 95 percent of African Americans voted for Obama.