Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.
"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president.
A Republican lumber company executive is conceding defeat in a southern Illinois congressional race.
Jason Plummer made Wednesday's announcement a day after voters in the 12th Congressional District elected Democrat Bill Enyart, a Belleville lawyer who has headed the Illinois National Guard. The Green Party's Paula Bradshaw finished third.
Plummer says in a one-paragraph statement e-mailed to The Associated Press that he thanks the thousands of supporters, volunteers and friends who backed his campaign.
The Republican nominee for Missouri Attorney General, Ed Martin lost the race against incumbent Chris Koster last night by a double-digit margin.
He remained hopeful even as the gap began to widen early in the night.
"We have a Secretary of State who’s had a history of some sort of irregularities in how she reports stuff, so we’ll wait and see,” Martin told supporters gathered at a south St. Louis hotel. "But right now what we’re seeing on our internals is that we’re within two or three points."