The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News' Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, Carrie Halperin and Ben Waldron

ABC NEWS VIDEOS " President Obama's Victory Speech 2012" LINK " Mitt Romney Delivers Concession Speech" LINK "Tammy Baldwin Becomes First Openly Gay Senator" LINK " Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Marijuana" LINK " Analyst: Electorate Now a 'Disadvantage' for Republicans" LINK

REPUBLICANS KEEP HOUSE ABC News' John Parkinson: " Republicans Projected to Preserve Control of House:" House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican colleagues will secure enough seats to retain their majority, winning at least 218 seats in the House of Representatives, according to a projection of election results by ABC News. Speaking at an election reception in downtown Washington, Boehner made clear that House Republicans will not budge on their resistance to tax increases, even if President Obama wins re-election and Democrats hold on to the Senate. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA WINS The Hills' Niall Stanage: " Women, minorities propel Obama victory" resident Obama won a second term on Tuesday for at least three concrete, demographic reasons. He maintained a broad advantage among female voters, which was more than enough to overcome a deficit among men. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Paul West: " Obama pulls out reelection in hard-fought battle" With Ohioans casting the decisive votes, President Obama was reelected Tuesday in a hard-fought battle with Mitt Romney that turned out to be nearly as close as advertised. Network projections of an Obama victory in the perennial swing state of Ohio, shortly after 8:10 p.m. PST, put the nation's first black president over the top in an uphill second-term fight in a country slowly recovering from the worst economic downtown since the Depression. LINK

The New York Daily News' Jonathan Lemire: " President Obama wins reelection, beats Mitt Romney to get four more years in White House" After a tense and bitter campaign, President Obama won reelection Tuesday night as voters gave him a new chance to repair the nation's economy and fulfill the promises of hope and change he made four years ago. The networks called the race shortly after 11:10 p.m., as a series of swing states fell in rapid succession to give Obama the 270 electoral votes he needed to defeat Republican challenger Mitt Romney. LINK

The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg: " Obama Wins New Term as Electoral Advantage Holds" Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as a divided nation voted to give him more time. LINK The Washington Post's Robert Barnes: " Obama wins a second term as U.S. president" Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney by reassembling the political coalition that boosted him to victory four years ago, and by remaking himself from a hopeful uniter into a determined fighter for middle-class interests. Obama, the nation's first African American president, scored a decisive victory by stringing together a series of narrow ones. Of the election's seven major battlegrounds, he won at least six. LINK

Politico's Glenn Thrush: " Obama reelection: Grind-it-out win" Barack Obama has won two presidential elections, but the second victory wasn't in the same class as the first. Obama dodged electoral oblivion on Tuesday - in an easier and earlier win than the all-night cliff-hanger many pundits had predicted. But this was a triumph wrested from a reluctant electorate after one of the most bitter presidential races in recent history. LINK

A DIVIDED NATION USA Today's William M. Welch: " Analysis: A Nation Moves Further Apart" Barack Obama made history again. Four years ago, he became the first African American elected president, riding a wave of hope and promises of change. On Tuesday - with victories in such crucial states as Iowa, Wisconsin and then Ohio - he became the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to win a second term when unemployment was so high and voters so uneasy about the nation's future. LINK

GOP AT CROSSROADS The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib: " Tough Loss Leaves GOP at a Crossroads" A campaign year that began with great hope for Republicans, who had ample reason to think they could finish Election Night in full control of all Washington's levers of power, instead ended Tuesday night with the GOP in a cloud of gloom. A Democratic president who ran with the national unemployment near or above 8% for most of the year, and with a job-approval rating below the 50% mark, managed to win another term anyway. LINK

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