US Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney conceded defeat late Tuesday in his race against President Barack Obama for the White House.
As of this writing, Obama had garnered 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 203, with the President winning 51,269,152 in the popular vote, to 51,017,342 for Romney.
In a short speech, Romney said that he had called President Obama to concede defeat, and then called for the nation to come together to create jobs and for the nation and to put partisanship behind.
“His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters,” Romney said.
Romney also urged all citizens to pray for Obama.
“This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” Romney said.
“The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work,” Romney said.
Romney also said, “We look to job creators of all kinds. We’re counting on you to invest, to hire, to step forward. And we look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels to put the people before the politics.”
Immediately following the concession speech, pundits were quick to call Romney’s statement as “gracious” and “classy.”
Prior to Romney’s speech, Obama’s campaign staff had Tweeted “Four more years,” and included a picture of the president hugging his wife, Michelle Obama.
The Empire State Building in New York lit a blue light on top, the color of the Democratic Party.