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Live blog: Obama vs. Romney — The view from Southern California on election day

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US President Barack Obama (L) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, October 3, 2012.

8:55 p.m. (AP) — President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney in a hard-fought race in which the economy was the dominant issue.

Voters decided to give Obama another four years of stewardship over an economy that is slowly recovering from the recession.

Obama captured battleground states including Ohio, Iowa and Colorado on his way to the 270 electoral votes he needed.

Romney unsuccessfully campaigned on the theme that his business background gave him the experience needed to guide the nation out of tough economic times.

Obama will again be dealing with a divided Congress. Democrats maintained control of the Senate and Republicans likely will again control the House. Among the most pressing matters is the so-called fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to hit in January. Economists have warned that if they aren't averted, the nation could face another recession.

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Campaign 2012 apps: Top 9 (nearly) free election apps to make you smarter than your phone

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A screenshot of the "Yes We Camera" app for iPhone. The app is just one of many to choose from this election year.

Tired of Angry Birds?  Looking for a smartphone app that’s more – well, political?

Type in “election” into your smartphone app search and you’ll find plenty of helpful sites… and several fun ones. Here are a few of our faves:

1. The Yes We Camera app turns any photo taken with your iPhone camera or synced with your photo gallery into the Obama-style campaign poster created by Shepard Fairey.  It’s free. (iPhone, free)


2. Republicans may like the free Obama Clock app.  It ticks down the remainder of Barack Obama’s term in office.  It also keeps track of the national debt, the housing index, and gas prices to give you talking points to argue with your Democratic friends and relations. (Android & iPhone, free) 


3. If you want to know when Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan are coming to your hometown, try the free “Mitt Events” app. It allows you to check their schedule and RSVP to events. (iPhone & Android, free)

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