U.S. President Barack Obama has won a second term in the White House. His victory was narrow, but it was definitive. Equally important for him, his Democratic Party retained control of the U.S. Senate. On the other hand, as expected, the Republican Party maintained its majority in the House of Representatives.

The results mean that divided government continues in Washington. Mr. Obama has been vindicated, but the president faces the same problem he encountered in the last two years: a Republican Party that believes in no-holds-barred opposition.

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