Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during an October 2012 campaign rally in Fishersville, Va. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the last time they got together, at their Oct. 22 presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla. Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Before the vote, GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate (Rep. Paul Ryan, in the background) were guarded by watchful Secret Service agents. After results came in, the agents quickly disappeared. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Some of the faces of those who supported the president, at his victory rally Tuesday in Chicago. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way

Tell Us: Why Did Obama Win?

There are a number of possible reasons. Did the president run a better campaign? Is the economy really on the mend? Or is it as simple as him being more likable?

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In Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, folks lined up to cast early ballots. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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