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ELECTION UPDATE: Four more years 

In his victory speech tonight, President Barack Obama called for the help of the American people to continue moving the nation forward.

Declaring that our deficit needs ending, our tax code needs fixing and our immigration policy needs overhauling, Obama agreed there is still much to be done.

Calling to put aside bitter partizanship he said that in the coming weeks he will sit down with leaders from both the Democrat and Republican parties. Again his speech focused not on what divides us, but what brings us together.

Look for a complete review of both the local and national election results in tomorrow's edition of The News-Review.

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Republican challenger Mitt Romney has conceded to President Barack Obama this evening with the current political make-up changing very little since 2008. More than 100 electoral college votes will likely separate the two men when the final votes are counted.

With the Senate still controlled by the Democrats and the House majority retained by the Republicans some small changes were still evident. Former Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida returns to the House representing Florida's 9th District with a commanding 62-37% victory over Todd Long. Also in florida, outspoken Congressman Alan West of the 18th District looks to be heading for defeat, and in Minnesota Tea Party Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is holding down a very slim lead.

Another Tea Party favorite, Joe Walsh of Illinois has been defeated by war veteran Tammy Duckworth by more than 10 points.

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Incumbent Congressman Peter DeFazio has defeated challenger Art Robinson for the second time to retain his House seat. With DeFazio polling more than 58% of the vote and Robinson trailing with just on 40%, the race has been called barely an hour after the polls have closed.

in other state races, despite Douglas County heavily favoring Republican candidates, Oregon again has trended toward the democratic candidates. Secretary of State Kate Brown has been returned over challenger Knute Buehler, Ted Wheeler has been returned over Tom Cox and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has defeated challenger James Buchal.

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With few states left to call, most major networks have called the 2012 Presidential election for Barack Obama. Key battleground state Florida remains too close to call with President Obama leading 50-49% with 97% of the vote counted and few chances for challenger Mitt Romney to pick up the votes needed to take the state.

Republican's will be disappointed if the current electoral map remains as it is and Obama wins Florida and Virginia where he is barely ahead, because their only pick ups are Indiana and North Caroline, both traditionally Republican states and both won surprisingly in 2008 by Obama.

In Douglas County election results are now in with what seems to be little surprise in the key state and county offices. The majority of Douglas County votes have gone to Republican contenders Art Robinson over Peter DeFazio in the 4th Congressional district Race, for Knute Buehler in the Secretary of State race, and for Mitt Romney in the main Presidential race.

In local offices Larry Rich defeated challenger Mike Baker for Mayor of Roseburg, Bob Deaton retained the mayoralty of Canyonville and Fred Jensen the mayoralty of Glendale.

Keith Tymchuk remains mayor of Reedsport, defeating challenger Merv Cloe and Denny Cameron defeated Tom Boggs to retain the position of mayor of Sutherlin.

Betty Keehley defeated Monte Waller to make it a clean sweep for incumbent mayors in Douglas County.

A full round-up of local results can be viewed here at the Clerk's Office of the local government web site.

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