Reaction to US elections
BARACK Obama's re-election as US President has been met with a mixed reaction by Americans living in Cheltenham.
Democrat Mr Obama has secured a second term in office after one of the most competitive presidential races in history.
He beat his Republican opponent Mitt Romney by 303 electoral votes to 206.
Cheltenham resident Chris Hyde, from South Carolina, said he was pleased Mr Obama had been re-elected.
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The 41-year-old serving with the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (Arrc) in Innsworth, said: "I'm glad Obama won, as I think he deserves another four years.
"I think he has done a good job of representing the US. I think Romney is a very confident person and he made some good points, but at the same time there was a part of me that wanted Obama to have more time."
Student Jesse Pearson, 19, from Virginia, voted for Romney but said he was not too disappointed that Obama won.
Jesse, who lives in Cheltenham and studies international business at the University of Gloucestershire, said: "I am optimistic because I never thought Obama was a bad leader.
"I voted for Romney because he seemed to stand out more with his plans for the economy. I felt that some new direction was needed.
"But now Obama is President again I'm interested to see what he is going to do."
Jesse, who stayed up until the early hours of yesterday morning to watch the election result, said: "Obviously the election was very important to me, even though I'm living in England.
"I think the main thing for most of the people in the US is the economy and unemployment."
In his victory speech, Mr Obama said: "We have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come."
Mr Obama said he was returning to the White House "more determined, and more inspired than ever" about the work to do and the future. He pledged to work with Republican leaders in Congress to reduce the government's budget deficit, fix the tax code and reform the immigration system.