Obama was right. Romney was wrong. America's young voters, minorities, women and moderates troop to the polls and push the Obama win, overcoming the Republican party's strong base of white voters. Barack Obama becomes the 44th American president, defeating Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states. Obama gets 303 electoral college votes to Romney's 206 and wins the popular vote by at least 1.8 million. Still, he's got tough obstacles ahead: political gridlock, Iran's nuclear threat and Syria. On Wednesday, markets fall in early trade, America's "fiscal cliff" another problem ahead.