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It was the president’s last lap. Win or lose, it was going to be Barack Obama’s final political campaign. The race for his second term in the White House, and the political future of the country, were on the line. With a war chest of over $1 billion to spend, Obama hit the trail. The crowds were energized and emotional, even if they were a little smaller than in 2008. However, his smile and eloquence were still working their magic on supporters from coast to coast. In the end Obama beat the odds: with unemployment hovering near 8-percent and the economy still stuck in the fiscal doldrums, he was able to beat his opponent in the Electoral College and the popular vote by a wide margin. It was a big win and his last victory.