STORY SUMMARY: THE FINAL CAMPAIGN It was the presidentas last lap. Win or lose, it was going to be Barack Obamaas 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. ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 08: U.S. President Barack Obama waves to supporters during a campaign on the campus of St. Petersburg College September 8, 2012 in St Petersburg, Florida. Working with the momentum from this week's Democratic National Convention, Obama is doing a two-day campaign swing from one side of Florida to the other on the politically important I-4 corridor.