President Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term on Tuesday (November 6), defeating Republican candidate Mitt Romney in a tight race.

The 44th and current President of the United States, the nation’s first African American president, scored a decisive electoral college victory by stringing together a series of narrow wins in hotly contested states. Of the election’s seven major states, he won at least six.

He won by a 303-203 margin. Following news of victory, Obama tweeted a photo of himself embracing wife Michelle with the simple message (@BarackObama): “Four more years.”

After the win, he promised that the best “is yet to come.”

“While our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up,” Obama told supporters in Chicago early Wednesday. “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.”

Despite the ugliness of their campaign battle, the President said he plans to sit down with Romney in the coming weeks to talk about how they can work together.

“We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe,” said Obama. “We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.”