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At 11:16 pm, Barack Obama announced on the campaign’s official Twitter page that he had won re-election and included a photo of the First Couple hugging. That tweet now holds the record as the most retweeted tweet in the micro-blogging site’s history, less than 24 hours after it had been posted.
Obama’s victory tweet, which simply read “Four more years” is now up to 642,872 retweets.
The announcement also broke records on Facebook, drawing 3.145 million likes, 149,000 comments and 378,000 shares.
The use of social media allowed Obama to thank his social media followers and supporters before he even took the stage in Chicago.
Foreign leaders also got a chance to tweet congratulatory messages. “Warm congratulations to my friend @BarackObama. Look forward to continuing to work together,” British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote.
While some congratulated Obama, Donald Trump called the election “a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!”