How Twitter called the US election

Twitter played a crucial role in the US presidential race often serving as the new first rough draft of history. Love it or hate it, its role in politics appears to be here to stay.

President Barack Obama called it - in less than 140 characters.

Around 11:15 pm EST, just as the networks were beginning to call the race in his favour, Obama took to Twitter to proclaim himself the winner over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

"This happened because of you. Thank you," Obama tweeted.

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