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Locals unsure about Obama's reelection

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By now you've all heard: President Obama has won another term in office. But almost half the nation thinks he may not be the man for the job. As our Megan Cruz found out, many New Yorkers echo the nation's uncertainty.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that that the president will be successful in guiding the nation," said Mitt Romney, after losing his presidential bid.

"With your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever," said President Barack Obama.

The results are in: another four years for President Obama.

When we asked people what they thought about the outcome, Paul Siegel from Latham said, "I'm not sure."

On the other hand, Rona Wilson from Albany said, "I'm very very happy about what has happened."

"Same four years of what we just had - nothing," said Berne resident William Brooking.

This Albany diner is as split as the country. In the end, the win came down to electoral votes because the popular vote was right down the middle at 49 percent.

"I think people are very confused," said Wilson. People who are unhappy with how things are said, 'Well, I'll just vote for the other side,' but I don't think the other side will help them."

Others disagree, even some Democrats.

"I thought he was going to do something," said Siegel, "It didn't seem like he was going to do any worse than what we already have."

But the headline isn't just that Obama has a second term. It's also that the Democrats still control the Senate, the Republicans still control the House, leaving people here wondering if another four years will make a difference.

"Now it's going to be another 4 years of nothing - gridlock," said Brooking.

Debra Aybar from Slingerlands says it's up to us to make the most of it.

"We have to live with it and we need to support what happens," said Aybar. "There will always be differences, but these differences in the long run can be worked out."

Especially for our similarities.

"Make the economy a little better," said Siegel.

"Jobs," said Brooking. "There's no jobs."

President Obama addressed supporters in Chicago after walking away with the win. He said, "Whether I've earned your vote or not, I've listened to you. I've learned from you. And you've made me a better President."

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