Obama fans toast victory

Supporters of Barack Obama in Palmerston North have welcomed his re-election as United States president, with Americans living in Manawatu glued to election coverage.

Mr Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney last night (NZ time).

Sara Rosenblatt volunteered for the Obama campaign in 2008 and watched election coverage with her mother, Stephanie Hart, yesterday.

‘‘I’ve been flipping back and forth between Fox and CNN. I’m just thrilled,’’ Miss Rosenblatt said soon after the election result was announced.

Miss Rosenblatt moved to Palmerston North in 2009.

She said she helped Obama’s 2008 campaign because he could back his views with ‘‘logical arguments’’.

Mrs Hart, who moved to New Zealand in 2006, was ‘‘very happy’’ with the result and hoped Mr Obama would visit New Zealand in his second term.

Expatriate American and Palmerston North-based Massey University lecturer Dr Cat Pause was in Auckland monitoring her phone for results.

‘‘My Kiwi friends were more strung out... than I was,’’ she said of the wait for results.

Manawatu Standard