Bloomberg by the Numbers: 39

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Democratic supporters celebrate as they watch President Barack Obama give his acceptance speech in Times Square, New York, early on Nov. 7, 2012.

That’s the percentage of white voters President Barack Obama won in Tuesday’s election, down from 43 percent four years ago.

In Ohio, the president did a bit better, winning 41 percent.

White voters represented 72 percent of the electorate nationally, down from 74 percent in 2008, according to the exit polls.

John McCormick and Greg Giroux explain that Obama successfully put together a cross-section of supporters to secure a second term — a coalition of minority, women and young voters.

Obama’s level of support among whites was the lowest since 1992 for a Democratic presidential candidate.

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