How Obama won

President Barack Obama won on Tuesday thanks to a carefully crafted and executed re-election strategy put into place not long after the president's 2008 election -- and also thanks to his campaign's ability to bounce back from a disastrous first debate. The victory highlights the Democratic Party's dramatic evolution into a competent, highly organized and focused political organization, experts say. "Democrats have proved themselves better -- more disciplined, rigorous, serious, and forward-looking -- at nearly every aspect of the project of winning elections," writes Sasha Issenberg.

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