BARACK Obama's return to power kept some US ex-pats up most of the night in Stroud
New York-born musician Ben Kritikos, who now lives in the town, was relieved at Mitt Romney's defeat, if not Obama's victory.
"In some ways, in the first four years, the President could have done a lot more," said Ben, whose last home in the US was in Connecticut 10 years ago.
"I think people voted more against Romney than for Obama.
"Obama said he would close Guantanamo Bay, drone attacks continue, and he has solidified legislation which makes it possible to detain people without trial."
He said Romney's views on equal rights and foreign policy were a major concern for him and many other voters.
US resident Vivienne Walling, whose family hail from Horsley, said local elections in her home town of Spokane in Washington state were more important to her. She said: "I was leaning towards Romney."