Follow the results live, here on our election night blog11/6/2012
Follow along as we update our election blog with the most up-to-date information and election results from the presidential and congressional races.
2:03 a.m. ET: And as President Obama leaves the stage in Chicago after winning four more years in the White House, our election-night live blog has come to an end. Be sure to get all the latest trending news at msnNOW.com.
1:57 a.m. ET: President Obama: "I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work that lies ahead ... I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest."
1:52 a.m. ET: "Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you."
1:50 a.m. ET: "Progress will come in fits and starts ... but that common bond is where we must begin."
1:45 a.m. ET: President tells his daughters, sorry, "one dog is probably enough."
1:44 a.m. ET: "Michelle, I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder." President also calls Biden the "best vice president anybody could ever hope for."
1:43 a.m. ET: Obama recognizes Romney for his dedication to public service.
1:41 a.m. ET: Obama congratulates Romney and Ryan on a hard-fought campaign.
1:40 a.m. ET: President thanks all voters, whether they voted for him or Romney.
1:38 a.m. ET: Obama: "We are an American family and we rise and fall together as one nation, as one people ... for the United States of America the best is yet to come."
1:36 a.m. ET: Obama has taken the stage in Chicago with Michelle and his daughters by his side.
1:26 a.m. ET: Florida still too close to call, but Obama's lead in the popular vote continues to grow.
1:25 a.m. ET: Still waiting for Obama to take the stage in Chicago. Whenever you're ready, Mr. President.
1:01 a.m. ET: Romney: "I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction..."
12:59 a.m. ET: In short concession speech, Romney admits that the people have chosen whom they want as their leader and tells his supporters now is not the time for political bickering.
12:56 a.m. ET: Romney prays "the president will be successful in guiding our nation."
12:55 a.m. ET: Mitt Romney says he just called Obama to congratulate him on his victory.
12:49 a.m. ET: CBS reporting that Romney has called Obama to concede the election and will be speaking soon.
12:47 a.m. ET: @DamonLindelof: "If I can concede that many didn't like the ending of LOST, Mitt can effing concede Ohio."
12:41 a.m. ET: Results from Virginia are in and Obama is projected to win its 13 electoral votes.
12:33 a.m. ET: Paul Ryan wins ... re-election to the House of Representatives. The VP candidate may not be a heartbeat away from the presidency, but he's carrying on his duties as the rep for Wisconsin's First Congressional District.
12:32 a.m. ET: Obama takes lead in popular vote.
12:30 a.m. ET: @ditzkoff: "NBC's Brian Williams: Donald Trump has 'driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible.'" Burn.
12:16 a.m. ET: @realDonaldTrump is kinda losing it on Twitter: "This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!"
12:10 a.m. ET: Fox News calling battleground state of Colorado for President Obama.
12:09 a.m. ET: Voters in Maine and Maryland approve ballot measures making same-sex marriage legal.
12:00 a.m. ET: Colorado and Washington state join Massachusetts and legalize marijuana usage.
11:57 p.m. ET: Karl Rove just wants us all to be cautious when it comes to announcing results too early ... right before his co-host announces Nevada has gone to Obama.
11:54 p.m. ET: Karl Rove is trying to school us all on why the projection that Obama won Ohio was wrong. He isn't making much sense.
11:47 p.m. ET: Fox News is just fine with the result tonight. They're dropping the names of a bunch of politicians like Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley and Paul Ryan as the faces of a new generation of Republicans to turn things around.
11:41 p.m. ET: Romney campaign not conceding defeat in Ohio despite projection going for Obama.
11:39 p.m. ET: Networks declare victory for Obama as polls show Romney leading in popular vote by more than 200,000.
11:30 p.m. ET: According to MSNBC, the atmosphere at Romney campaign headquarters is "deflated."
11:29 p.m. ET: The Empire State Building is glowing blue.
11:26 p.m. ET: Oh, Donald: @realDonaldTrump: "He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!"
11: 24 p.m. ET: @BarackObama: "This happened because of you. Thank you."
11:16 p.m. ET: NBC News projects Obama has won re-election.
11:14 p.m. ET: Fox News calls Ohio for Obama.
11:13 p.m. ET: Roger Ebert thinks Obama will win, and thus, is going to bed.
11:11 p.m. ET: Obama repeats his Iowa success from 2008 and takes the state.
11:08 p.m. ET: @EWErickson: "Dear President Obama's Team: Thanks at least for not making us have to stay up all night."
11:01 p.m. ET: Obama carries California, Hawaii and Washington, while Romney takes Idaho.
10:57 p.m. ET: North Carolina called for Romney.
10:56 p.m. ET: @algore: "I am confident in saying that President Obama is going to carry the state of Florida tonight."
10:53 p.m. ET: Two words for Sarah Palin's election night hair: the best.
10:51 p.m. ET: More projections: Obama takes Minnesota, dontcha know, while Romney can claim Arizona, even though the residents there sooo wanted to vote for McCain again.
10:42 p.m ET: The Empire State building is still confused on which color its lights are supposed to be, so it's going with both. Just so you know, there can only be one winner, Empire State Building!
10:33 p.m. ET: Election night just became more tolerable for Massachusetts residents now that they've voted to OK medical marijuana.
10:24 p.m. ET: Bad night for guys with ridiculous views on rape. Mourdock projected to lose in Indiana.
10:23 p.m. ET: What was that noise? Oh, it's just the air conditioning turning off in the building. Carry on, election night.
10:16 p.m. ET: Democrats will hold on to power in the Senate, but as CNN points out, "every Senator is important." And unique.
10:07 p.m. ET: Claire McCaskill projected to become the legitimate winner in the Missouri Senate race against Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin.
10:04 p.m. ET: CNN's being very helpful when it comes to telling everyone what they already knew 10 minutes ago.
10:00 p.m. ET: Shocking! Romney projected to win Utah. In related news, world continues to rotate around the sun.
9:59 p.m. ET: Time for another fun fact! (This is just getting painful.) With Wisconsin going to Obama, Romney/Ryan is now the first ticket since 1972 that both candidates have lost their home states.
9:58 p.m. ET: Ricky Gervais, who you'll remember is not American but comes from the redcoat-infested land of England, is telling us to calm down because "Obama has definitely won." What's Karl think?
9:56 p.m. ET: National Review's Robert Costa says the Romney campaign has stopped watching network feeds as returns begin to "sour." Think they're watching reruns of "New Girl"?
9:51 p.m. ET: John King loves tickling Florida on his giant touch screen.
9:49 p.m. ET: Stats guru Nate Silver, @fivethirtyeight: "On The Wall, The Writing."
9:44 p.m. ET: @PaulRyanGosling: "Hey girl, it's getting tighter in Florida. Yeah, baby."
9:38 p.m. ET: Obama projected to win both Wisconsin and New Hampshire.
9:31 p.m. ET: Elizabeth Warren projected to be the winner in the Massachusetts Senate race.
9:30 p.m. ET: Wolf Blitzer loves saying the number "636," which happens to be the number of votes Romney is leading by in Florida.
9:28 p.m. ET: Chris Matthews says the U.S. has started to act "like a Third World Country" in the way that it handles early voting laws, saying partisan people are in charge of keeping elections honest.
9:19 p.m. ET: Despite Romney's last-minute push, Pennsylvania goes to Obama.
9:13 p.m. ET: Reminder, CNN's battleground reporters are not actually reporting from a battleground.
9:11 p.m. ET: Running play by play on things in Florida: Obama's winning ... wait, now Romney ... oh, oh, it's Obama again. Holding your hanging chad closely.
9:07 p.m. ET: Well, whoever wins, they'll be working with a Republican-controlled House. Projections show that the GOP and John Boehner will hold on to the majority.
9:05 p.m. ET: Ouch, with Michigan going to Obama, that means Romney has lost his other home state.
9:02 p.m. ET: A new wave of polls have closed and more results are in. In completely unshocking news, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming have gone to Romney. Big wins though for Obama: CNN reports he's clinched the electoral votes in Michigan and New York.
8:53 p.m. ET: Wolf Blitzer is still surprised to hear that there are voting problems in Florida. In his defense, the year 2000 was a whole 12 years ago.
8:48 p.m. ET: Chris Murphy and Bob Menendez reported to have won their respective races in Connecticut and New Jersey Senate races.
8:47 p.m. ET: Is CNN's John King diagramming election turnout or football plays on his fancy touch screen?
8:45 p.m. ET: It might be election night, but don't forget, you guys, Lindsay Lohan might be going to jail soon ...
8:37 p.m. ET: CNN reporter in Virginia announces he added up some results figures on his own ... without a calculator. Gold star!
8:32 p.m. ET: Ohio results are still coming in, but they show Obama with 58 percent of the votes so far.
8:30 p.m. ET: More results! Arkansas' six electoral votes have gone to Romney, though we wonder how many write-ins Bill Clinton got. Also, badly battered New Jersey has been awarded to Obama.
8:28 p.m. ET: Things might not be going that well for Todd Akin, he of the infamous "legitimate rape" comment. Early exit polls in Missouri show his competitor Claire McCaskill has won that state's Senate race.
8:22 p.m. ET: With a whopping 1 percent of the total votes in across the country (not too early at all), USA Today and its strange blue dot logo are reporting Romney has clinched 51 percent of the popular vote. Don't be shocked if that number fluctuates.
8:20 p.m. ET: Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Senate candidate who said rape was something "God intended to happen" is down against challenger Joe Donnelly.
8:14 p.m. ET: Romney's proving he has the Southern charm locked in. He's been projected to win Georgia and all of its 16 electoral peaches ... er, votes.
8:11 p.m. ET: Election night fun fact: Romney became the first candidate to lose his home state (Massachusetts) since Al Gore lost Tennessee back in 2000.
8:02 p.m. ET: Big wave of results coming in and Obama just got a big bump. CNN projections say the president has taken Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island. According to Fox, Romney has been projected to win Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.
7:52 p.m. ET: New York Times reporting the release of results in Virginia will be delayed as some people are still in line waiting to vote.
7:44 p.m. ET: Newsweek and Daily Beast columnist @mtomasky: "Virginia seems to be counting very slow no?"
7:42 p.m. ET: Romney projected to win South Carolina's nine electoral votes, bringing his total now to 33 while Obama has ... three.
7:30 p.m. ET: Projections have given Romney West Virginia's five electoral votes, while initial reports out of battleground state Ohio show Obama with a slight lead of 51 percent.
7:24 p.m. ET: CNN calling Indiana and its 11 electoral votes for Romney.
7:19 p.m. ET: With more votes coming in Florida is now split, 50-50 between the two candidates, according to CNN.
7:17 p.m. ET: Battleground state Virginia tied with Obama and Romney each getting 49 percent as votes continue to be tallied.
7:10 p.m. ET: Not all polls have closed in Florida, but results show Obama getting 55 percent of the votes.
7:03 p.m. ET: Polls in Virginia, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina have closed but are too close to make projections.
7:02 p.m. ET: With polls closing on the East Coast, CNN has projected Romney will win Kentucky's eight electoral votes, while Obama has taken Vermont's three.
6:47 p.m. ET: Despite the candidates' courtship of undecided voters, 7 out of 10 voters report having made up their minds on who they'd vote for before September. A reported 8 out of 10 say they had decided before the presidential debates annoyed everyone in October.
6:31 p.m. ET: Early and not-surprising-at-all results out of Indiana show Romney taking 65 percent of the vote.
6:28 p.m. ET: Overconfident? Romney has reportedly written an 1,118-word victory speech, according to the Associated Press. Did he just jinx it?
6:25 p.m. ET: Democrats beginning to concede that they will not get the 25 seats necessary to win a majority in the House, according to Politico.
6:20 p.m. ET: The Economist has closed its highly pointless poll asking international readers who they'd vote for, and a whopping 77 percent of people who can't vote in the United States at all say they'd go with Obama.
6:06 p.m. ET: Early results from Kentucky show Mitt Romney leading President Obama with 79 percent of votes cast.
6:02 p.m ET: President Obama takes to Reddit to implore people to vote, regardless of their political views. "I ask that you go out there and cast your vote, whatever your political persuasion," he said. "If you’ve voted already, don't stop there -- spread the word to your friends, roommates, and neighbors. Think of it as upvoting."
5:50 p.m. ET: The early results of an AP exit poll show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy. Six of 10 voters questioned as they left polling places listed the economy as the top issue facing the nation. Half of those polled blame President George W. Bush more than President Obama for the nation's economic woes.
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