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Obama wins a second term as U.S. president

By , Published: November 6 | Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 12:10 AM

A sharply divided America awarded President Barack Obama a second term Tuesday, choosing him over Republican Mitt Romney to lead the repair of an economy that by far remains the country’s biggest concern, the Washington Post projects.The president was poised to narrowly win several tight races in a handful of battleground states. It was the culmination of a staggeringly expensive, extremely close and sometimes bitter contest far removed from Obama’s 2008 message of hope and change.

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President Obama’s reelection, ironically, isn’t about hope and change. The hope is largely gone, but the changes — in the form of Obamacare, Wall Street reform, and tax increases — are already happening.

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Democrats also held onto their majority in the Senate, picking up two seats in early returns with the possibility of a third.By 11 p.m., Obama had already won the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin, the home of Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.Other prizes — Florida, Ohio and Virginia — were still too close to call, but Obama appeared headed to victory because of still-to-be counted votes in Democratic strongholds there.In Florida, Obama clung to a narrow lead, but Democrats were encouraged that the votes remaining to be counted come from South Florida counties where the president enjoys his strongest support.Likewise in Ohio, thought to be the most closely contested state in the election, Obama had a slight lead with many votes still to be counted in the urban areas where he is strongest.

Romney had a lead in another battleground state, Virginia, although the Democrats held onto the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D.) Former governor and senator George Allen (R) conceded the race to another former governor, Tim Kaine, shortly before 11 p.m.

[The latest state-by-state results]

In early results, Obama won his home state of Illinois as well as Massachusetts, where Romney was governor and the place he still calls home. Maryland and the District of Columbia were put in Obama’s column as soon as polls there closed.

Romney was winning across the South, plus West Virginia, Indiana and Oklahoma — traditional Republican states in the presidential contest.

In the high-profile race in Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated
Republican Sen. Scott Brown. Democrats also picked up a Republican seat in Indiana, where Rep. Joe Donnelly prevailed over state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Mourdock had defeated six-term incumbent Sen. Richard G. Lugar in the May Republican primary, but his controversial comments about rape and abortion changed the tone of the general election campaign. In Missouri, Democrat Claire McCaskill held onto her Senate seat by defeating Republican challenger Todd Akin after he made controversial remarks about rape and abortion as well.

In addition, former Maine governor Angus King, an independent, won the Senate race there. He has not said which party he will align with, but Democrats spent money to oppose King’s Republican challenger.

After more than $2 billion in campaign spending, unprecedented hours of television ads and a record number of voters who cast their ballots before Tuesday, Election Day 2012 was told in timeless tableaus of lines outside schools, volunteers waving signs and Americans emerging with “I Voted” stickers attached to their jackets.

The polls also gave both men reason for concern, and cause for optimism.Despite their worries, more people think the economy is getting better than getting worse, according to the polls, and more blame former President George W. Bush for the economic woes than Obama.More people trusted Obama to look out for the middle class than trusted Romney, and more favored Obama’s prescription for deficit cutting, which involves higher taxes on the wealthy.But about a third of the electorate appears to be made up of independents. Obama won their support four years ago, but the early results showed them breaking for Romney this time.The prize of the night is Ohio — no Republican presidential candidate has ever prevailed without the state in his column. Early exit polls indicated the electorate might be slightly more favorable to the president.

Interviews with voters showed Obama with a strong favorable rating (55 percent), while more had an unfavorable view of Romney than favorable.

The electorate is also slightly more liberal, more African American and slightly less evangelical than four years ago, when the president won the state.

Both Obama and Romney reached out Tuesday to undecided voters and their bases of support, but the polls showed that about 70 percent of the voters decided whom to vote for before September,

Obama stayed close to home in Chicago on Election Day, visiting campaign workers, taking a turn at the phone bank — reassuring those at the other end that it was, indeed, the president calling — and conducting several interviews

After an acrimonious campaign far different from his 2008 message of hope and change, Obama saluted his Republican competitor. “I also want to say to Governor Romney, ‘Congratulations on a spirited campaign.’ I know his supporters are just as engaged, just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today,” the president said.

Then it was on to a traditional pickup game of hoops at the Attack Athletics facility, where he played with, among others, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, former Duke University player and Obama aide Reggie Love, and old friends Michael Ramos and Martin Nesbitt.

Romney seemed to have some nervous energy to shed as well, before awaiting the results in Boston.

“I can’t imagine an election being won or lost by, let’s say, a few hundred votes and you spent your day sitting around,” Romney told Richmond radio station WRVA early Tuesday morning. “I mean, you’d say to yourself, ‘Holy cow, why didn’t I keep working?’ And so I’m going to make sure I never have to look back with anything other than the greatest degree of satisfaction on this whole campaign.”

Romney and Ryan visited Richmond Heights, Ohio, and had lunch at a Wendy’s — burger and chili — before heading to Pennsylvania. At Pittsburgh International Airport, Romney was met by hundreds of supporterspacked into the top and middle levels of a nearby parking garage, cheering the candidate’s arrival.A visibly moved Romney, clad in a white shirt and slacks, stepped into the late afternoon sun and walked across the tarmac to a spot near a metal fence separating him from the supporters in the garage.
Afterward, a reporter asked how the moment made him feel. “That’s when you know you’re gonna win,” Romney said.Later, he, too, had kind words about his opponent. “The president has run a strong campaign; I believe he is a good man and wish him well, and his family well,” Romney said. “He is a good father and has been a good example of a good father, but it is time for a new direction. It is a time for a better tomorrow.”With hours of voting left to go, the campaigns searched the battleground states for signs.In Florida, Republican Party strategist David Johnson told GOP leaders that the Democrats’ huge 2008 early voting advantage had shrunk to a more manageable level. Four years ago, 354,374 more Florida Democrats than Republicans voted early or absentee before Election Day, and the margin this year is down to 161,884, Johnson said.In Cleveland, officials estimated that more than half of the registered voters in crucial Cuyahoga County had cast ballots by 2:30 p.m., and Democratic Party officials were hoping to push that number significantly higher to get Obama the edge he needs in Ohio.

“When this gets north of 60 [percent], I’ll breathe a little easier,” said county Democratic Chairman Stuart Garson. “I’d like to see it cross 70” percent.

While crowds had eased at some polling stations by mid morning, other voting sites reported near-record turnout, a sign that the country had listened when both candidates told them that this election represented a crucial choice between two starkly different visions at a critically important time.

“This is unusual. Usually you’re out in 20 minutes,” said Patty Hicks, who faced an hour-long wait at 10:30 a.m. at a school in the swing state of New Hampshire. “I think people realize how important this election is.”

Bonnie Argeropoulos, an exit poller stationed at the school, said she didn’t know what she would do if the lines continued. “I’m going to run out of surveys,” she said. “I’ve never seen it like this.”

In storm-ravaged New Jersey, voters displaced by superstorm Sandy were being permitted to apply for mail-in ballots by fax or e-mail, raising concerns about possible hacking and fraud. Officials said so many requests poured it that it was hard to keep up, and some voters would not receive their ballots until Friday.

Dozens of polling stations in New Jersey and New York had to be relocated because of storm damage.

In Massachusetts, the White House race and a high-profile and tightly contested U.S. Senate contest between Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican incumbent Scott Brown was driving heavy turnout. Lines crawled down hallways of schools, outside firehouses and around community centers in the Boston suburbs of Cambridge, Somerville and Braintree.

“I just totally buy into her message of wanting to work for the little people and make sure working families get a fair shake,” said Emily Kathan, 41, a Warren supporter in Somerville.

At a polling place at a community center in the suburban town of Braintree, voters spoke of Brown’s charm and willingness to vote with Democrats as reasons for going red in a very blue state. “Brown’s a regular guy driving a truck — he relates to everybody,” said Ron Bonigli, 71. “I think Warren leans way too Democrat.”

In Washington’s Maryland suburbs, Latino voters turned out in force to support the state’s Dream Act, which would qualify illegal immigrants in the state to pay in-state college tuition.

“God gives us this freedom to contribute to change,” said Francisco Javier Mercado, 42, a Salvadoran immigrant who was voting for the first time. “As a citizen, I feel for the thousands of young people who came here looking for opportunity and have difficulties affording a college education.”

Darryl Fears in Manchester, N.H., Stephanie McCrummen in Boston, Felicia Sonmez in Pittsburgh, Susan Svrluga in Arlington and Craig Timberg in Cleveland contributed to this report.

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Obama wins reelection, according to network projections

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Maritime
Fox news said that Mitt Romney has not even left his room. Really this is who you goobs wanted to become President? How would he have dealt leading the world when he can’t even leave his room?
DannyH8r
Supreme Court. Soooooo SWEEEEEEET!!!
Greyhounds
So if the headline is correct,does it mean that we’ve got four more years of Chewbaca as our First Lady?
treetopf1yer
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ghinnova
More fun. Images of cheering Obama supporters…on Fox news!
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reagansucksbigtime
Mitt Romney hasn’t written a concession speech? Is he just going to recycle the 47 percent stuff?
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hbruno
Now I hope the far right extremists will follow through on their pledges, and leave the country! Good riddance
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bobby20
I CANT WAIT to hear that b*itch Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the view tomorrow!
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tony yeykal
Herr Rove should be waterboarded and exiled to the Cayman Islands..
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bluethunder1
What are these lying, cheating, scamming right wing thugs going to do now?
Carolyn1520
This must be God’s will.
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braultrl
Too bad Ohio’s idiot Secretary of State had to make a fool of the election…and be so irrelevant!
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Swell
Someone named “Karl Rove” has just walked into the Canadian Embassy in Washington asking for political asylum.Odd, no?
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OpenMindDC
Ive had enough of fox news (back on MSNBC)Fox News is what causes brain rot
SiDevilIam
I wrote an obituary, political obituary, for conservative candidate, Mitt Romney on July 18, 2012. I also said more than once that conservativism, such as it is, may not exist in future, unless they come together on their choice, Mitt Romney, shape his campaign in proper terms.SiDevilIamOBITUARY COLUMN: Mitt Romney, 65, DOA@webworldismyoyster.comUS media banned me from making comments for various reasons as WaPo did.I do not feel sorry for what I wrote. Mitt was not a right choice.

…and I am Sid Harth@elcidharth.com

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Claudiusmaior
America said “yes” today to a woman’s right to choose.
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The American Patriot 1776
Wingnuts are whining that Mitt is winning the popular vote. Remember John Kerry????? Hello? Wake up!
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elthrasher
12:03 AM EST
Because all the returns aren’t in from the west coast yet. Obama will win the popular vote.
reagansucksbigtime
YES, WE STILL CAN!!!!
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TrueLies2
WE the People have spoken…McConnell, either listen or SELF DEPORT
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RandomAnon
“THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!!1111″
-Signed, the people who have been calling you names for four years.
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Jason Nesmith
12:02 AM EST
Talk about your all time backfires.Thanks GOP for energizing the Dems!
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The fat lady has sung and Obama has won. Rove, the fat boy, is still in denial.
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ghinnova
Rove not giving up. Dick!
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scotchleaf
Love it!
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Swell
Excuse Me, Mr. President…There is somebody named “BiBi” who said you know him? He is on the phone.
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scotchleaf
12:02 AM EST
Tell him I’m busy, and the rent’s going to have to be late!
RonaldWilsnReagan666
“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” Romans 13:1 “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God and those which exist are established by God.” If the law of the land is that everyone must pay war taxes then that is what we must do. It is the law!The killer app that brought down evil….
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cmsatown
Republicans blaming everyone..and everything ..except themselves.par for the course..
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OpenMindDC
Rove is clearly in trouble.
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jhillmurphy
12:02 AM EST
Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.
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reagansucksbigtime
FYI: Rove is on Fox News arguing that Mitt is going to win Ohio.I imagine there’s some unfriendly men off camera if he stops talking.
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Claudiusmaior
America said “no more” to the 1%….
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tony yeykal
Mitt might be smoking some of that Mass. weed just legalized…
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indy77
Obama is going to win Ohio.He’s also going to win VA, CO and FLThe Ohio talk is a non-issue
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Senavifan
Republicans.You party went too far. Into extremism.Because of demographics, things will get worse.Time to put down the extremism and go another way.The popular vote win for Obama now looks to be greater than 1 million when all the votes are counted.

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treetopf1yer
Quote me a poll, reptards!
Quote me a poll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LisaWhite1
Ryan will have more time to run even faster marathons
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dummy4peace
12:02 AM EST
yes in Wisconsin!
nyskinsdiehard
Best part of all this: We will never have to hear Ann Romney’s superior, spoiled, nasty voice again!
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damnright!!!
where are all those jack a$$ repugnants now that were on the WAPO boards
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UnfundedWars&TaxCuts
Goodbye to anti-science Neanderthals.
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Diaperdawg
TRUMP’s thinking of new ways to get Obama’s documents.
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carter0311
Romney LIED for over a year and now Karl Rove is CRYING, because he betted and lost billions of dollars on Mitt the Twit.
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GeoType
karl rove is sweating bullets on fox.
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TrueLies2
John McCain must be laughing his a$$ off ….
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AKShrubhater
Republicans just had their SWAN SONG, their Party is TOAST!
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ghinnova
Mitt’s taxes gonna go up. Awe snap!
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reagansucksbigtime
America just wasn’t ready for a VP with a widow’s peak. Maybe next time, Munster Boy.
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MassResident1
See you in 2 years, Koch bros., Adelson and whoever.
The money you donated to Romney was a drop in the bucket, but glad to see it wasted.
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‘Revenge’ by the people who truly love America is sweet!
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Roger – Portland, Or.
I promised myself that when this moment happened, and knew it would, that I would not gloat. I will not gloat. It’s not right. It’s not in the spirit of why we wanted Obama to win in the first place.To all you posters who, shall I say, did not agree with myself and my fellow Obama supporters, it’s been a hell of a run we have all had in defending and or attacking the other’s position. I’m sorry if it’s gonna feel lame tonight. We’ve all been on that side of the fence. It sucks doesn’t it?So, may the sting fade quick and may I reach out my hand in an offering of peace.I hope we can all work together just as John and Jane Citizens and make this a better country.Take Care.

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torecilla
Take that Netanayu
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kumarswamy
I think it is tough sell that Romney did. He did excellently infact. Turning from conservative republican (from primary) to moderate politician (to general election) is not easy. I thought Romney did that with ease. For democrates it is natural to sound liberal, no need to change the colors.While congradulating Obama’s remarkable victory, it should be noted that Romney did a masterfull shrewed political manuvers, which almost shaken the to be victorious candidate.It is bad that Romney lost, but Obama deserves a re-election. Both men’s efforts should be applauded and celebrated. However GOP has a long way to go to get away from ideological stupidity.
Swell
OMG! I just saw an African-American at the Romney Rally!Oh. It was a Secret Service Agent.Nevermind.
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Raven_Hawk
Bring on the fat lady…and get it over with.
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cmsatown
Romney campaign is booing candy crowley..total lack of class
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uscotty50
Bye to Romney, Ryan, Macaca, Josh Mandel, Scott Brown…What happened to Allen West?
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Claudiusmaior
America said “no” to Republican racism tonight…….
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Will repub’s continue their war on women
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Romney is a coward.
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So glad that this election is over. Hopefully Mitt will just stop running for office now too.
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Boner and Cantor better get ready to work with out President or get wiped off the face of the Earth next election cycle!
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Soooo many firsts.The first, black, nobel prize winning president to win a second term.
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Its not over in Ohio. Romney is actually up 20,000 votes right now.aMERICANS NEED TO HAVE THESE VOTES COUNTED CORRECTLY. ITS TOO EARLY TO CALL OHIO.
Jason Nesmith
12:00 AM EST
–sad face–
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Nyetaryan
12:01 AM EST
It doesn’t matter what happens in Ohio, which will go Obama. Florida and Virginia are going Obama
No-Man’s-Land
OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!
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god has spokenGods plan is defined.Repubs… you are NOT part of god’s plan.self–deport?SELF DESTRUCT!

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To the American People:You’ve made your choice.Now you will have to live with it.
TrueLies2
11/6/2012 11:59 PM EST
proudly…
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UnfundedWars&TaxCuts
11/6/2012 11:59 PM EST
BwahBwah
KP-Dallas
11/6/2012 11:59 PM EST
Rush Limbo is back on Oxycontin.
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postmoderator
This comment has been deleted by a moderator for violating the site’s discussion policy.
Perhaps Mitt wants to show us his tax returns now.
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WinstonSmith7
I’m halfway expecting Rove to spit, spin around, and fall off of his chair, like John Belushi on Weekend Update.
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Will Rush be moving to Costa Rica?
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Conservative Policies – Fail.
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Paulier…still think I am an idiot who doesn’t know what she is talking about?
Stupid-A.
Nate Silver was right again
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Good Bye Myth Romney, Ann Romney, Todd Atkins & George Allen! OBAMA2012
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RonaldWilsnReagan666
R E V E N G E
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Hey goobs the world ends in DEC 21, 2012….the Mayans said so.So cheer up
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RonaldWilsnReagan666
11/6/2012 11:59 PM EST
Just before Xmas, better open the presents early.
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nyskinsdiehard
The GOTea are proving to be sore losers, but they’re LOSERS nonetheless!!Obama/Biden 2012!! And a MUCH STRONGER VICTORY than we all saw coming.The GOTea’s bitter whining is music to my ears! I’m lovin’ it!The GOTea’s legacy: Waaah! Waaah! Waaah!
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reagansucksbigtime
ALL OF YOU: Bring offerings of sweet and salty snacks and the finest meats and cheeses to lay at the feet of Numbers Shaman Nate Silver!
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nyskinsdiehard
11/6/2012 11:59 PM EST
The one guy with the correct methodology, as it turns out!
Thinker_
12:00 AM EST
IF not for him, many would have been too discouraged to vote. serious.
Mitt already boarded the plane for France.
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UnfundedWars&TaxCuts
Nevada for Obama.
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Dont Stop Till You Get Enough
If only Clint did not talk to that empty chair………
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C’Mon Willard….we want to hear our hero, Obama, speak.
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dummy4peace
11/6/2012 11:58 PM EST
Let Mitt cry it out first.
Rachel Maddow talking about Republican rejection of reality LOL
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hysteria_625
11/6/2012 11:58 PM EST
SHE ROCKS
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kgblankinship1
Romney was so confident of victory that he didn’t write a concession speech. Just a few days ago, he and his guys where saying that the midwestern ‘firewall’ was burning.
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Any party that puts the party before the nation has no place in DC.
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Republican next steps1) Deny legitamcy of the election, claim their was voter fraud in Democratic leaning counties, and put head in sand in the face of election results.2) Accept Obama remains president, but blame Hurricane Sandy, blame the unfair tactics of the Democratic machine, and claim Romney wasn’t a true conservative.3) Never ever accept that Republican policies were rejected.
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reagansucksbigtime
For an alternative reality, keep watching Fox News, where Romney still has a chance to be president!
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Hey Willard – time to put on your bigboy pants and try your first beer tonight !If you can’t have a Cold One right after losing a Presidential Election,
what’s the point of being human ?
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You know what happens to people who makes promises to rich people and don’t deliver, Rove? Start running, fat boy!!
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Where’s SHAME HANNITY?? He must be drunk off of his A$$ right about now!
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The old school republicans are going to drag Romney out on that stage and make him concede.
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There are some big questions about Ohio… they still have Hamilton County to count…. there’s still
Delaware County… there’s 700,000 MORE VOTES TO COUNT.Republican officials need to looking into this CLOSELY. Americans deserve to have their vote count.
Karl can take his eraser board and stick it …..
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Congrats – President Obama 4 more years. It ‘s a great day for America!
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True, after the west coast votes counted, popular vote will be for Obama too.
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Where is Romney? What a weenie?
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The senate and oval office are properly configured – next stop the House in 2014…
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Rove is going to be wearing cement shoes…he promised a lot of billionaires a win tonight…or else…
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corkpreston
11/6/2012 11:57 PM EST
I hope this will finish off karl
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carkett
11/6/2012 11:58 PM EST
we can only hope…
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braultrl
11/6/2012 11:58 PM EST
That really need to happen.
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Another small step for Obama, another giant step for mankind.
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clandestinetomcat
11/6/2012 11:58 PM EST
As long as “mankind” isn’t a proud American.
thetroubleboys
Popular and electoral college votes. What will you do, Fox News?As Sid said in Toy Story, “where are your rebel friends now?”
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RonaldWilsnReagan666
What I’m looking forward to is the Mayan calendar being adopted by the southern babtists…
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MassResident1
Karl Rove and Crossroads wasted half a billion dollars. and there he is on Fox News.
Fox News, and its viewers, should run him out of town.
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Jason Nesmith
Rove’s still harping on Ohio. I thought Repulicans always made smart investments?
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Ramlochurn Bihargeen
You libs mind if I pour myself a scotch, and let you libs talk amongst yourselves for a while?
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RandomAnon
11/6/2012 11:57 PM EST
GO FOR IT.
No-Man’s-Land
11/6/2012 11:57 PM EST
Aww
LisaWhite1
11/6/2012 11:57 PM EST
enjoy your scotch
coolcal71
11/6/2012 11:57 PM EST
Not too late to join us.
cmsatown
11/6/2012 11:57 PM EST
have 7
The American Patriot 1776
11/6/2012 11:57 PM EST
Drink as many as you can.
Jason Nesmith
11/6/2012 11:58 PM EST
It’s really koolaid.
How does Dick Morris look now? LOL….nice landslide
Cali will put Obama over the top on popular vote = mandate
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Michael Gerson– where are you?
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uscotty50
11/6/2012 11:57 PM EST
He’s on Fox right now…
By the way, Fox saying Romney won the popular vote is BS.CALIFORNIA, BOYS… Remember us?24 million STRONG.
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French Reebis, French Reebish…Please pick up Line 2.A Mr. Coke wants to speak withh you.
kgblankinship1
Still no concession from the Romney camp. Makes you wonder if the GOP bigwigs aren’t placing phone calls, waking up generals…
So much for the subvert the vote effort.Republicans, you are now an endangered species. Change or go extinct.
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EeyoreHundredAcreWoods
Both Seamus and I will sleep better tonight.
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reagansucksbigtime
hilarious… Rove is trying to get Fox to reverse their call for Obama!! Bizarre!But I guess if I’d just wasted $300 million of someone else’s money, I’d be worried too.
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A mandate against Rove, Adelson and the Koch brothers!!!!
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At least the Mittster won the old confederacy!
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it’s been fun rubes….what’s your next talking point?
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Raven_Hawk
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
Ben Ghazi
And here come the end of the world predictions of the sore losers!
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Rove’s throwing a fit because he had some dirty tricks up his sleeve, but the turnout was too big for them to work.
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Put Christie in drag and send him out to sing.CONCEDE MITT
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rove unwilling (unable?) to accept the facts
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TrueLies2
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
what a surprise
NBC predicts Obama to win popular vote by about 1.5%
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The Dark Knight rises!
Time to give millions of illegal amnesty and cut SS to fix the debt.
Raven_Hawk
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
Won’t happen
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ghinnova
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
eat it loser
TrueLies2
11/6/2012 11:58 PM EST
lol
like reagan did
robgomez19841
When the popular vote doesn’t count, we lose. It’s happening too frequently now.
Pepe_McPoop
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
Obama’s going to win the popular vote.
Claudiusmaior
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
obama will win the popular vote………
I’d like to give a shout-out to Richard Mellon Scaife, Rupert Murdoch, the Coors brothers, and, most of all, the Koch brothers. And, on behalf of all the TV stations out there – Thanks!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK4fJhbRL1g
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Dont Stop Till You Get Enough
You Romney supporters were sick in the head if you thought America was going to let him win….don’t worry tho ObamaCare covers pre existing conditions so everythings going to be okay……
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Get ready for four more dark years under Obama, America!
arm320
11/6/2012 11:55 PM EST
Tool
UnfundedWars&TaxCuts
Rove is just trying to save his status.
WinstonSmith7
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
He’s trying to save his fat a s s.
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Romney won more of the vote in land mass with corn fields..so what??
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I think it is tough sell Romney did. He did excellently infact. Turning from conservative republican (from primary) to moderate politician (to general election) is not easy. I thought Romney did that with ease. For democrates it is natural to sound liberal, no need to change the colors.While congradulating Obama’s remarkable victory, it should be noted that Romney did a masterfull shrewed political manuvers, which almost shaken the to be victorious candidate.It is bad that Romney lost, but Obama deserves a re-election. Both men’s efforts should be applauded and celebrated. However GOP has a long way to go to get away from ideological stupidity.
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EeyoreHundredAcreWoods
So Rhombutt and his fellow travelers get their just desserts…
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zachjhamilton
Okay, Mitt, fine. You only prepared a victory speech? Just give the damn victory speech anyhow and then go home, please!
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reagansucksbigtime
Cue the insane right wing conspiracy theories in 3…2…1…
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Fall on the bayonet, Rove!!!
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Please retreat Governor…
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Obama’s going to win the popular vote, too.
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Ess a dee, angry old white guys!
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Claudiusmaior
Even the Koch brothers’ billions couldn’t bribe the people……….
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Intelligent people have won and racist and ignorance people lost
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ASMITH1 – can’t accept the inevitable….. follow the Mitt Witt and Leona Helmsley into the sunset!
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Romney still not ready to concede.lolThat’s ok, just hurts the republican party even more.
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dummy4peace
11/6/2012 11:55 PM EST
Romney is not the math genius he claims to be.
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Why do you Repubs think having Karl Rove as a spokesman/leader is a good thing?
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corkpreston
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
He heps the repub’s lose
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Ramlochurn Bihargeen
Does this mean Barry’s finally going to take responsibility for something?Anything?
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TrueLies2
11/6/2012 11:54 PM EST
yes…your medical and psychological services
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Jason Nesmith
11/6/2012 11:54 PM EST
–sad face–
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RonaldWilsnReagan666
11/6/2012 11:54 PM EST
A big win hopefully…
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Herr Rove should retreat to his bunker with his Gestapo pals – War’s over…
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History will not be kind to the mendacity of the republicans.
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But but but ….. mitt won the first debate .
LisaWhite1
11/6/2012 11:54 PM EST
lol
God has spokenGods plan is defined.Repubs… you are NOT part of god’s plan.self–deport?SELF DESTRUCT!!!!

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Rove blames Sandy. What a sad sack of crap, he is.
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Fox news is now asking what is wrong with the Republican base. I have been asking the same question, what is wrong with them?
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WinstonSmith7
11/6/2012 11:55 PM EST
They’re all drunks, druggies, serially divorced, ignorant domestic abusers. In other words, they populate the red states. Reagan wouldn’t even recognize the GOP if he were alive today.
Rove trying to get Fox to resend fox network calling it for Obama.
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bobby20
11/6/2012 11:54 PM EST
he is a JACKA$$!!
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Con man Karl Rove does not want to concede Ohio.
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reagansucksbigtime
Hey Mitt? Just give your concession speech atop Rafalca, and ride the hell off to the Cayman Islands.
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One would hope that the results – not just Obama’s win but the fact that the GOP got slammed in the competitive senate races – would lead to some soul-searching in the GOP.
Given the direction of the GOP since 2008, though, I’m not that hopeful.
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Obama is over 270 even without OHIO now.Concede ROMNEY
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I’ve been busy with my Columbian teenage girls, French booze, and Iranian caviar.Have they called Virginia for Obama yet? If they have not, they should.
And same sex marriage ballot questions win in Maine and Maryland!
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LisaWhite1
11/6/2012 11:54 PM EST
in both states? woooohoooo
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Both Romney and Ryan told us how good their math skills are.
IF this were true, they would have conceded by now.
Lies built on lies will tumble sooner or later.
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This concludes the one hit wonder kid Mitt Romney’s political ambition!
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Rove must really be throwing a fit on FOX
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So much for not knowing who won until tomorrow.I think Nate Silver is going to be a multi-millionaire quite soon.
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Jesus, Republicans are going to quadruple down and run an even more conservative candidate next time.
Thinker_
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
Who? Hitler?
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Mitt Romney — repeat loser.
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Tea Bugs lose again.
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MassResident1
Bye bye Tea Party, and Fox News (hopefully).
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SchadenfreudeHA ha !
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Get out of the doorway if you can’t lend a hand, Pubs!
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clandestinetomcat
America just lost out on a great Presidential candidate who could have gotten us all going in the right direction.At least the majority of American voters get it.
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Thinker_
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
BS.
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clandestinetomcat
11/6/2012 11:54 PM EST
Brilliant response Thinker
uscotty50
11/6/2012 11:54 PM EST
Electoral College say No
Mitt going the way of another Mass. Governor called Dukakis..
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zachjhamilton
Everybody smoke one for Obama tonight!
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“Let Detroit go bankrupt!”
dwightspears921
Now mitt can go to the caymans and spend some of that cash he made sending our jobs to China
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If Obama is re-elected, we allowed the BAD GUY to win– over the extremely competent, qualified and experienced guy.America is in a Downward Spiral.
RandomAnon
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
lol. come back to reality.
LisaWhite1
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
give it up
Jason Nesmith
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
Hows the weather in Alabama?
Obama just won Nevada.
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Thank GodNow, please Republicans, figure out how to actually work with the rest of us so that you can do your job!Now, on to the Fiscal Cliff!
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Obama ahead in Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Florida
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CNN says “warm up the fat lady”
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Obama to get to 330 EV
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“Elections have consequences.”
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asmith1
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
Romney won the popular vote by more than 1 million votes (as of 11:00pm). To give the election to Obama when the voters have said Romney is their choice sends a clear message to voters that they wasted their time standing in line – in some areas for hours.This also send a clear message that the American voters’ votes do NOT matter.
funkey
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
rechec your numbers. it ain’t 11 any more.
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Raven_Hawk
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
Suck on it Asmith
Diaperdawg
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
That’s impressive!
Vulture capitalist, get the hell out of our country!!
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Hope AND change, beeyotches!
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reagansucksbigtime

Hey wingnuts?

Your Crippling Misery Tonight Is My Greatest Joy

CONGRATULATIONS, MR. PRESIDENT!! WELL DONE!!

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cognitogrrl
11/6/2012 11:58 PM EST
Damn straight!!
Ramlochurn Bihargeen
After aaaaalllll the education I’ve provided you libs, THIS is how you repay me?!?
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Raven_Hawk
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
You suck
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RandomAnon
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
Obvious troll is obvious.
Jason Nesmith
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
Free education? Isn’t that socialism?
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11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
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The American Patriot 1776
11/6/2012 11:55 PM EST
You are all America hating trash
The American Patriot 1776
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
We spit on you
I hope this is the nail in the coffin for the Tea Party. Congrats, dopes most of candidates lost to Dems.
Take out OHIO…NEVADA called for Obama still 270 without Ohio.Give it up ROMNEY
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Romney did best when he pretended to be a Democrat. Should tell you something.
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Trump calls for revolutionHe is a terrorist and must be deported.
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babalooixnay
I’d love to hear the name of the waiter who taped the 47% comments, he’s due a round of drinks in my neighborhood. And I hope he was a union waiter to boot.
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RandomAnon
11/6/2012 11:51 PM EST
Jimmy Carter’s revenge
TrueLies2
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
ditto!!!DITTO!!!I think Meagan Kelly is available, and given her attire and hook-up heels, is interested.
scotchleaf
11/6/2012 11:54 PM EST
I hope she was a waiter!
Brit Hume just threw up on Krauthammer
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TrueLies2
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
a whole new meaning to “UP CHUCK”
uscotty50
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
LMAO
robgomez19841
Well, he was not elected by the people. He lost the popular vote. So, how much of a victory is that? He gets elected by some elite people we don’t even know who htey are..Congratulations to the loser: Obama. LOL
brooklynpark
11/6/2012 11:51 PM EST
he has not lost the pop vote.
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robgomez19841
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
50-49 Romney. Yes, he lost it.
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Claudiusmaior
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
same victory “W” had in 2000……..without stealing the election
babalooixnay
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
Oh dang, we forgot to tell the Republicans about the Electoral College
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robgomez19841
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
we lose. when the popular vote doesn’t matter, we lose.
Fox news officially calls it for Obama, Fox on air staff refusing to believe it.
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OpenMindDC
11/6/2012 11:51 PM EST
pathetic
OH YES WE CAN!!!!
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cognitogrrl
11/6/2012 11:56 PM EST
OH YES WE DID!!
Now maybe Boehner can tell Eric Cantor to take a flying f***.Tea Party is the Democratic Party’s new BFF.
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Has anyone seen our friend Benson can you tell me where he is gone.
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Claudiusmaior
Let Detroit go bankrupt……….right Republicans??
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I’d like to give a shout-out to Richard Mellon Scaife, Rupert Murdoch, the Coors brothers, and, most of all, the Koch brothers. And, on behalf of all the TV stations out there – Thanks!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK4fJhbRL1g
so…all the republicans on here must have been under contract, which has now, thankfully, ended.
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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Robme….concede for christ sake…have some dignity man!!!!
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Time for some serious GOP navel-gazing and re-structuring
Mitt’s lies caught up to him. Buh-bye, Mittens. Sorry you couldn’t cross off POTUS off your bucket list.
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USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A mandate against racism, bigotry, misogyny homophobia, and fascism!!!
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Princess Ann upset, runs to stable to mount her horse.
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UnfundedWars&TaxCuts
Florida governer, vote obstructionist that he is, is probably curisng that Florida does not matter.
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RonaldWilsnReagan666
11/6/2012 11:50 PM EST
RonaldWilsnReagan666
11/6/2012 11:51 PM EST
Sorry, they keep zapping Rom…
Obamacare rocks!
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Ramlochurn Bihargeen
Libs what have you done.
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prc123b
11/6/2012 11:50 PM EST
Won.Get used to it.
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brooklynpark
11/6/2012 11:51 PM EST
won
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RandomAnon
11/6/2012 11:51 PM EST
Righteous things.
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Jason Nesmith
11/6/2012 11:51 PM EST
Engaged in democracy.
The American Patriot 1776
11/6/2012 11:53 PM EST
Obama won, move on.
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I love Obamacare!
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At midnight, Fox News programming will switch over to just playing Sarah McLachlan’s In The Arms of An Angel with sad pictures.
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RandomAnon
11/6/2012 11:50 PM EST
You know they’re going to have those red eye drunks falling over themselves.
IS IT TRUE THERE’S ONLY 1,000 POINT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OBAMA AND ROMNEY IN OHIO?IF SO, THEY CAN’T CALL IT YET.
funkey
11/6/2012 11:50 PM EST
Fox has called it
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Pepe_McPoop
11/6/2012 11:51 PM EST
Outstanding votes are from Democratic counties.
331 Electoral votes possible if not likely.
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Faux News cannot accept Ohio numbers with Rove’s tantrum in the situation room.
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Mitt should grow a pair and give his concession speech – why’s he waiting?
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HerodotusJr
11/6/2012 11:50 PM EST
You answered your own question.
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Diaperdawg
11/6/2012 11:50 PM EST
he didn’t prepare one!
The American Patriot 1776
No more “Obama is a Muslim” bigotry please wingnuts.
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leochen24551
The Republicans in Congress will now revert back to their:
Let’s-Sabotage-President-Obama political tactics,
Let’s-Disrespect-and-Scorn-The-President political tactics,
Let’s-Show-President-Obama-That-African-Americans-Aren’t-Acceptable. political tactics.
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1stRuleAboutBush=YouDon’tTalkAboutBush
BARACK OBAMA – AN AMERICAN TWO TERM PRESIDENT!
So when I look at the map, Willard has essentially won the boondocks.
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Pepe_McPoop
11/6/2012 11:50 PM EST
President of the Confederacy
Donald Trump now calling for revolution
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Dont Stop Till You Get Enough
lol GOP still think they have a shot……..
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WinstonSmith7
Four years of childish slander and character assassination lost the election for the GOP. Have the republicans learned their lessons?
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jhillmurphy
11/6/2012 11:52 PM EST
I doubt it. There are just not enough decent people in the GOP. They’re too wedded to their medieval ideology.
Good Bye Myth Romney, Ann Romney, Todd Atkins & George Allen! OBAMA2012
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Election 2012

  • Projection: Obama wins re-election with Ohio putting him over the top
Results

Presidential Race

Obama 290 49% / 48,160,094
Romney 203 49%/ 48,285,320
Results

Senate Race

Control of Senate
52 44

Needed for Majority: 51

Results

House Race

Control of House
166 214

Needed for Majority: 218

Election 2012

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Obama projected to win Ohio, will win re-election

Ohio exit poll: In tight race, indies back Romney

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As polls close, congressional election results trickle in

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CBS News projects Obama wins re-election

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Obama projected to win Ohio, will win re-election

CBS News projects McCaskill, Donnelly win Senate seats

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As polls close, congressional election results trickle in

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Updated: 11: 27 p.m. ET – Democrats will continue to hold the majority in the Senate, CBS News projects.Republicans needed to pick up four seats in order to overtake the slim Democratic majority, but even with several races outstanding, Democrats have passed the 50-seat mark.A year ago, Republicans were reasonably hopeful of regaining control of the chamber. But in the final days of the campaign season, amid a handful of unforced errors by Republican Senate candidates, it started to look increasingly out of reach.CBS News also projects Democrat Tammy Baldwin to win the Wisconsin Senate race, making her the first openly gay woman to be elected to the Senate.10:57 p.m. ET - Even if Mitt Romney doesn’t win the presidency, his running mate will still have a job to return to: According to CBS News projections, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan will hold on to his Wisconsin House seat.

10:22 p.m. ET - CBS News projects Democrat Tim Kaine will defeat Republican George Allen in the Virginia Senate race.

Kaine, the Democratic former governor, and Allen, a former senator and governor, were running neck-and-neck for months in the costly and closely-watched contest. In recent weeks, however, Kaine appeared to have eked out a slim lead.

10:09 p.m. ET - Republican Deb Fischer will win the Senate race in Nebraska, CBS News projects.

10:00 p.m. ET – CBS News projects that Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, will beat Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race.

Mourdock, a Tea Party-backed conservative, defeated longtime moderate incumbent Dick Lugar in a surprise upset in the state’s GOP primary earlier this year, and was locked in a tight race with Donnelly in recent weeks. The race seemed to take a turn toward Donnelly, however, after Mourdock suggested that pregnancies resulting from rapes were “something that God intended to happen.” The win, a pick-up for Democrats, will make it tougher for Republicans to overtake Democrats in the Senate.

9:49 p.m. ET – CBS News projects Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, will be re-elected to the Senate.

9:46 p.m. ET - Democrat Elizabeth Warren will beat incumbent Republican Scott Brown in the closely-watched Massachusetts Senate race, CBS News projects.

The race has been among the most costly and contentious of the cycle.

Warren, a liberal favorite and consumer advocate, pulled ahead of Brown in recent polls, but the race has remained tight throughout.

9:26 P.M. ET - Republicans will retain control of the House of Representatives, CBS News projects.

According to CBS News projections, Republicans have hit the magic number of 218 seats needed to maintain control. CBS News projections has Democrats winning 195 seats. There remain a number of outstanding races for which CBS News has yet to project a winner.

Democrats needed to pick up 25 Republican seats in tonight’s election.

9:00 p.m. ET – The polls are now closed in 14 additional states, including Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. CBS News projects that Republican Ted Cruz, a rising Tea Party star, will win the Texas Senate race, and Wyoming incumbent Senator John Barrasso, a Republican. CBS News also projects wins for Democratic incumbent Senators Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan, Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, and Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota.

8:30 p.m. ET – CBS News projects that Democrat Chris Murphy will defeat Republican Linda McMahon in the Connecticut Senate race. McMahon, the co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., also mounted an unsuccessful Senate bid against Democrat Richard Blumenthal in 2010.

In Virginia, according to the state Board of Elections, long lines at the polls have delayed the reporting of results.

8:00 p.m. ET- CBS News is projecting Angus King, an independent, to win the Maine Senate contest. He will replace Olympia Snowe, the longtime moderate Republican Senator from the state. CBS News also projects that Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson will beat Republican Connie Mack in the Florida Senate race.

Also in the Senate, CBS News projects wins for Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, Delaware Democrat Thomas Carper, Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin, and Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

7:30 p.m. ET – Polls have now closed in Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia. CBS News is projecting Democrat Joe Manchin as winner of the West Virginia Senate race.

7:00 p.m. ET - With polls now closed in six states, the first exit poll tallies are starting to trickle in. But the presidential election is not the only contest at stake: Republicans are fighting for control over the Senate, and Democrats are taking a stab at regaining the majority in the House.

As of 7:00 p.m. ET, polls had officially closed in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia. CBS News is projecting Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, as the winner of the Vermont Senate race.

No call has yet been made in Virginia and Indiana, which are home to some of the most closely-watched Senate races in the country: In Virginia, the Democratic former governor Tim Kaine is running against Republican George Allen, a former senator and governor. In Indiana, meanwhile, Democrats have a critical – and unexpected – opportunity to pick up a seat amid recent controversy from the conservative Republican candidate Richard Mourdock. Mourdock defeated longtime Senator Richard Lugar, a moderate Republican, in the primary.

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SiDeVilIam says:
SiDevilIam
12:02 AM EST
I wrote an obituary, political obituary, for conservative candidate, Mitt Romney on July 18, 2012. I also said more than once that conservativism, such as it is, may not exist in future, unless they come together on their choice, Mitt Romney, shape his campaign in proper terms.

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OBITUARY COLUMN: Mitt Romney, 65, DOA@webworldismyoyster.com

US media banned me from making comments for various reasons as WaPo did.
I do not feel sorry for what I wrote. Mitt was not a right choice.
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Fredd_yyy says:
It’s a shame that the “working class” missed the opportunity to elect a true leader in Romney. We’ll have to sweat out the next four years.
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