#USvote: The 2012 US Presidential Election

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#USvote: The 2012 US Presidential Election

LIVE BLOG of the 2012 US Presidential election, November 6, 2012.

  • Barack Obama thanked supporters for re-electing him as President of the United States at a rally at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. President Obama won the 2012 election against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by carrying key swing votes such as Ohio, Colorado and Virginia.

  • Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat for Massachusetts Senate Elizabeth Warren embraces her husband Bruce Mann during her victory rally in Boston. Photo by Gretchen Ertl/Reuters.

  • Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney arrives to deliver his concession speech during his election night rally in Boston. Photo by Mike Segar/ Reuters.

  • "I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction," said Romney.

    — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 7, 2012

  • NewsHour Screencap of Romney at the podium conceeding:

  • Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama cheer during his election night victory rally in Chicago. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/ Reuters.

  • Guests celebrate at U.S. President Barack Obama's election night victory rally in Chicago. Photo by Philip Scott-Andrews/ Reuters.

  • The AP says: "The election emerged as a choice between two very different visions of government -- whether it occupies a major, front-row place in American lives or is in the background as a less-obtrusive facilitator for private enterprise and entrepreneurship."
  • U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney walks onto the stage in Boston to give his concession speech after losing the election to U.S. President Barack Obama.. Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

  • “Voters a continent apart made history Tuesday on two divisive social issues, with Maine and Maryland becoming the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote while Washington state and Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana,” Associated Press reports.
  • Mark Shields: President Obama needs to reach out more forcefully to Republicans, “not just summon them to meetings at the White House.”

    David Brooks: He also should acknowledge that even many of the people who voted for him have been disappointed in his performance.
  • A playlist of Election Night coverage and speeches. We will continue to update it through tonight and tomorrow.
  • Christina Bellantoni: In New Hampshire, the governor and entire Congressional delegation are all women -- a first. “This was a good night for women overall.”
  • Rothernberg: Two controversial House Republicans are in tight races -- Allen West in Florida, Michelle Bachmann in Minnesota. (West is down slightly; Bachmann is up slightly.)
  • Brooks on Biden: Gave a fine convention speech, “and he didn’t put his foot in it.” More substantively, he’s done important work on Iraq and dealing with Congress.

    Shields: “You talk to senators, especially Democratic senators, they want to talk to Joe. … The assessment was, ‘The president doesn’t like us. He thinks we’re politicians.’”
  • Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech during his election night rally in Boston. Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters.

  • RT @marcconcepcion: Hi @carmelafonbuena. Filipino-Americans DO NOT HAVE a say yet on the #USVote. CA, HI were taken for granted. NV didn ...
  • Could Biden be thinking about a presidential run in 2016? From The Hill.
  • Warm congratulations to my friend @barackobama. Look forward to continuing to work together.

    — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 7, 2012

  • WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans win control of House for two more years, assuring more clashes with Obama.
  • NEWBURGH, NY - UPDATE - Rep. Nan Hayworth, down 52-48 to Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, has reversed course and has now conceded the 18th Congressional District race. She will become a one term Congresswoman.
  • U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann -- with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R) and his wife Janna -- acknowledge the audience in Boston after Romney delivered his concession speech after losing the election to U.S. President Barack Obam. Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters.

  • #USvote Obama about to speak in Chicago
  • #USvote Obama goes onstage accompanied by wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha
  • President Obama walks onto stage with Michelle and his daughters, Sasha and Malia.
  • Photo of the PBS NewsHour control room as Mitt Romney conceeds by Sarah Clune.

  • Michelle, Sasha and Malia have left the stage. Obama now stands alone at the podium.
  • The picture of the President hugging the first lady that was tweeted from Obama's Twitter account was retweeted more than 400,000 times. Twitter said it was its most retweeted message ever. -- AP
  • President Obama: “Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope - the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual beliefs, we are a family and we will rise and fall together as one people.”
  • #USvote Obama: The best is yet to come
  • “Tonight in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up -- we are on our way back, and we know in our hearts, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” the president said.
  • #USvote Obama: Whether you held up an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard
  • “I want to thank every American who participated in this election - whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time. By the way - we have to fix that,” Obama said. “Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone. Whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard - and you made a difference.”
  • #USvote Obama praises Mitt Romney and family for their service to the nation; Says they will talk soon on "how to move this country forward"
  • “I just spoke to Gov. Romney, and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign. We may have battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply, and we care so deeply about its future,” Obama said. “In the weeks ahead, I look forward to sitting down with Gov. Romney to talk about ways we (can) work together to move America forward.”
  • Obama will not be getting Sasha and Malia a second dog, he said. (He promised them a first dog in his 2008 victory speech.) “But I will say that, for now, one dog is probably enough.”
  • Photo of NewsHour's control room while President Obama gives his victory speech by Sarah Clune.

  • Following the NewsHour broadcast tonight, Hari and Christina will provide a video debrief of the evening on our livestream.
  • #USvote Obama: Despite all our differences, most of us share our hopes for America's future
  • “Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs up controversy. That won’t change after tonight - and it shouldn't,” the president said.
  • #USvote Obama: We believe in a compassionate America... a tolerant America
  • DENVER -- celebrants at the Democratic Party party cheer through President Obama's acceptance speech.

  • Obama: “Despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future. We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. A country that lives up to its reputation as a global leader in technology … free of debt ... that isn’t threatened by inequality or ... a warming planet.”
  • #USvote Obama: I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever.
  • Obama: “Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over. And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you. You have made me a better president.”
  • UPDATE: Maine joins Maryland as states that have approved same-sex marriage laws Tuesday.
  • DENVER -- Party supporters take over the podium for photo ops at the Democratic Party's victory celebration.

  • “Tonight, you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders from both parties, to meet the challenges we can only solve together,” Obama said.
  • LOS ANGELES -- A proposal to tax soda in a L.A. County city is failing by a large margin, according to early returns. El Monte city officials estimated that the tax would have generated between $3.5 million and $7 million a year by adding a one-cent per ounce tax on not only soda, but also bubble tea, horchata and agua fresca.
  • “This country has more wealth than any nation -- but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military, but that’s not what makes us strong,” Obama said. “What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth, the belief that our destiny is shared.”
  • Christina: “This is rhetoric we’ve heard from him before - but we’re already seeing statements from the leadership of both parties saying they want to work with him.”
  • Mark: “The challenges are enormous - but he sounded tonight like he was energized and inspired and determined. The test will be - we’ll need it soon. It won’t be in 2012; we’ll need it between now and the end of the year” to deal with the fiscal cliff and the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.
  • David Brooks: “It was a big agenda. My reflection on the night is how the country has changed,” especially in terms of leadership diversity, many more women senators, one openly gay. “The country is really in the midsts of a demographic, cultural transition. This is a big, long-term thing … in the middle of a big economic transition.”
  • @newshour control room, still going strong! twitter.com/PJTobia/status…

    — P.J. Tobia (@PJTobia) November 7, 2012

  • Judy Woodruff of her recent reporting: “Many people were saying things to me like, ‘I don’t want to be in this country if this president is reelected.”
  • Mark: “You’re never going to reach those people, Judy. … Rush Limbaugh said he’d move to Canada if we passed health care reform. Last time I checked, he’s still here.”
  • Stay tuned on our livestream for our after hours special, starting in just minutes. NewsHour night owls Hari Sreenivasan and Christina Bellantoni will sum up the night.
  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter cheers with the crowd after doing a double cartwheel after winning over Joe Coors Jr. at the Sheraton Denver west Lakewood, Colorado Tuesday. Photo by The Denver Post.

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