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Meet Alan West, former Congressman/future Fox News pundit. #defeated
Lou Gentile, the top targeted Democrats in the State Senate as a GOP pickup, has retained his seat.
Romney also only saw a 1.8 improvement in Warren County. GOP wanted 65% in Butler County to feel like Romney could win. http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/02/butler-county-usa
Obama ends his speech revisiting many of the lines from the DNC Convention speech that launched him onto the national stage as a future presidential candidate.
Key reason for Obama’s victory in Ohio: Butler County went 62.3% for Romney, only 1.7 better than McCain in ’08.
Boy, you just look at this audiance and see the coaltion that led to Obama’s victory. Racial diverse group with very strong female presence. Obama talking about the lessons learn in his first term and his renewed determination to get the system work in a more bipartisan fashion.
Romney campaign website streaming President Obama’s speech. #Classy
You can tell the Obama campaign had put much thought into tonight’s speech. Very well crafted. Right tone, themes.
Barack Obama just told the nation he won’t buy his kids another dog. Cue #DrudgeSiren
Praising VP Joe Biden as the “Happy Warrior,” and now praising his wife.
President seems to suggest he will sit down with Romney to discuss what issues they can work together on.
CNN has not called Florida. Swore they had it colored blue earlier. Likely will call it soon, though.
“By the way, we have to fix that…” (long lines to vote.)
“While our road has been long, and our journey hard, you have picked ourselves up, and the best is yet to come.”
President Obama giving a very powerful, motivational victory speech.
Looks like Obama will be re-elected with >50% PV and more EV than Bush ’04. #Mandate
Looks like gay marriage will win by the ballots in MD, ME, and WA. Very close on gay marriage constitutional ban in MN.
So, has Fox asked Dick Morris when the Romney landslide is coming? http://twitpic.com/bb0lzf
Exit poll showed an electorate that was +7 D. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/national-govt-politics/poll-ohio-voters-gave-obama-slight-edge-on-economy/nSy8X/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter So much for the polls being skewed too much for the Democrats.
Did we miss it? CNN appears to have called Florida for Obama. #GettingTired
OH-16: Congressman Jim Renacci is up four points against Democratic Congresswoman Betty Sutton thanks to gerrymandering. #Disappointing
Bil Johnson (OH-6) has been re-elected over rematch with Democrat Charlie Wilson. 54%/47%.
David Gergen basically says Paul Ryan has a future in the Republican Party under logic that makes no sense to me.
Romney is correct. He and Paul Ryan left nothing on the table. They campaigned incredibly hard.
Romney thanks his campaign staff and volunteers. Very classy concession speech. Advocates bipartisan and compromise. Some grumbling in the crowd. But Romney is doing a very good job for a concession speech he reportedly didn’t have prepared.
Romney still calling pick of Paul Ryan the best choice second to his wife he’s ever made. I think there’ll be signficant dissention in that in the post-election analysis. Ryan appeared to have brought nothing to the ticket.
Romney has taken the stage to give his concession speech. His very hoarse, like every candidate tonight.
Bill O’Neill pulls an upset and wins a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court, but Yvette McGhee Brown loses to a candidate the Ohio State Bar Associate rated as “Not Qualified.”
CNN reporting that Governor Mitt Romney has called President Obama to concede the election. Concession speech coming in five minutes, Candy Crowley reports.
CNN finally calls Virginia for Obama. Moving his win of Ohio even more irrelevant. #MapShrinkage
So, on a very special episode of A&E’s hit show “Intervention,” Michael Barone talks Karl Rove off the edge and release the Fox News decision desk staffers he took hostage over Ohio. Srsly, did you all see that?
Obama will likely take Florida and Virginia too WOW
Colorado for Obama as well
Ted Strickland speaking now says we are proud of our great state of Ohio
Dems retain control of the Senate
Obama wins Ohio It’s over pandemonium here
Iowa called for President Obama Romney down to 3 paths to victory
We’re at 243 to 188 EVs 270 to win
CA & HI called for Obama 59 more EVs no surprise
MN called for Obama
Obama has a slight lead in FL and OH and we think he could hold both If so over
CBS News says Tim Kaine over George Allen in VA Senate
Brown literally has zero voice now. Connie stepping in to finish his speech to large ovation.
A victorious and hoarse Sherrod Brown is speaking now at the Dem party: ”Today the middle class won…again”
Akin goes down in MO to Claire McCaskill
CBS calls New Hampshire for Obama.
Correction: Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin calls premature. We retract … for now. #OurBad
Fox News calls Wisconsin for… Obama. #ExpandingMapFAIL
AP calls it for Tammy Baldwin, Wisconisn Senator-elect.
AP calls it for Sherrod Brown. #SixMoreYears Time of death of Josh Mandel’s career: 9:25 p.m.
Romney only +17 points in Butler County’s early voting. Needs to gain +10 to meet GOP expactations.
Fox News, NBC News call PA for Obama. #ExpandingTheMapFAIL
CNN just called the House for the Republicans. With how many states yet to report? Says a lot about how uncompetitive most House races are.
Michigan called for Obama. #ExpandingtheMapFAIL
@WCPN: CNN and MSNBC have both pointed to NE Ohio tonight -MSNBC saying Obama is “over performing” in Akron
WaPo: “The [Ohio exit poll] electorate is also slightly more liberal, more African American and slightly less evangelical” than in 2008.
Voters still in line voting in Franklin Co. Hearing 800 still in line at Ohio Union after polls closed. 50 more still to vote.
Early exit polling showing D+7 in Ohio. Unskewed.
Cuyahoga County results 176162 Obama, 72135 – with zero precincts reporting. We assume this is the early vote – http://bit.ly/RHlhtv
Polls close in just a few minutes. PB crew headed out for a pint before the madness begins.
Dems gathering at new Hilton downtown Cbus. Hoping for celebratory night!