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12:59 am

Allen West loses

Allen West, the tea party Congressman from Florida, has lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy, according to NBC.

11:13 pm

MSNBC AND FOX: Obama re-elected with Ohio victory

Both MSNBC and Fox Business have called Ohio for President Obama, meaning that he has won a second term:



11:11 pm

CNN calls Iowa for Obama

The network predicts that Obama has won Iowa, a key swing state. Obama can now win Nevada and Colorado — and lose Ohio, Florida and Virginia — and win re-election.

11:08 pm

Tammy Duckworth beats Rep. Joe Walsh

Veteran Tammy Duckworth has unseated Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL). Walsh was one of the leading opponents of raising the debt ceiling and claimed President Obama was only elected because “he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.” Walsh once insinuated Duckworth wasn’t a “true hero” and described her record as “Female, wounded veteran … ehhh.”

11:03 pm

The Romney campaign going silent?


10:57 pm

Romney wins North Carolina

NPR and AP is calling North Carolina for Romney, one of the few swing states he has won this evening.

10:42 pm

Sen. Scott Brown (MA) delivers his concession speech

“I went to Washington as my own man, and I’ll be returning as my own man. And for that, I’m very very proud,” he says conceding defeat to Elizabeth Warren.

10:26 pm

Paul Ryan wins his House seat

If the Romney-Ryan ticket is disbanded tonight, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will still have a job to fall back on: NBC projects that he will hang onto his seat in the House of Representatives.

10:23 pm

Kaine wins in Virginia

CBS reports that former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D) beat out George Allen for Virginia’s Senate seat:

10:09 pm

McCaskill beats Akin

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has defeated Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for Missouri’s senate seat, NBC projects:

Akin got himself in trouble earlier this election cycle for saying women who are victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

9:56 pm

Massachusetts becomes 18th state to legalize medical marijuana

“People with debilitating medical conditions and permission from their doctors will be able to buy marijuana from state-sanctioned distribution centers starting next year,” the Boston Globe reports, after voters “approved a ballot question that makes Massachusetts the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana.” All New England states, with the exception of New Hampshire, “now have legalized medical marijuana in some form.”

9:52 pm

Republicans getting worried

9:49 pm

Republicans will keep the House

CNN and NBC are projecting that Republicans will maintain control of the House. Over the past two years, Republicans have been largely responsible for stonewalling legislation pushed by President Obama. “There is no mandate for raising tax rates,” Boehner said during a speech in Washington D.C.

9:45 pm

3 things to know about Massachusetts Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren

1. She was the original head of the high-effective Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
2. She supports medical marijuana
3. She is a huge supporter of LGBT rights.

9:44 pm

3 Things to know about Wisconsin Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin

1. As an out lesbian, she will be the first-ever LGBT member of the Senate.
2. But her support of LGBT issues isn’t in name only. She’s pushed for the repeal of DOMA, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and she was the author of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2011
3. She is a strong advocate for environmental sustainability

9:43 pm

Tammy Baldwin wins in Wisconsin

Fox News projects that Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) will win the Wisconsin senate race, beating former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R). Baldwin will be the first openly gay senator.

9:43 pm

Elizabeth Warren wins in Massachusetts

Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren wins the Senate race in Massachusetts, defeating Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).

9:37 pm

Fox News: Democrat Donnelly will win Indiana senate seat

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) appears to have won the senate seat of Sen. Dick Lugar, defeating state treasurer Richard Mourdock. Mourdock’s campaign fell apart late last month after he claimed that pregnancies resulting from rape are “a gift from God.”

9:35 pm

CBS calls New Hampshire for Obama

CBS News is calling New Hampshire for President Obama, a swing state which is also home to two key Romney surrogates: former Gov. John Sununu and Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

9:32 pm

Tucker Carlson: the GOP will need to change

“The Republican party needs to think through” how it “delivers its message, what it stands for,” Tucker Carlson said on Fox News. “It won’t be enough to blame the press,” he added.

9:27 pm

Fox News calls Wisconsin for Obama

Obama will win the home state of GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, Fox News reports. The state has 10 electoral votes.

9:15 pm

Obama to win Pennsylvania

President Obama will win the state of Pennsylvania, Fox News and NBC project, where Romney made a last ditch effort in the final days of the campaign.

9:02 pm

Obama wins Michigan

Obama will win Mitt Romney’s home state of Michigan, wich benefited greatly from the auto-bailout Romney opposed.

8:59 pm

Democrat Hassan wins New Hampshire governorship

Democrat Maggie Hassan will win the New Hampshire gubernatorial race, becoming the only female Democratic governor in the country.

8:46 pm

3 things to know about Senator-Elect Chris Murphy (CT)

1. He is a strong LGBT advocate
2. He is a Supreme Court watchdog
3. He supports filibuster reform

8:42 pm

O'Reilly: Obama's voters 'feel they are entitled to things'

On Fox News tonight, Bill O’Reilly lamented that the country’s changing demographics are helping the Obama campaign, who is popular among Americans who “want stuff” — like African-Americans, Hispanics, and women:

O’REILLY: President Obama, he knows it and he ran on it….Twenty years ago, President Obama would have been roundly defeated by establishment candidate like Mitt Romney. The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You are going to see Hispanics vote for President Obama, overwhelming for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?

Watch it:

8:38 pm

Huckabee: 'Chik-fil-A Day was dress rehearsal for today'

Gov. Mike Huckabee argued that Romney will still win the election, stressing that his Chik-fil-A appreciation day helped rally voters for the former Massachusetts governor, but explained that it’s difficult to defeat an incumbent and that President Obama is still “personally liked.” He added that Republicans need to do more to reach out to minority voters.

8:30 pm

Rep. Chris Murphy wins CT senate seat

AP is projecting that Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT) will win the Connecticut senate race, beating Linda McMahon, who spent some $100 million in two failed bids for office. During the campaign, McMahon tried to encourage Democrats to vote for her and President Obama.

8:25 pm

Majority favor higher taxes

More than half — 60 percent — of voters favor “increasing taxes, according to early exit polls released Tuesday night,” Politico reports.

8:20 pm

O'Reilly already blaming a potential Romney loss on Hurricane Sandy

With results still rolling in, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is already prepping to blame a Mitt Romney loss on Hurricane Sandy, Obama’s visibility in the wake of the storm, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s (R) praise of the President:

O’REILLY: I did pick up two things. On the exit polling, Hurricane Sandy was prominent in the exit polling. And that is really interesting. Because it just impacted a bunch of Northeast states who would vote for Barack Obama but the country was so locked in on this fierce storm. Americans like storms. And they were — and there was Chris Christie and president Obama walking down the beach, you know, with a little ‘Seth in the Moon Glow’ music behind him and it just wiped the Governor’s campaign off the map. For five days. Five days Mitt Romney disappeared from the national debate and from the media headline.

Watch it:

8:19 pm

Virginia results are on pause

Virginia is pausing the reporting of results because so many people are still in line, Fox News reports.

8:14 pm

30 Romneys

NBC is reporting that there are a total of 30 Romneys in Boston tonight to watch election results with Mitt Romney:

8:05 pm

Angus King to win Maine senate seat

NBC projects a win for independent Angus King in Maine and is expected to caucus with the Democrats. Angus won Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R-ME) seat, who is retiring at the end of the year.

8:00 pm

Bill Nelson declared the winner in Florida

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is projected to keep his senate seat, beating challenger Rep. Connie Mack (R).

7:57 pm

Obama campaign is confident of PA victory

The Obama campaign expects to win Pennsylvania, CNN reports, with high levels of support from African American voters than in 2008.

7:55 pm

Virginia turnout to exceed 2008

“Virginia election officials said statewide turnout would likely meet or exceed the 2008 presidential election,” the Associated Press reports. “State Board of Elections Secretary Donald Palmer said robust turnout led to long lines at polling places across the state and waits varied from one to up to four hours.”

7:40 pm

Romney wins South Carolina

The state has 9 electoral votes. McCain won the state in 2008.

7:36 pm

The gender gap in Indiana

Dave Wiegel, of Slate, points out that even in Indiana, where Romney was already declared the winner, women had a higher rate of opting for Obama:

7:35 pm

College students being turned away in Philly

Two Temple University students from Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group who are stationed at a polling location at 16th Street and Berks in Philadelphia told ThinkProgress that as many as 70 of their fellow classmates have been forced to vote on provisional ballots after a flood of last minute registrations failed to end up in the state’s voter rolls.

Carolyn Perri and Alaura Knoble recorded five students who were not allowed to vote using a regular ballot in the hour that they had been stationed at this polling location. “When I was voting, I personally witnessed someone get turned away,” said Knoble.

7:30 pm

Romney wins West Virginia

Mitt Romney will win West Virginia, a state John McCain easily carried in 2008.

7:17 pm

Obama campaign texts volunteers in Virginia

Some results have begun trickling in for Virginia. An Obama win there could make for an early night. A Romney victory could mean a long one.

7:02 pm

Early projections coming in...

Kentucky, with its 8 electoral vote, goes to Mitt Romney, the networks project. Romney will also win Indiana (11 electoral votes). Vermont goes to Obama (3 electoral votes).

6:57 pm

Obama campaign expecting an early night election victory?

CNN’s Jennifer Yellin is reporting that Obama sources are expecting an early election victory tonight. Candy Crowley says the Romney campaign is in for a long night. Earlier, the network reported that internal polls from the Romney campaign showed Obama up by 5 in the key battleground state of Ohio.

6:55 pm

Obama wrote two speeches for tonight

While Romney claims to have written only his victory speech, Obama told a local Colorado station today that he has two prepared. “You always have two speeches prepared because you can’t take anything for granted,” Obama said. “My hope is that after four years of working as hard as I can every single day to help working families all across Denver and all across America, that people will decide that this is someone who works hard for me and cares about me and I want to make sure that he can finish the job.”

6:51 pm

More reports of widespread provisional ballots in PA

A poll worker in Ward 43 told ThinkProgress that an unusually high number of provisional ballots — roughly 50 in one location alone — were cast this morning by registered voters who for whatever reason were not on the voter rolls.

José Rodriguez was one of those voters, who left frustrated just after 6 PM waiving his provisional ballot slip. “I voted four years ago, I’m registered and got confirmation of my registration,” he told ThinkProgress. He added that he planned to call VotesPA to try and get his ballot counted.

6:47 pm

Romney internals had Obama up in Ohio

Per CNN’s Peter Hamby, the last Romney internal tracker had Obama up in Ohio by 5.

6:44 pm

Philly polling location confusion

Voters at Cayuga Elementary School in northeast Philadelphia are leaving the polling place frustrated because their polling location was changed at the last minute — and at least one voter wasn’t notified of the change until earlier this morning.

Laura Elam had voted for 20 years in the same polling place before getting notice earlier in the day that her voting location had changed. Exiting the school, Elam told ThinkProgress that she had still not voted after three tries at three different locations.

Versions of her story were repeated several times in the school parking lot, with other longtime voters explaining that they too were unable to find their correct polling place.

6:42 pm

Early Indiana numbers

Early Indiana results are showing Richard Mourdock (R) running behind Romney. The Libertarian candiate is getting over 5% of the vote, potentially swinging the election to Rep. Joe Donnelly (D).

6:33 pm

Some Florida votes may not be counted until tomorrow


6:22 pm

Ohio officials hope to project winner tonight

Multiple Ohio election officials told CNN that while the race will be close, they hope to project a winner some time tonight. Ohio is a key swing state.

6:17 pm

Signs in Pennsylvania polling stations incorrectly tell voters to have ID

At polling places in Pennsylvania today, materials and signs told voters — incorrectly — that they need to have photo identification in order to vote. Pennsylvania’s voter ID law was put on hold last month, but that hasn’t stopped several poll workers from asking for ID from today’s voters.

Even official materials are misleading voters on the ID law, like this piece of information material obtained by the Advancement Project from a Pennsylvania polling site today:

New state laws require all voters who appear to vote in a precinct to provide election officials with proof of identification. ALL VOTERS must show one of the following approved forms of Photo Identification to vote… If a voter does not have an approved form of photo identification, the voter must be offered a provisional ballot.

Photo credit: Advancement Project

6:10 pm

Romney to get a new dog if elected

Via Politico: “Asked on his final campaign flight whether he might get a puppy if elected, Romney said “one of the benefits would be to get another Weimaraner.”

6:09 pm

CNN projects young voter turnout same as 2008

CNN estimates that 18 percent of voters are aged 18-29, same as in 2008. It’s unclear if total turnout is lower or higher than 2008.

6:06 pm

Private jets arrive for Romney party in Boston

Approximately 80 “private jets were streaming into Boston’s Logan International Airport Tuesday afternoon, officials said, as Mitt Romney’s well-heeled supporters arrived for his post-election party in the Seaport District.” Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and Donald Trump are among the big donors who will party with Romney tonight.

6:00 pm

Election night 2012

Welcome to ThinkProgress’ Election Night live blog, we’ll report the results in real time and offer on-the-ground analysis from our reporters in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The first part of our election live blog can be found here.

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