Judy Woodruff and Mark Shields both noted that Bill Clinton’s role may have been pivotal: “I would urge anyone who’s interested in a political career to read Bill Clinton’s speeches last weekend … you will see a master.”
DENVER -- Colorado's Democratic State Party Chair announces to the crowd that Colorado is being called for President Obama. The news is met with rousing cheers, but if the enthusiasm seems a little restrained, it's because only moments earlier, CNN called the entire election for the president. Party Chair Rick Palacio tells the crowd they're going to turn the music back on as they prepare for speeches. "No," shouts the audience, demanding that the CNN feed be left up to continue following other results.
Judy Woodruff: “When the first communication you hear from the president of the United States is on Twitter, what does that say?”
UPDATE: Democratic governors have won in West Virginia and Missouri, according to the Associated Press.
Now what? David Brooks: “First of all, he’s got to have an agenda. He doesn’t have an agenda – he’s got a top-secret agenda.” … First up is a fiscal cliff deal. “He’s going to have a lot of problems in his party with that.”
“And the Republicans are going to have an argument. This is not only a defeat, this is the beginning of a historical problem for them,” Brooks said.
Mark Shields: With the pickups in the Senate, “There’s going to be a lot of resistance to a deal” among Senate Democrats.
Stuart Rothenberg: “Are the Republicans going to say, ‘Boy, we got our behinds handed to us here?’ No, they’re going to say, ‘We did this to ourselves.’ … The House Republicans are going to say, ‘Our Republican friends in the Senate don’t know how to win seats that are being handed to them.”
“My sense is the Republicans are not going to feel … they’re not going to see it as something that will cause them to suddenly compromise,” Rothenberg said. “And I think that’s the problem” facing the country. “A lot of House Republicans are going to draw a pretty different conclusion.”
In the House, Boehner is likely to be reelected as Speaker without an internal challenge, but the Republican caucus remains highly conservative, according to Rothenberg.
BALTIMORE -- Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md) will not be returning to the congress. He was defeated tonight by John Delaney, a suburban Montgomery County financier. Delaney was beneficiary for a newly drawn district that included parts of a Washington, D.C. suburb.
Gov. Romney is reportedly on his way to the convention center in Boston.
David Brooks: A key question throughout the race was whether the health care reform law would be fully implemented; now it’s clear it will be.
But the so-called fiscal cliff is looming Jan. 1, and the election results don’t settle the underlying questions, said David Brooks: “They (Congressional Republicans) were elected too, and they were elected on a platform that was very clear – we’re not going to raise taxes.”
“This is going to be a scary economic time,” Brooks said. Mark Shields agreed: “The cliff was never addressed in the campaign,” because neither candidate had a completely palatable answer.
DENVER -- Colorado's normally restrained Senator, Michael Bennet, hollers himself hoarse at the microphone as he celebrates the president's reelection, shouting to the crowd, "Now that we've won, what are we going to do with it?"
Mark Shields: “I hope for the country that the winner of the electoral college and the popular vote is the same person.”
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats retain control of the Senate.
“Barack Obama has won re-election to a second term as president, beating back a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney,” Associated Press reports. “Obama prevailed despite a weak economy and high unemployment.”
UPDATE: AP has just called Colorado for Obama.
In Chicago’s McCormick Place, people are dancing to 60s, 70s and 80s hits, Ray Suarez reports.
On the NewsHour, Judy Woodruff announces Obama wins NV and CO -- Wins with or without OH.
UPDATE: CBS and CNN call Nevada for President Obama. This means with or without Ohio, President Obama has reached the 270 electoral votes needed for a win.
ELECTORAL COUNT UPDATE: As of now, President Obama has 289 electoral votes; Mitt Romney has 203 electoral votes.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former Congressman Robin Hayes, Chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, says, " we have succeeded in turning the state red again. Now it's time to show the country what North Carolina can do!"
UPDATE: Republican Jeff Flake wins Senate seat in Arizona, according to the AP.
Michael Beschloss, on Romney not yet conceding raising the possibility of a recount in Ohio: “We’re living in a different time.” He cited Richard Nixon, who refused to ask for recounts in Texas and Illinois in 1960; Richard Norton Smith added that Gerald Ford refused to ask for recounts in Ohio and Hawaii in 1976. Today, they said, candidates would face enormous pressure from their parties to seek any possible redress that could turn the race.
UPDATE: Maine has approved the same-sex marriage referendum, AP reports. This is the first state to approve it as a ballot measure.
Several cable networks reported that Mitt Romney is not yet willing to concede Ohio – raising the possibility of a recount should the votes come in tight.
From AP Wire: Maine residents have approved same-sex marriage, giving the gay rights movement a breakthrough victory. Gay marriage is legal in six states and Washington, D.C., but those laws were either enacted by lawmakers or through court rulings. In popular votes, more than 30 states had previously held elections on same-sex marriage, with all losing.
We’re still waiting to hear from the president in Chicago. In Boston, the crowd is expecting a concession speech.
Stuart Rothenberg: “A year ago, if you’d looked at the president, you’d say the president was in trouble. And a year ago, if you’d looked at the Senate, you’d say the Republicans had a good chance.” Democrats instead took both. “The nature of American politics is checks and balances – and in the House, it’s just not showing up that way.”