Reuters and other outlets are reporting that Colorado approved marijuana for recreational use. It is the first state to approve the measure via ballot.
Stuart Rothenberg noted that the age breakdowns in the exit polls were striking. Young voters – those 18 to 29 – comprised a slightly higher proportion this year, despite worries from some Democrats that there was less enthusiasm among young voters. The splits:
18-29: 59 percent Obama, 37 percent Romney.
30-44: 51/46 Obama
45-64: 47/52 in favor of Romney
65+: 43/56 Romney
RALEIGH, N.C. -- As the presidential race is called for Barack Obama, the president's North Carolina supporters are engaging in a bittersweet celebration, relishing the overall victory while lamenting the president's loss of North Carolina. Four years ago, North Carolina surprised many by going blue, which didn't happen this time around. As one UNC-TV facebook fan put it, "Happy for Barry, sad for NC."
BOISE, Idaho -- I wasn't yet at the state's GOP shindig when it was announced that Idaho would, as all expected, go to Mitt Romney, but whatever buzz it created didn't last long. The networks hadn't called the presidential race yet, but staffers and insiders with Washington ties had already heard: President Barack Obama was going to win. Despite the knowledge that the Republicans would win a vast majority of legislative seats and, most likely, the two Congressional seats up this year, the room was a little somber.
David Brooks: “Jeff Flake is a fiscal hawk, libertarian, small government.” Jeff Flake is the projected Senate winner in Arizona.
Mark Shields: “I just think he (Romney) was a terrible choice for these times. The last thing we wanted was a private-equity banker for these times.”
Brooks: “I think the country was willing to look at an alternative … but they never saw that. I think part of that was the auto bailout in Ohio.”
Michael Beschloss noted that the last time three consecutive presidents were elected to and served two terms was in the early 19th century: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
President Obama sent an email shortly after the announcement of his re-election: "I'm about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first," he said. "I want you to know that this wasn't fate, and it wasn't an accident. You made this happen."
When Fox declared Ohio for President Obama, “the room just went silent,” Margaret Warner reports.
Here’s a mini analysis from AP National Political Editor Liz Sidoti:
"Talk about a good night for the president. Barack Obama didn't just win in his Midwestern firewall states of Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa. He prevailed in places that even fellow Democrats expected to tilt Mitt Romney's way: Colorado for starters. And he was locked in close races in Virginia and Florida, two states that Republicans long had argued were fertile GOP territory. The Electoral College victory his, Obama now is awaiting the results of the popular vote. He and Romney are locked in a tight race for it as Tuesday turns to Wednesday."
Mark Shields: “The cultural and moral divisions are more difficult than the economic divisions. If I believe in a $10-an-hour minimum wage, and David believes no, it should be $7 … we can negotiate that.“ But many of the cultural issues, such as abortion, are far more fractious.
David Brooks: “But I would say those economic issues have become cultural, too.”
“We’re hearing the vice president is making some phone calls to Democratic candidates that are winning,” Christina Bellantoni said.
There were 17 women going into this election. Organizations that follow elected officials said the number of female elected officials could exceed 20, Judy Woodruff said.
UPDATE: AP has declared President Obama the winner in Virginia.
President Obama now has 302 electoral votes. Romney has 203 electoral votes.
Mark Shields: “Going over 300 [electoral votes] is impressive. It really is.”
New York Times is reporting that Mitt Romney will concede tonight.
The country’s final polls close in Alaska at 1:00 a.m. ET.
Ray Suarez reporting from Chicago: “For the last hour, it’s been ear-splitting oldies and quiet crowd and not much to talk about.” The president is said to be in the building, he added.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- One of the most hotly contested races in North Carolina has been the US House of Representatives District 7 race between incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre and Republican challenger David Rouzer. With 100% of the votes in, McIntyre leads by only 507 votes. A recount is inevitable.
UPDATE: CHICAGO (AP) -- Obama aide: Romney concedes to Obama in a phone call.
Governor Mitt Romney walks on stage, alone.
“Thank you so very much,” he starts. “Thank you.”