President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are locked in a tight race with three critical battleground states -- Virginia, Ohio and Florida, too close to call.
NEW YORK -- At the pub Mr. Dennehy's in Greenwich Village, the crowd goes wild with applause at the announcements that Obama has taken Pennsylvania and Elizabeth Warren has won the Senate seat in Massachusetts. Pictures to come!
The president is winning people that make less than $50,000 a year. And he’s losing voters who win $50,000 or more, Christina Bellantoni reports.
UPDATE: ABC and MSNBC call Montana for Romney
UPDATE: ABC and CNN call Utah and its six electoral votes for Romney.
Florida and Virginia are “phenomenally” close, David Brooks said.
Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel: “Given the candidates could not have been clearer about their differences for the country … the American people are ready for his leadership, his policy direction. He wants the Republicans to work with him, but they cannot continue to obstruct. … If the Republicans stay on the course of obstruction, they will be the minority party in the country.”
“It’s a tenacious victory. He really grounded out. He fought really hard, really tough,” said David Brooks of President Obama's re-election.
Mark Shields: “If anyone doubts the Obama ground game, look at North Carolina.”
“The Republicans nominated someone who was quintessential Wall Street.” - Mark Shields
David Brooks: “It’s not the inspiring victory it was (in 2008), but it’s a tenacious victory – he really ground it out.”
Mark Shields: “It was grinding it out, an inch at a time.”
In McCormick Place, Chicago, the crowd is cheering, dancing, jumping up and down and waving American flags.
Brooks: “I would say that the Democratic Party is better positioned to win majorities …. The Republican Party has become a party of shrinking roots. … This is not a country that thinks 20 percent tax cuts across the board are a plausible solution.”
Mark Shields gave credit to the Obama organization and its get-out-the-vote efforts: “If anybody doubts the Obama ground game, look at North Carolina … he should not have been that competitive.”
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Senate President Phil Berger tells GOP faithful, "We have grown our majorities in the House and Senate and have taken the Governor's mansion. It is time to deliver what we promised. The work starts now."
David Brooks: “It’s very rare for a president to win reelection with a smaller majority than he won election.”
Mark Shields: “There were two addresses that the American people were furious with: Pennsylvania Avenue, both ends of it, and Wall Street. And the Republicans nominated something who was the quintessential Wall Street candidate.”
Richard Norton Smith: “The community organizer organized the country. … This was a Democratic victory tonight.”
Michael Beschloss: “Think how improbable this would have been 18 months ago” given the state of the economy. “This is a guy who has resisted the normal laws of political gravity his whole career.”
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.
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.