OBAMA WINS! Romney reportedly phones Obama to concede.

CNN says that Mitt Romney called President Obama and conceded.

CNN 335 vote difference between Obama and Romney with 73% of vote in.

CNN 335 vote difference between Obama and Romney with 73% of vote in.

Gay marriage passes in Maine and Maryland.

Fox says Romney lost:

LOL worthy:

FOX: “There is still a thin path for him to get there…”


“@seanbugg: A president who endorsed marriage equality for gays and lesbians was just re-elected. Suck it @NOMupdate (h/t @anamariecox for phrasing)”

CNN’s John King: Romney victory “almost impossible, completely improbable”

CNN: Obama wins Iowa.

CNN: Dems will retain majority in Senate

“@SrWHOfficial: Why are they playing “Nearer My God To Thee” at the Romney party?”

RT @JesseBerney At 11 p.m., Obama gets 78 EVs, putting him at 240. He needs 20 more. MN is 10. Just needs FL *or* OH + [NV, CO, IA, or VA]

LOL worthy:

“@kdrum: Megyn Kelly to Rove: “Is this just math you do to make Republicans feel better?””

RT @nbcchicago #BREAKING: Tammy Duckworth unseats @RepJoeWalsh in Illinois’ 8th Congressional, @NBCNews projects…

CBS calls Virginia US Senate seat for Tim Kaine over GOPer George “Macaca” Allen.

Carville: “If Florida goes [to Obama], the election is over.” Carville then said it looks like Obama is going to get Florida.  GOP consultant Alex Castellanos:”I hate it when he’s right…. Romney is hanging on to winning that thing by the top of his fingers… it’s looking very tough right now for Mitt Romney.”

Michael Barbaro @mikiebarb
The scene here at the Romney party is loud — but it’s not cheers. A band has started playing music. TV News volume has been cut off.

John King just said on CNN, and a good political friend just mentioned privately, that if Romney doesn’t win Florida, the election is over.

“@froomkin: If OH, FL & VA are remotely close, expect a blizzard of GOP lawsuits & no concession speech. GOP knows it’s all about the endgame.”

Senator McCaskill wins in MO over “Legitimate rape” Akin! So both rape guys lost.

French political observer friend notes that Scott Brown’s win in Jan of 2010 was heralded as the beginning of great GOP wave/Tea Party – remember they were wondering whether we should give up on passing health care reform.  Oh well.  Wave gone now. Buh bye.

“@marjoriepaillon: L’élection de #Brown avait lancé la vague GOP & TParty aux midterms de 2010. La reprise du siège au #Senat par une Dem est-il de bon augure?”

The demoralization on the right has begun to deepen:

TPCarney: I think any Electoral College map showing Romney winning at this point has to include Vancouver and Guam.

KevinWGlass: Warren over Brown is going to be more disappointing than Obama over Romney.

CNN: Says Elizabeth Warren DID win, and GOP Senate candidate Richard “Rape-babies are a gift from God” Mourdock lost in IN.

“@AntDeRosa: Bob Schieffer: “It is looking much more difficult for Romney to win””


538.com/NYT says Obama is leading in bellwether counties in Florida.

Dem Sherrod Brown wins Senate in Ohio.

FOX/NBC call WI for Obama. Ruh roh…

“@RomneyCentral: Not good, folks. RT @philipaklein: Fox projects Wisconsin for Obama”

Remember, Chuck Todd said that if Obama gets OH and WI, he wins the presidency.

Tammy Baldwin may have, or may not have, won yet in Wisconsin – hearing it might have been called too soon – stay tuned.

Fox and NBC call Pennsylvania for Obama!


“@JoshuaGreen: RT @mmurraypolitics NBC News calls that Republicans will retain the House — 240 R, 195 D, plus-minus 11 seats (218 needed for control)”

“@notlarrysabato: Obama exceeding numbers he needs in southside Virginia with a strong African American vote.”

RameshPonnuru: Sharp negative turn in the mood of conservatives on twitter.

This guy is the closest thing the Rs have to their own Nate Silver, and he’s not pleased:

SeanTrende: Would be very surprised at this point if Romney wins VA. Not getting the swings he needs.

RT @Toure: Laura Ingraham: “If you can’t beat Barack Obama w this record then shut down the party. Shut it down. Start new with new people.”

Okay this is interesting – keep in mind that Chuck Todd said earlier that a sign of a good night for Obama would be VA, NC and FL remaining too close to call:

“@ThePlumLineGS: Polling averages said FL, VA, and (less so) NC would be extremely close. They are proving extremely close. #Election2012”

“@thehill: #Obama narrowly wins bellwether #Indiana county http://t.co/1Izn68EQ by @cam_joseph”

“@DavidShuster: FL looking better and better for Obama.  He is + 100,000 over Romney with heavy dem Miami precincts still to come.

“@NKingofDC: Very interesting. National exits show Obama getting 74% of the Asian vote, up from 62% in ’08. Could be his biggest growth.”

Spock is manning the voter protection hotline at Obama HQ in Chicago – very cool:

Michael Grunwald @MikeGrunwald
Watching Fox is so much fun. O’Reilly is already trashing Mitt’s campaign, declaring the US a European nation of slackers & dependents.

“@politico: Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy has defeated Republican Linda McMahon in the Connecticut Senate race, the AP reports. #breaking”

Let’s use this as our area for the latest info, and the comments to chat.

I’m not covering the obvious stuff.  You can get the winners of states in which we already knew what was going to happen on the news sites.

“@marcambinder: Best gauge of the evening: the mood at Fox News. Just watch for a while.”

“@daveweigel: OH GOP Chairman going a rather sober “thank you to volunteers” speech http://t.co/zIxrpkaP”

“@DKThomp: RT @JoshuaGreen: I’ve not seen any swing state where Romney is overperforming expectations save *possibly* PA where exits have him down”

“@peterjwu: CNN’s Pennsylvania exit poll is Obama 52-47 Romney. #Election2012”

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173 Responses to “OBAMA WINS! Romney reportedly phones Obama to concede.”

  1. hollywoodstein says:

    Goodbye, asshole.

  2. zorbear says:

    but I’m allergic to seafood!

  3. zorbear says:

    that IS good news!

  4. zorbear says:

    the push for 2016 starts today…

  5. zorbear says:

    Obama has repeated pushed the Justice Dept to crack down on ANY mj use, whether medical or state authorized. That’s not likely to change unless there’s a BIG pushback (think DADT)…

  6. Blogvader says:

    Now if only we could have gotten Michelle Bachmann kicked out. Alas. Can’t win them all.

  7. BeccaM says:

    G’nite all. Take care!

  8. BeccaM says:

    I heard it… definitely was not the smartest or most sensitive thing Tweety’s said — but it’s worth remember it was 3am on the east cost and he really looked like he needed to be in bed. As for the changeover to the new crew, I’m pretty sure that was scheduled beforehand.

  9. citizen_spot says:

     I think I just heard Tweety say that he was glad that hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, “politically speaking”.  I stepped out of the room for a minute, and Maddow went to Tweety for a final statement to end the night’s coverage, and after Tweety’s shocking statement, they ended the coverage as fast as they could.  I am a bit gobsmacked.

  10. FunMe says:

    It’s been YEARS since I’ve been to NewRepublic … I think it’s time to come over there. LOL

  11. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Good Night Everybody

  12. JamesR says:

    Not only that she wins but that she trounced Tommy Thomson that’s just swe-eeeet.

  13. JamesR says:

    So the Governor of Colorado likes to munch on Cheetos and Goldfish after he tokes. Somewhere, to someone, this will be useful and relevant information.

  14. douglas01 says:

    Yes, VIrginia there is a God.

  15. BeccaM says:

    Angus King, I-ME, has said it is his signature goal as a junior Senator to push for filibuster reform. Here’s hoping.

  16. Jim Olson says:

    Not likely. 

  17. JamesR says:

    Yes, Thanks to John and everyone, to Americablog blog, and houstonray for posting the thanks. One of the most civilized places on the web for news and discussion. Good, Bad, Ugly, let’s have at it. THANKS.

    Now the real work begins. Again.

  18. mf_roe says:

     Enough to rescind the filibuster if they were truly interested in good government. One simple majority vote could change a lot of things, My money says it want happen.

  19. houstonray says:

    There’s always Tagg and Ben and Craig and Josh and Matt….LOL!

  20. FLL says:

    Another casualty of the night: NOM. Of the four states with marriage ballot amendments, Washington State has always been the most solidly in favor of marriage equality. That would be four out of four—a home run.

  21. mirth says:

    SO happy about her win!

  22. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Ann Romney looked like a lizard. Egads.

  23. BeccaM says:

    Side note: Out of the remaining Senate races to be called, two of three may turn out D (Tester – MT incumbent, Heitkamp – ND). This would be a gain of two — which was totally unexpected given how many seats were being defended by the Dems this cycle.

  24. Jim Olson says:

    Honestly, this concession speech is the most human I have ever seen Romney.  He’s off script, and speaking from the heart.  I’m still glad he’s not President though.  

  25. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Buh Bye

  26. houstonray says:

    Nate Silver, a pollster rock star is born (again).

  27. BeccaM says:

    I’d give anything for Trump never to appear on or be mentioned on TV ever again.

  28. BeccaM says:

    Liveblog comment-style: Looks like Romney is giving a gracious concession speech. (So far.)

    Short, sweet, and yes — gracious. I’ll give him credit for this much. Now here’s hoping we never, ever hear from him again.

  29. BeccaM says:

    I think the numerical offset was that Florida was literally 50/50, and Virginia only likely but not a lock.

  30. FLL says:

    People didn’t think it was necessary for Obama to win Florida, but it’s just as well that he did.

  31. Jim Olson says:

    NBC reporting that Romney has called the President to concede. 

  32. Jim Olson says:

    Brian Williams: “…and now this, Donald Trump, who has driven past the last exit to relevance and on towards irresponsibility has just tweeted this…” I love Brian Williams.

  33. BeccaM says:

    LOL. Nah, I think it’s over.

  34. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Even more than Nate Silver predicted.

  35. mf_roe says:

    MSNBC reporting Romney has called Obama and conceded, expect the flip flop soon.

  36. mirth says:

    It’s a 50/50 neck race right now, Michelle up by only 300-something votes. She loses and I’m driving to CO for a toke or two.

  37. BeccaM says:

    Florida will also likely go for Obama, which will make it 332.

  38. BeccaM says:

    MSNBC: Romney has conceded, via phone call and will make his speech shortly.

  39. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Over 300 electoral votes, now.

  40. Naja pallida says:

    I figured he was just waiting to download the latest Windows updates.

  41. BeccaM says:

    CNN just called Virginia for Obama.

  42. Dave of the Jungle says:

    I will certainly shriek with wanton abandon.

  43. BeccaM says:

    MSNBC reporting Romney planning to speak at 12:55am EDT.

  44. BeccaM says:

    Two full layers of glass ceiling are shattered.

  45. BeccaM says:

    I think if Bachmann loses, my schadenfreude will well exceed safe limits.

  46. davidinchelseama says:

    Remembering Michelle Bachmann’s bitchy voice saying they were going to make Obama a “One Term Presideeeeent !!!”
    Oh, well, Michelle. Guess you don’t get your way. BOO-FRIGGING-HOO.

  47. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Obama wins Virginia. Romney a twit. News at 11:00

  48. Naja pallida says:

    If he comes out saying he has political capital to spend on privatizing social security, I’m moving to Europe.

  49. mf_roe says:


  50. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Tammy Baldwin Wins

  51. FLL says:

    Ah, the mystery of Willard’s refusal to concede (yet) is finally solved. MSNBC just reported that Romney never had a concession speech prepared. Apparently, he needs some time to write one.

  52. BeccaM says:

    In the Minnesota 6th, Michelle Bachmann leads but remains just a couple hundred votes within losing distance, with 43% left to count.

  53. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Has his own planet to practice polygamy on pretty much guaranteed. That rocks.

  54. FLL says:

    Likewise. I’ll never forget how John and Joe brought the loathsome defense of DOMA in June, 2009 to the light of day and kept the media focus on it. They pushed when pushing was necessary. Kudos.

  55. BeccaM says:

    He’s richer than Mammon. I have no sympathy for him.

  56. mirth says:

    CO gov on legal weed:
    “The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.”

  57. mf_roe says:

     We want have to wait long either, the Lame Duck session will be worthy of George Bush in terms of destruction of good programs.

  58. BeccaM says:

    Update 12:13am EDT: It’s actually looking like Obama will narrowly take both Virginia and Florida.

    With both Colorado and Nevada called for Obama, even if Romney took both VA and FL and upset every OH expectation, Obama would still have 272 EVs — which is 2 more than is needed to win.

  59. Naja pallida says:

    That’s precisely it. I’m not happy Obama won at all. I’m happy Romney lost. Now we get to suffer for another four years until we go through this electioneering crap all over again.

  60. BeccaM says:

    Also ditto.

    I don’t always agree with John or the posters or the regular commenters all the time — but I appreciate having AmericaBlog as a place where I feel free to speak my mind, and to engage in honest and lively debate with exceedingly smart people. (And yes, bashing the occasional troll is hella fun.) Thanks John, Chris, Gaius, Nick and all you guys.

    (BTW, love to hear even more regular poster voices on the front page.)

  61. Don Chandler says:

    Thanks for the update on the marriage equality initiatives! The republicans really got their base excited and mis-informed…not going to be pretty tomorrow. So much good news. 

  62. mirth says:

    MA, CO, WA, OR legalize bud. :)

  63. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Poor Mitt.

  64. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Ditto, the above.

  65. tsuki says:

     I’ve had on too many to even attempt. 

  66. houstonray says:

    I would like to thank you John, and all of the great contributors at Americablog for being there these last 4 years.  It’s been lots of ups and quite a few downs but through it all, I always came back to Americablog for the good the bad and the ugly.  Thank you all for great work.  Now we have 4 more years to keep the pressure on President Obama to make this country even greater for our future.

  67. BeccaM says:

    They just called Colorado for Obama.

  68. BeccaM says:

    Nah, we’re just cheering how completely you Tea Bagger hyper-conservatives got completely thumped tonight.

  69. FLL says:

    English: Hahahahahaha
    Spanish: Jajajajajajajaja

  70. Dave of the Jungle says:

    It’s just that the alternative was so nauseating.

  71. Guest1 says:

     After all the complaints I know liberals would cheer for Obama again :P

  72. mirth says:


  73. BeccaM says:

    Indeed — I actually take far greater comfort from all the progressive wins, and in seeing so many rabid Tea Baggers literally cost the GOP what would’ve been safe seats for them.

    Baldwin, Duckworth, Warren, Grayson — it was a very, very good night for progressives.

  74. mirth says:

    Yep, that too; there are reasons to celebrate tonight.

    A part of me still feels that hope thing, that O may want to salvage his rep and deliver on some of his earlier promises in the next 4 years. For now, the XL pipeline becomes a less sure thing, ditto attacking Iran, and DoD budget cuts are more sure. 

  75. mf_roe says:

     Wash your hands after you finish with the Donald. I’m going to jump in the shower soon because I’ve been watching the turmoil over at Fox, fun watching the denial but it leaves you feeling slimy.

  76. Dave of the Jungle says:


  77. BeccaM says:

    Yeah, and think about it: Who would stay in line this late, in those specific locations? It’s gonna be lots and lots of pissed-off minority voters.

  78. Blogvader says:

    I think you’ve seen enough of my posts to know the answer to that.

  79. Blogvader says:

    What makes me happiest is to see progressives (currently) winning on all four state marriage amendments. Slowly, but surely, it seems like gays are no longer a weapon to be used in attacking progressive causes.

  80. mf_roe says:

     Can’t concede if you intend to litigate.

  81. BeccaM says:

    A crude and off-topic open response to Donald Trump: “Why don’t you go fuck that ferret on your head, you tired old loony.”

  82. FLL says:

    The polls are closed here in Broward County, Florida, but the polls are still open in Miami-Dade County. With 76% reporting, Obama is winning Ohio by 50-49. With 96% reporting, Obama is winning Florida by 50-49. WTF is up with Mittens?! An Ohio recount won’t change the fact that Obama has won Florida.

  83. mirth says:

    It’s a shallow victory, I agree, but tonight let’s feel some joy that Romney won’t be the next president, if for no other reason than hideous Ann and their creepy boys will fade from view, and several teabagger/fundie incumbents are getting a pink slip.  

  84. BeccaM says:

    So far, yup.

  85. Naja pallida says:

    Still contesting Ohio.

  86. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Romney refusing to concede?

  87. BeccaM says:

    Not yet. As of 11:41p, Romney campaign isn’t conceding loss in Ohio. Even though nearly all the remaining votes are in Dem-leaning counties.

  88. BeccaM says:

    Also in marriage equality news:
    –  In Maryland, with 60.7% of the vote tallied on Question 6, in favor of marriage equality, For 51.2%; Against 48.8%
    – In Maine, with 34% of the vote tallied on Question 1, in favor of marriage equality, For 52%; Against 48%
    – In Minnesota, with 37% of the vote tallied on Amendment 1 which states, “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota,” For 45%; Against 55%

  89. BeccaM says:

    Already used to it. But are you suggesting Mitt Romney would’ve less contemptuous? I mean, he’s the guy who thinks gay people shouldn’t be allowed to raise kids.

  90. karmanot says:

     ditto that

  91. mf_roe says:

     Will Mitt Concede?

  92. Blogvader says:

    Folks, remember that contempt that Obama showed us on major issues in his first term?

    Get used to it. 

  93. Naja pallida says:

    It’s hard to argue with God’s will.

  94. Naja pallida says:

    As long as he is able to keep forcing 60 votes to fart in the Senate, he is winning.

  95. mirth says:

    M Bachmann’s lead over J Graves, which was 53-47 a bit earlier, now only 50.4-49.4 

  96. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Congratulations Everybody !

  97. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Congratulations Everybody !

  98. mf_roe says:

    Does this mean that Mitch McConnell failed?

  99. HereinDC says:

    Thank you John!