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  1. Click here for the full visual on state and county results from the presidential election, and here for additional exit polling data.

    President Obama’s bailout of the auto industry was both praised and criticized throughout the election season. Now, exit polling data shows the decision so many thought might cost him the votes of those concerned with the economy was actually one that helped the President secure Ohio, which was nearly tied until the end.

    Data from the Associated Press revealed most Ohio voters stood behind the president’s decision to bail out General Motors and Chrysler. Ohioans were evenly split on who they believed would be best to fix the economy, but the fact that one in eight jobs in Ohio is tied to the auto industry gave Obama an edge as the middle class cast their ballots.

  2. Jane Meagher makes last-minute campaign calls at the Republican headquarters and Romney field office in Longmont, Colo., at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - 90 minutes before the polls closed in Colorado.
A Coloradan and Mitt Romney supporter, Jane Meagher volunteered for the Romney campaign until the last minutes of the 2012 election amidst uncertainty over the state’s outcome.
"I’m really not sure how Colorado will go," Meagher said at the Longmont Republicans headquarters Tuesday around 6:00 p.m., four hours before AP would project that Colorado’s majority supported Barack Obama.
"All you can do is just hope that it’s going to go our way."
Meagher attested to being one of the millions that crossed their 2008 party decision and voted for Romney.
"I have to tell you, I voted for Obama last time. I lived in Chicago, there was such a groundswell for Obama in Chicago. I believed in the hope and change."
The Longmont resident had never volunteered for a campaign before September, when she began talking to people about Romney and switching allegiance.
"I think that helped me, knocking on doors, to be able to say, ‘I voted for Obama last time.’ I don’t want to say that too loudly in here," she said in the snug headquarters. "I think people maybe trusted me that it’s not all in one camp always. I could say ‘I understand your indecision, because I was once an Obama fan.’"

    Jane Meagher makes last-minute campaign calls at the Republican headquarters and Romney field office in Longmont, Colo., at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - 90 minutes before the polls closed in Colorado.

    A Coloradan and Mitt Romney supporter, Jane Meagher volunteered for the Romney campaign until the last minutes of the 2012 election amidst uncertainty over the state’s outcome.

    "I’m really not sure how Colorado will go," Meagher said at the Longmont Republicans headquarters Tuesday around 6:00 p.m., four hours before AP would project that Colorado’s majority supported Barack Obama.

    "All you can do is just hope that it’s going to go our way."

    Meagher attested to being one of the millions that crossed their 2008 party decision and voted for Romney.

    "I have to tell you, I voted for Obama last time. I lived in Chicago, there was such a groundswell for Obama in Chicago. I believed in the hope and change."

    The Longmont resident had never volunteered for a campaign before September, when she began talking to people about Romney and switching allegiance.

    "I think that helped me, knocking on doors, to be able to say, ‘I voted for Obama last time.’ I don’t want to say that too loudly in here," she said in the snug headquarters. "I think people maybe trusted me that it’s not all in one camp always. I could say ‘I understand your indecision, because I was once an Obama fan.’"

  3. Video by the multimedia staff of The Daily Tar Heel

    At the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, College Republicans and Young Democrats gathered at local restaurants to watch the results of the 2012 presidential election.

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  4. President Obama’s re-election and the return of the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate have solidified Obamacare as law. After months of holding out for Obama’s defeat, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and other state officials have seven days to decide how to hand Affordable Health Care Act before the federal deadline, Nov. 16.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports what this decision means for Wisconsin, here.

  5. All photos by Amber-Lynn Taber for the Commonwealth Times

    Even though Virginia wasn’t called in favor of President Barack Obama until after national media outlets began calling the election around midnight, students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. took to the streets to celebrate Obama’s second term.

    The crowd marched in a small circle in the center of VCU’s campus with the cooperation of Richmond police, who blocked off traffic to allow the crowd to move safely. 

    Richmond and its surrounding counties (like Henrico, which The Post called one of the seven most important counties in the country to win) went to Obama, although Republican stronghold Chesterfield County went for Mitt Romney.

    Richmond city went overwhelmingly for Obama: the Virginia State Board of Elections reports that 77.03 percent of the vote there went for Obama while the remaining 21.4 percent went for Romney.

    commonwealthtimes.org »

  6. Romney supporters filled Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to watch votes roll in Tuesday night, while Obama supporters took to Boulder Theater.

  7. Voters in Milwaukee are currently waiting up to two and a half hours to cast their ballots. With just a few hours until polls close, the ballots being cast in Wisconsin right now have the potential to decide the election.

    Voters in Milwaukee are currently waiting up to two and a half hours to cast their ballots. With just a few hours until polls close, the ballots being cast in Wisconsin right now have the potential to decide the election.

  8. Hannah Herried, a longtime Boulder, Colorado resident and senior at CU Boulder, says that there has been substantially less tumult this election than she witnessed in Boulder, a liberal hub, in 2008.
"Last election I drove around campus on a party bus with the Beastie Boys [on Election Day], there is nowhere near that amount of excitement this time."
Herreid says that she worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign, and recalls watching votes come in at Boulder Outlook Hotel.
"It was like an explosion when the votes came in, everyone was screaming and crying and hugging and, it’s so exciting just remembering it. And the next day it was the same thing," she says.
Herreid attests that young voters on the Boulder campus primarily voted early this year, like she did. Although Republicans led in early voting numbers in the state, she continues to believe that Obama will win the 2012 election.
"The thing is that I want Obama to win," Herreid said Tuesday. "I think the majority of the country realizes that he is on the right track and changing leadership now is not going to help anyone."

    Hannah Herried, a longtime Boulder, Colorado resident and senior at CU Boulder, says that there has been substantially less tumult this election than she witnessed in Boulder, a liberal hub, in 2008.

    "Last election I drove around campus on a party bus with the Beastie Boys [on Election Day], there is nowhere near that amount of excitement this time."

    Herreid says that she worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign, and recalls watching votes come in at Boulder Outlook Hotel.

    "It was like an explosion when the votes came in, everyone was screaming and crying and hugging and, it’s so exciting just remembering it. And the next day it was the same thing," she says.

    Herreid attests that young voters on the Boulder campus primarily voted early this year, like she did. Although Republicans led in early voting numbers in the state, she continues to believe that Obama will win the 2012 election.

    "The thing is that I want Obama to win," Herreid said Tuesday. "I think the majority of the country realizes that he is on the right track and changing leadership now is not going to help anyone."

  9. Voting has been underway in Virginia since 6 a.m. this morning with minimal reports of major interruptions.

    In Eastern Henrico, at least three polling places reported power outages that disrupted voting, but Dominion Power restored power to all locations by 7:41 a.m.

    Newport News reported malfunctioning ballot counting machines at one polling location

    The 12 reported about the importance of Henrico County a few days ago.

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