By Glynn Wilson –
News organizations across America are calling the Presidential Election of 2012 for President Barack Obama before midnight Eastern Time, in contrast to early in the night when they were saying it’s “too close to call” and it “may be a very long night.”
As of 10:50 p.m. Eastern Time, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had not called the president to concede, and television news reports, wire reports and Twitter Tweets indicated the Romney campaign was not ready to concede until in the morning. Uh oh.
President Obama, on the other hand, Tweeted to supporters, “This happened because of you. Thank you.”
Apparently he will wait for the call from Romney to come out for his victory speech.
According to the conservative Associated Press, which followed news organizations in calling the race for Obama, the president sealed his victory in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire and Colorado, four of the nine battleground states where the two rivals and their allies spent nearly $1 billion on dueling television commercials.
Democrats won two more years of control of the Senate, according to tonight’s numbers, while Republicans will apparently retain control of the House.
After watching what happened in the year 2000, when many of us went to bed thinking Al Gore won and then woke up to find out it was George W. Bush, I’m not ready to go all in on these projections, especially considering the possibility still of computerized election theft late into the night.
IN ALABAMA, it appeared Judge Bob Vance might defeat Ten Commandments Judge Roy Moore, although the numbers went Moore’s way into the night. Rep. Spencer Bachus showed a commanding lead over Penny Bailey.
No word from the gun shop and firing range. I hope no one gets hurt : )
I know a lot of people will be glad when this election is over. With any luck this outcome will survive the night.
At 11 p.m. Central Time, the president sent out an e-mail message to supporters indicating he was about to speak in Chicago.
“I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first. I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen,” the president said. “You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.”
He said he would spend the rest of his presidency honoring that support, and “doing what I can to finish what we started.”
“But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place,” Mr. Obama said. “Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests. There’s a lot more work to do. But for right now: Thank you.”
Around Midnight Central Time: The Tweets went out from CBS News and other sources that Mr. Romney had finally called and talked to the president. Presumably he is going to concede. Victory speech to follow shortly.
Preliminary Electoral College Results
President Obama 303, Mitt Romney 203
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