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Election update 2012: National election

Follow Arbiter staff as they follow the election live.

11/7/2012 9:37 a.m.

Sometime last night Romney lost one percent of the popular vote so his remaining total is 48 percent of the popular vote.

1:29 a.m.

electoral vote Obama 303 to Romney 206

Popular vote Obama 50 percent to Romney 49 Percent

11:21 p.m.

Obama expected to speak shortly.

10:55 p.m.

Romney is expected to speak at 10:55 p.m.

10:51 p.m.

Voters in Maine and Maryland approve gay marriage.

10:49 p.m.

Obama is the first president since FDR to win re-election with an unemployment rate higher than 7.2 percent. The current rate is 7.9 percent according to ABC.

10:47 p.m.

Less than a minute ago CBN News reported Romney has called Obama to concede.

10:27 p.m.

Although Obama won the electoral with his current tally at 290 to 200, Romney is leading in the popular vote. What does that say about American politics.

10:17 p.m.

Paul Ryan may have lost the race to the White House but he still retains his U.S. House seat in Wisconsin.

9:55 p.m.

Based on election results at this point, democrats will retain control of the Senate. Speaking of Congress, Todd Akin (R), the man who will go down in history as having said legitimate rape victims rarely get pregnant, lost his seat in the Missouri Senate campaign to Clair McCaskill.

9:49 p.m.

On a side note, Colorado just became the first state to end marijuana prohibition when they voted to pass Amendment 64. Initiative 502, the legalization of marijuana in Washington also passed.

9:44 p.m.

The AP is no longer holding out. They have officially declared Obama the official winner of the 2012 election.

9:39 p.m.

Just over a minute ago, Romney’s camp said they have not conceded Ohio.

9:34 p.m.

The BBC is reporting Republicans in Ohio are challenging the numbers.

9:26 p.m.

Times Square just erupted in cheers after ABC announced Barack Obama the winner of the 2012 Presidential race.


Multiple sources call Ohio for Obama.

9:21 p.m.

One Twitter user said, “Byron Tau ‏@ByronTau Obama’s path to victory now is no longer dependent on Ohio, Florida or Virginia.

9:17 p.m.

According to ABC, however, in Ohio a total of 77 percent of votes have been counted with Obama leading by a 1 percent margin.

9:15 p.m.

NBC has declared Obama as the 2012 winner due to him taking Ohio, in their opinion.

9:06 p.m.

Current electoral votes for Obama: 244

Current electoral votes for Romney: 188

(according to ABC)

8:52 p.m.

Electoral votes needed to win: 270

Current electoral votes for Obama: 173

Current electoral votes for Romney: 174

8:42 p.m.

Media at its finest, Bloomberg falsely reports Obama took Arizona.

8:39 p.m.

According to Bloomberg, Romney has won North Dakota.

8:36 p.m.

In Florida, 88 percent of votes are counted. Obama is currently holding a narrow lead at 50 percent with Romney at 49 percent.

8:25 p.m.

Electoral votes needed to win: 270

Current electoral votes for Obama: 172

Current electoral votes for Romney: 163

8:22 p.m.

The Romney campaign claims they only have an acceptance speech prepared. The Obama camp said they have two prepared. Just in case.

8:16 p.m.

According to one Twitter user: Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosaTwitter hit 20 million election-related tweets which makes today (election day) the most tweeted about event in US political history

8:14 p.m.

Romney’s spokesman claims there are many ways the Romney campaign can win Ohio. If the state is lost the Romney campaign still believes they will have a chance at the White House, although the spokesman acknowledged it is the traditional road to the White House.

8:10 p.m.

In 2008 Obama was the first democrat to win Virginia since 1964. In terms of Obama winning Virginia, the state is well below the national average for unemployment, at just shy of 6 percent.

Romney’s spokesman is not willing to concede on states like Virginia and Florida. “There are still a whole lot of votes that need to be counted,” he said.

8:03 p.m.

ABC is projecting Montana and Utah for Romney.

7:59 p.m.

Politico is reporting a fall in youth support for Obama. He is leading with 59 percent of the youth vote compared to 37 percent by Romney. This is still a drop from 2008 in which Obama held 66 percent of the vote in youth aged 18 to 29.

7:56 p.m.

Electoral votes needed to win: 270

Current electoral votes for Obama: 157

Current electoral votes for Romney: 153

7:53 p.m.

Obama is projected to take New Hampshire.

ABC projects Obama to take Minnesota as well.

7:14 p.m.

Not sure what states are swing states? Check out this map.

7:30 p.m.

According to the BBC Florida is deadlocked at 49.5 percent for Obama and 49.7 percent for Romney, with 48 percent of vote counted.

7:24 p.m.

Electoral votes needed to win: 270

Current electoral votes for Obama: 143

Current electoral votes for Romney: 153

7:22 p.m.

ABC reports Obama is projected to win in Pennsylvania

7:18 p.m.

Electoral votes needed to win: 270

Current electoral votes for Obama: 123

Current electoral votes for Romney: 153

7:08 p.m.

Conflicting reports of issues at the polls have been trending today on twitter. Voters report when attempting to vote Romney or Obama, depending on the account, electronic polling stations would record their vote for the opposing candidate.

ABC reports a high voter turnout so far, but as of right now lawyers for both Romney and Obama are not having any issues with voter problems.

At this time it’s believed reports of voter problems are small and anecdotal and not the norm.


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