NBC calls Ohio and says Obama is over the top--four more years!
CNN: one more blue state means four more years. Obama stands at 262 Electoral Votes.
Fox calls Ohio for Obama.
NBC says it's over--Obama re-elected.
FOX now projects Obama is re-elected.
Fox has projected that Barack Obama has been re-elected as president.
And yet Rasmussen will still issue a tracking poll tomorrow with Romney ahead.
Now, the Fox spin begins: The Obama campaign assassinated Romney's character as a vulture capitalist, Romney didn't fight back hard enough or fast enough. Britt Hume: Obama has just done better than any of us expected. Juan Williams: Plus six for Democrats was exactly on target. Suburban housewives made the call tonight for Obama -- when you ask people if you think the economy is good or not so good, it was still Obama 55-42. Better to handle unemployment. I think Americans see the economy starting to recover. Americans still blaming George Bush for what's going on in this country.
More Fox: One camp will say Romney ran way too far to the right. Other group says Republicans don't do as well when they nominate a moderate -- McCain in 2008, Romney now. A candidate that could have pushed stronger contrasts would have done better.
And still more Fox: I was sure Obama was going to win. The best campaign wins, and the Obama campaign was better. They knew the electorate, they knew where their voters were, they knew their voters, and they turned them out. Chris Wallace: I've got to tell you the Romney camp has real doubts with our call for Ohio.
So I guess people will still pay attention to Nate Silver after this evening?
Now, Karl Rove on Fox is saying that Ohio has closed to 911 votes and it hasn't been settled, at 74 percent of the vote. 2000 is calling . . . they want their last-minute recall back.
OMG Karl Rove thinks he is smarter than all the networks including his own....believes Romney has not lost! Reality, Hello, Reality! Get a grip Rove.
Tonight's will be the most important victory speech in a generation. It will give the president a chance to define the mandate he just won, in a way that he didn't during the campaign. With the fiscal cliff coming up, tonight's speech may be a roadmap for how the resident will approach House Republicans on the fiscal cliff.
I don't blame the Romney camp for not conceding yet. I wouldn't.
I wouldn't concede yet either. I've been there, and know how much this hurts. Why do so until it's an absolute certainty?
Megyn Kelly's walk into the bowels of Fox to have their number-crunching gnomes very nicely tell Rove he's wrong was sheer entertainment.
If the re-election is confirmed, I think President Obama should offer Mitt Romney a Cabinet position in the second term -- how about Commerce Secretary? It would be the perfect place for him to put his business experience to work.
CNN is reporting a 50,000 vote Obama lead in Florida, with 91 percent reporting.
CNN: Obama has pulled ahead in Virginia, with 85 percent reporting. As northern Virginia numbers come in, Obama's lead in Virginia is growing wider. All the votes out right now are in Democratic areas.
Fox is showing Obama HQ with crowds waiting for the victory speech in front of an empty podium. Poor form to give a victory speech when your opponent hasn't conceded yet.
Assuming that the calls hold, let's hope that the pundit predictions of a Romney landslide are not forgotten. I'm not talking about people saying Romney would win, I'm talking about people who made obviously nutty predictions, like my old colleague Michael Barone; columnist George Will; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; and my old pal Dick Morris--the people who with straight faces and in the face of all available data that Romney would easily clear 300 EVs. Too much punditry is quickly forgotten but shouldn't be.
MK, I don't think the president will give a speech until the governor concedes.
InTrade up to 98.9 on an Obama victory--Romney now down to 0.9 percent.
Romney's refusal to concede will become moot once Virginia and/or Florida are called.
The president won with 365 electoral votes four years ago. If he actually gets to 331 (with wins in Virginia and Florida) tonight, you have to give the president a lot of credit for running the campaign he did in the face of 8 percent unemployment, when all the odds were stacked against him. Saying Romney was a weak candidate is too pat an answer -- he was weak headed into the fall because the Obama campaign cut him down to size during the summer.
Paul's exactly right. And give credit to the Obama grassroots machine that lived up to its reputation. We're going to find out that they've established a new standard in terms of political campaign sophistication.
Watching Rove protest Fox's early call of Ohio for Obama when there are still 700,000 votes to be counted is fascinating. He makes a great case against the internal cable analysts, who have never run a campaign in their lives.
According to Margaret Hoover, the president increased his margins with women over 2008 by 12 points and with Hispanics by nearly 20 points. Some serious food for thought for the GOP: There are consequences when you pass laws that target Hispanics, when half a dozen of your state-wide candidates take positions way to the right of America on women's health issues, that seemingly compete with one another to see who can say the loopiest, most dangerous thing possible when it comes to rape.
Here's hoping that Barack Obama finds a way to govern from the center, who finds some kind of common ground on taxes and spending with even the most intractable Tea Party House Republicans. If so, the next four years could be an historic conclusion to what is already an historic presidency.
CNN reporting that 65 percent of voters tonight believe that illegal immigrants should be offered a path to citizenship. That portends well to significant immigration legislation passing in a second term.
Colorado just called for Obama. Which means that even if Virginia, Florida, and Ohio were to go Romney's way, he'd still lose. It's over.
Down-ballot, former Reps. Alan Grayson of Florida, Tammy Duckworth of Illionois, and Dan Maffei of New York, both Democrats, are returning to the House. Controversial GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann and Allen West are fighting for their political lives as is scandal-tarred Massachusetts Democratic Rep. John Tierney. Utah Republican Mia Love is trailing incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson.
And meanwhile Colorado has legalized marijuana. What a night.
Fine speech from Romney giving concession. Now we'll hear from Obama and can start wrapping this up.
Senate Democrats have had a very good night with Warren, Donnelly, Kaine, and Baldwin among others. But the night's not over--there are still three very interesting races going on. In North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp has around a 5,000 vote lead with 89 percent of the vote reported; in Montana incumbent Sen. Jon Tester holds around a 20,000 vote lead with around a third of the votes counted; and in Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is up by around 2,500 votes with 86 percent of the vote counted. The big show may be over but some big races are outstanding.
OK finally here come POTUS and FLOTUS.
And, what?, FFOTUS? FDOTUS? I'm really tired.
The president strikes the right notes in reaching out to Romney and his supporters.
Obama mentions global warming for the first time in the campaign.
This is a good speech because it hit some very good notes, whether about the arguments of democracy or the distinction between what can be done for us but what can be done by us. He also made the right noises about reaching across the aisle. Most of all, he recaptured a bit of the poetry and song of '08.
And he ends by evoking the speech that got him started--his 2004 keynote address.