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Election 2012: A guide to election night commentary online

By Kip Hill
November 6, 2012 | 7:40 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Check throughout the evening for links to election night commentary from various news sources.

11:25 p.m.


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Karl Rove: Fox News Ohio call 'premature' (Politico)

While networks were calling the races for Obama, Republican strategist Karl Rove was arguing for pundits to take their foot off the gas pedal. Saying the spread was only 991 votes, Rove warned, "I’d be very cautious about intruding in this process.” The network's news desk said it stood by its decision to call the state for Obama, which was confirmed by The Associated Press on Twitter at 10:15 p.m.

His party doomed Romney (Washington Post)

Opinion writer Richard Cohen places the blame for Romney's loss on the Republican Party, arguing the former Massachusetts governor was forced to pander to a voting bloc shifting too far to the right. "Mitt Romney could have won," Cohen writes. "He had the right opponent by the wrong political party."

Gay marriage on the ballot in 4 states (Huffington Post)

In addition to marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage initiatives were also on the ballot in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. Maine has legalized the practice, the Huffington Post reports. Minnesota appears on its way to shooting down a change in its Constitution that would deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Washington and Maryland voters look like they will uphold state laws allowing same-sex marriages.

11:00 p.m.

Networks call election for President Obama before 11:30 p.m. (Poynter)

Multiple news outlets called the race for President Barack Obama shortly after 10 p.m. Central Standard Time. Poynter kept a running tally on when each news outlet called the race for the president. Already, speculation has begun about how Obama was able to secure a second term.

Thank You, Sandy (Huffington Post)

Ann Brenoff writes the president's response last week to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy solidified his image as a bipartisan leader. She writes in the wake of Sandy, however, there are still several issues to be resolved in Obama's second term.

Obama's Win Powered by Organization, if Not Ideas (NPR) 

Liz Halloran writes Obama's re-election victory can be attributed to a strong state-level organization and the gauntlet Romney had to run during the GOP primary. Halloran also argues the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy allowed the president to display his leadership qualities.

9:50 p.m.

Sarah Palin: Second term for Obama ‘catastrophic’ (Politico)

The one-time GOP vice presidential nominee said Tuesday night on Fox News that another four years of President Barack Obama would be "catastrophic." Palin was particularly critical of the increasing national debt and Obama's energy policies.

Five really cool things we saw tonight  (Poynter)

Poynter has compiled a list of their favorite election night multimedia journalism. Among those honored: NPR's Dashboard, which includes an infographic representation of the electoral vote count and a live blog of reports from NPR reporters nationwide.

Wisconsin's Baldwin becomes first openly gay U.S. Senator (Chicago Tribune)

The Tribune is calling the Wisconsin Senate race for Democrat Tammy Baldwin. The lead sentence: History has been made in Wisconsin this evening.

9:20 p.m.

Obama ad campaign shows importance of New Hampshire race (CNN)

In a brief post to CNN's rolling election night live blog, Kevin Liptak writes the Obama campaign recognized the importance of New Hampshire as a haven of independents and an important four electoral votes in their campaign to keep the White House.

"The ad is a vivid reminder to Granite Staters that their four electoral votes can sway a presidential outcome," Liptak writes. "Bush won 48% of the vote there in 2000, compared to 46% who went for Gore, but the result was buffered by 4% who went for third party candidate Ralph Nader. The four electoral votes that went for Bush were the lynchpin in the 271-266 Electoral College result."

Election emails sent on Nov. 6, 2012 (ProPublica)

ProPublica has compiled a list of election communications sent by the Obama and Romney campaigns on Election Day. The appeals include a promise that Will Ferrell will eat trash if recipients get out to the polls.

Polls stay open late with voters still in line (Washington Post)

Caitlin Dewey reports the Obama campaign is urging voters to stay the course with the Twitter hashtag #stayinline. Voters in Virginia, especially, are encountering long lines, and a Republican campaigner said polls in the state could be open for several hours.

9:00 p.m.

More than 1.1 million early votes reported; Obama leads Romney in Ohio (The Columbus Dispatch)

Jim Siegel reports record-setting early voting in Ohio and long lines as the polls closed.OhioSecretary of State Jon Husted said Election Day has been "smooth" in Ohio, and his office has not received complaints about significant voting problems.

Welcome to Election Day: Seven Things that Could Go Wrong (or Already Have) (ProPublica)

ProPublica reports that voter-ID-law confusion and Hurricane Sandy have already caused problems at the polls. And reports out of Florida say that it could be several hours before all votes are counted.

Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot: (Interactive Map) (Huffington Post)

Six states are considering ballot initiatives about marijuana legalization. Huffington Post is tracking the results in Montana, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon and Colorado. They also explain in simple terms what each of the ballot initiatives would do.

8:40 p.m.

The Night So Far (Associated Press)

Liz Sidoti, national political editor for The AP, has posted some of her preliminary impressions of the evening's returns. Her take? No fireworks yet. "The night is unfolding as expected," Sidoti writes. But returns in Virginia, Ohio and Florida will be coming in soon.

Early exit polls show Obama-friendly electorate in Ohio (Washington Post)

There's good news for the incumbent in the Buckeye State, according to Aaron Blake of the Post. Obama's favorability rating was around 10 points higher in statewide exit polls in Ohio, which also showed a slightly more African-American and liberal electorate than in 2008.

Cassidy's Count: Obama to win Electoral College, 303 to 235 (New Yorker)

John Cassidy of The New Yorker posted his predictions on the final electoral count yesterday, putting Colorado, Ohio and Virginia in Obama's column while granting Romney the state of Florida. So far, The New Yorker is tweeting, Cassidy's predictions have not erred.

8:15 p.m.

Huckabee slams GOP on minority outreach (Politico)

Politico's Dylan Byers is watching Fox News this evening, and he's picked up on a theme. Both Rush Limbaugh and Mike Huckabee, once a Republican nominee for president himself, admonished the party for failing to court voters of color. Huckabee said the party's effort was "pathetic."

House Republicans poised to hold majority; Democrats declare ‘end of the tea party' (Washington Post)

With all of the discussion surrounding Obama and Romney, it's easy to forget that all of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs Tuesday. The Post is reporting the GOP's hold on the House is secure. Democrats referred to close elections for leaders of the right-wing tea party movement as evidence of the group's decline in influence.

What election maps look like on news sites Tuesday night (Poynter)

For visual learners, Poynter has provided screen grabs of electoral maps from different news outlets. WNYC, a public radio affiliate out of New York has made a detailed electoral map that allows the user to roll over a state with their mouse and see results by county as they trickle in.

7:50 p.m.

Exit polls 2012: How votes are shifting in Virginia (Washington Post)

The Post is updating an infographic showing how those answering exit polls have changed in their support since 2008. Early returns show independent voters in Virginia are supporting Romney at a higher rate than 2008. Voters with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 also are showing more support for Romney than John McCain. Hispanic voters, perhaps surprising given Obama's executive order granting amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants, also are showing greater support for the GOP ticket than in 2008.

Romney: I've only written a victory speech (CNN)

CNN is reporting that Romney told reporters he's only written a victory speech ahead of tonight's closing of the polls. Romney added he was "very pleased" with the campaign that his team ran.

Battleground America: Photos from Swing States (Time)

Time Magazine posted a slideshow of images from nine battleground states during the last weekend of the campaign. Mostly focusing on campaign rallies, the images show the final push both candidates made to reach voters in states where the election will likely be decided.

7:30 p.m. 

After grueling campaign, Election 2012 rests with the voters (Washington Post)

The Post is reporting long lines and a long night ahead for vote counters. Both presidential candidates made frenzied appeals to voters Tuesday, despite indications voters made up their minds early. The Post reports 70 percent of voters made up their minds before September. The Post also reports that in the battleground state of Florida, Republicans made up a larger portion of early voters than in 2008.

Laughing at the polls (The New Yorker)

Has the Election Day bustle got you down? Take a break from the blistering pace of election coverage with some lighthearted cartoons from The New Yorker. Cynicism and nonsequiturs included.

Election 2012 results Liveblog: What exit polls tell us about voters in Virginia and Ohio (The Christian Science Monitor)

The Monitor is following election results live as they come in. While early returns are favorable for Barack Obama in Virginia and Ohio, they caution against reading too much into preliminary results in the close battleground states. Most recently, Virginia was leaning to Mitt Romney with 27 percent of precincts reporting. Ohio, with just 1 percent of precincts reporting, was leaning to Obama.