If Obama cannot end gridlock, his second term will be reduced to veto threats, empty promises, end runs around Congress and legacy-sealing forays into foreign lands.
Despite a bruising campaign, voters showed a willingness to let Obama continue the slow but upward trajectory the nation has followed since he took office.
Those voters sent a message loud and clear on Tuesday: They are happy in the middle.
Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House.
The outcomes of the marriage votes could influence the U.S. Supreme Court, which will soon consider whether to take up cases challenging the law that denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages.
In New Jersey, winds were kicking up Wednesday morning and some battered shore communities were ordering mandatory evacuations for later in the day.
I appreciate the fact that so many students on campus were dedicated to this year’s race for the presidency.
Republican newcomer Caleb Rowden defeats veteran politician Ken Jacob in the area's closest House race.
The race between Kurt Schaefer and Mary Still, who have known each other since working for then-Attorney General Jay Nixon, only became more heated as the campaign wore on.
People from both sides of the aisle took to establishments around Columbia to watch the election results come in with supporters of the party of their choice.
Mitt Romney telephoned the president, then spoke to disappointed supporters in Boston.
So far this season, Mason Murray has exclusively played quarterback. But injuries in the Kewpies' secondary have forced Murray to fill a new role as a defensive back.
Here are the results from Boone County in all races with all precincts reporting.
When it comes to Missouri's interior defensive linemen, Sheldon Richardson has garnered all the attention this year. But Matt Hoch, the guy who plays next to him, is starting to produce in his own way.
Election officials are predicting that 72 percent of registered voters will cast ballots Tuesday in Missouri.
WHAT VOTERS ARE SAYING: 'I'm a little over everything with the election, but I'm still anxious to know the outcome'
Citizens share their reactions as they vote around town: "I don't have formal plans for the results, but I'll definitely be glued to it. This will be an exciting day."
Justin Eddy, 9, from Rocheport, recently made the finals of the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. He's committed to trying to win it next year.
The tax will bring in an estimated $5.4 million annually for mental health services focused on children in Boone County.
Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller also wins another term.
Missouri's defense was strong, forcing 32 turnovers and holding Lindenwood to 31 percent shooting from the field in a 88-46 exhibition victory Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.