UPDATE: Obama prevails despite weak economy, high unemployment

Mitt Romney telephoned the president, then spoke to disappointed supporters in Boston.

ELECTION 2012: Complete results from Boone County

Here are the results from Boone County in all races with all precincts reporting.

Long lines reported in some spots as polls open in Missouri

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."

Voters embrace county sales tax for children's mental health

The tax will bring in an estimated $5.4 million annually for mental health services focused on children in Boone County.

Boone County races: Thompson beats Bormann to become Northern District commissioner

Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller also wins another term.

UPDATE: McCaskill defeats Akin in re-election bid for Senate seat

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill won her re-election bid for Missouri's Senate seat.

Election 2012: A guide to election night commentary online

After months of campaigning and news coverage of that campaigning, election night is finally here. We're compiling a running list of commentary from various news sources. 

UPDATE: Sen. McCaskill, Gov. Nixon re-elected in Missouri

In other statewide races, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster defeated Republican attorney Ed Martin. Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder won a third term.

Determined Columbia residents give and receive rides to polling places

For myriad reasons, people around the city were motivated to overcome obstacles to get out and vote — or to help others accomplish that task.

Boone County voters join the nation in casting ballots

The presidential race and a proposed increase in Missouri's tobacco tax were top of mind for many.

WE VOTED: Capturing the faces (and stickers) of voters

To tap into some of the pride around voting, the Missourian caught up with voters and their “I Voted” stickers today at polling places around Columbia.

GUIDE TO THE ELECTION: Online, interactive and social election night coverage

To satisfy your election news needs throughout the day and night, check out this guide to online streaming coverage, social media feeds and interactive content.

Poll troubleshooter fixes problems at the polls on Election Day

The Boone County Clerk’s office is responsible for making local elections run smoothly so they assemble a group of poll workers, like John Shewmaker, to run the poll stations around Boone County.

Columbia fifth-graders share thoughts on politics, voting

Students from Mill Creek Elementary School in Columbia talk about the role of the president and how they feel about politics.

Columbia voters share their Election Day experiences online

The Columbia Missourian is gathering observations, reactions and pictures on social media from mid-Missouri voters on Election Day. Check back to see what people are saying.

Boone County voters tell their stories

We talk to voters around Boone County as they cast their votes on Election Day.

Democratic Missouri Gov. Nixon wins re-election over Spence

Gov. Jay Nixon's victory Tuesday came after a campaign in which both candidates highlighted the need to create jobs in Missouri. Nixon said he was doing so, while Spence claimed Missouri was falling behind economically.

Voters react to election results on social media

The Missourian is keeping an eye on voter reactions as election results come in. We'll be updating the story as more results become known, so check back in with us throughout the night.

Republican challenger Romney wins Missouri electoral votes

Missouri elected Republican challenger Mitt Romney.