Until all the votes are counted and the winner is called in the race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we’re keeping you up-to-date on presidential-election-related developments, from polls to commentary to events that could affect the outcome and decide who runs the country for the next four years.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:08 p.m. EST: Romney campaign concedes Florida: Mitt Romney’s campaign conceded today that it had lost the state of Florida as votes continue to be tallied more than 36 hours after the election was called for President Barack Obama, the Huffington Post reports. With a win in Florida, Barack Obama finishes the election with 332 electoral votes, just 33 fewer than he won in his victory in 2008. He also won every battleground state except North Carolina.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2:08 a.m. EST: Thanks for noticing, Mr. President: President Barack Obama took to the stage at McCormick Place in Chicago to deliver his acceptance speech — and acknowledge a major issue in the election process. “I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time — or waited in line for a very long time (by the way, we have to fix that).” The voters who waited in line for 10 hours certainly wouldn’t argue with that.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1:45 a.m. EST: Short, simple and to the point: Pollster Cornell Belcher emailed us this when we asked him for his thoughts on the election: “The voters Repubs said wouldn’t come back out did. They made a bad bet.” Indeed.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1:33 a.m. EST: Rep. Allen West to lose Florida House seat: With 97 percent of Florida precincts reporting, MSNBC is projecting that Allen West has lost his House seat to Democrat Patrick Murphy. The margin of defeat looks to be fewer than 1,000 votes. The loss by the Tea Party favorite comes on a night when Democrats retained control of the Senate.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 12:53 a.m. EST: Romney concedes election: In his speech, Romney announced that he called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. “Paul [Ryan] and I have left everything on the field,” he said. “We have given our all to this campaign.”
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 12:20 a.m. EST: Same-sex-marriage measures passing in Maryland and Maine: Maryland and Maine appeared poised to become the first states in the nation to back same-sex marriage at the ballot box Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Times reports. Other gay-marriage measures are on the ballot in Minnesota and Washington.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 12:26 a.m. EST: Colorado and Washington legalize recreational marijuana: Both Colorado and Washington State voters have passed ballot measures on Tuesday that make them the first states to legalize possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use, putting them at odds with federal law. In addition, Massachusetts voters approved the use of medical marijuana.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 12:42 a.m. EST: Vote counting grinds to a halt in Ohio: Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs, The Root‘s correspondent in Cleveland, reports: