Romney Campaign Concedes Florida

The Root's Election Watch: Romney campaign gives up the final state to Obama. Plus: The president made sure to give a shout-out to the voters who waited for hours. 

National media outlets have given Ohio to President Barack Obama, but hold the cheers: Not all the results are in, and as has been reported, Romney hasn’t conceded. About 80 percent of precincts have reported, and roughly 20,000 votes separate Obama and Romney, according to Alexis Zoldan, deputy press secretary for the Ohio secretary of state. But the office can’t offer more up-to-date numbers because their elections return website has crashed. The Associated Press called Ohio for Obama based on trends in the more urban counties. Although the counties haven’t reported completely, they are bright-blue spots that have handily supported Democrats in the past.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 12:28 a.m. EST: Most retweeted of all time: After the major networks declared Obama the winner of the presidential election, this photo from Obama, along with the victory message “Four more years,” became the most retweeted tweet of all time. According to the Atlantic, it was retweeted 298,318 times in 30 minutes.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11:39 p.m. EST: Obama declared winner, but Romney won’t concede Ohio: At 11:30 p.m. EST, after predicting that President Obama had won Ohio, NBC news declared him the winner of the race against Mitt Romney. Several major networks have now made the same projection, announcing that he will serve a second term after a string of battleground state victories. However, MSNBC reports that the Romney campaign is not conceding the state of Ohio, and therefore not conceding the race for the presidency.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11:28 p.m. EST: Angela Bassett and Kamala D. Harris attend Obama rally: The Root’s Lynette Holloway reports from Chicago:

Actress Angela Bassett and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris were among supporters who arrived at Chicago’s McCormick Place to attend President Barack Obama’s Election Day rally on Tuesday evening.

“I’m very excited,” Bassett said as she made her way into the rally. “It’s been a long road.”

In a separate interview, Harris told reporters that she was confident that President Obama would be re-elected. While polls in her state close later than those in the Midwest and on the East Coast, voters are reliably democratic, analysts say.

“What is crucial right now, especially in California, is that there are still very many hours to vote and we still need to get everyone out to vote,” Harris said. “In the last election cycle in Ohio, for example, we won by five votes per precinct. So every vote matters. To vote is to express one’s voice, and if we want our issues to be heard we must express our voice.”

Indeed, excitement was palpable throughout the immense convention center as supporters, including volunteers, voters and surrogates, showed up for the impending rally.