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. 

Veritable roars, like cheers at a championship ball game, pierced the air each time CNN announced Obama wins against Republican challenger Mitt Romney in his home state of Illinois and battleground states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

When asked about moving forward after the election and what the president should do, Harris said Americans are nonpartisan on important issues, such as education and the economy. “And they want to know that their elected leaders are going to work together. I’d like to think that that’s going to happen after the election.”

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10:54 p.m. EST: Minnesota called for Obama; Arizona and Missouri go for Romney: NBC News projects that Obama will win Minnesota, and Romney will win Arizona and Missouri. See the entire electoral map here.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9:53 p.m. EST: New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania called for Obama: NBC News has projected that President Barack Obama has won New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the first battleground states to fall in the race for the White House. Polls have closed in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Colorado, but all are considered too close to call at this time. 

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 8:30 p.m. EST: Excessive waits for Virginia voters: Virginia’s reports that numerous voters attempting to cast ballots in Virginia Beach are complaining that the wait time is excessive. Stacey Noah told the outlet she got in line to vote at Green Run High School at 8:45 a.m. and was still waiting nearly four hours later. At 8:00 p.m., one The Root reader shared on Facebook a photo of voters at the College Park Elementary polling station in Virginia Beach, some of whom he said had been waiting since 10 a.m. The polls closed at 7 p.m., but Virginia law allows anyone in line at their polling place at that time to cast a ballot. The Twitter hashtag #stayinline is being used to spread that information and to encourage those still waiting not to abandon their efforts to vote.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 8:15 p.m. EST: Preparations under way at Obama rally site: Live from the site of the election rally planned for President Barack Obama at Chicago’s McCormick Place, The Roots Lynette Holloway reports that workers spent the day scrubbing and preparing the cavernous venue, and an American flag hangs over VIP seating.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7:14 p.m. EST: Obama wins Election Day basketball game: The Root’s Lynette Holloway reports from Chicago:

McCormick Place, where President Barack Obama will hold his rally tonight in Chicago, was a beehive of activity as journalists and media outlets from around the world prepared for his speech after the polls close at 7 p.m. CST.

But while pollsters, journalists and analysts made predictions and prepared for his speech, the president adhered to an Election Day routine: He played basketball on his home turf with friends.

He developed the routine in 2008 after winning the Iowa caucuses. It became a tradition after he lost the next contest, the New Hampshire primary, a time when he didn’t shoot hoops.