After months and months of campaigning, election 2012 voters head to the polls Tuesday to make their final choice for president.

Leading up to Election Day, national polls showed incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney right on each other's heels. As of Monday, Obama also held leads in key battleground states. Via HuffPost Senior Polling Editor Mark Blumenthal:

The only real remaining question is whether the the final polling averages will prove to be accurate or whether some systematic error in the swing state surveys is concealing a hidden Romney advantage that will reveal itself when all the votes are counted.

(Click here for HuffPost's full interactive map and the latest polls.)

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In their battle for the White House, both candidates made several promises in hopes of boosting their election chances. Scroll down to see what they said (via the Associated Press), and tell us who you think will emerge as the winner once all the votes are in. For up-to-the-minute Election Day news, check out our live blog below.

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  • Obama On Taxes

    Roll back Bush tax cuts for upper-income people. He compromised with the GOP and went along with renewing the expiring across-the-board tax cuts begun by his Republican predecessor, even though he wanted to revert to higher rates for couples making over $250,000 and individuals making over $200,000. Obama is still promising to raise those rates and more – and pretty much needs to, because much of his agenda depends on getting more tax revenue from wealthier people. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • Romney On Jobs

    Create 12 million jobs in four years. Romney sets a modest bar with this oft-heard pledge; economists think about that many jobs or more will be created regardless of the outcome Tuesday. To add 12 million, the workforce would have to grow by an average of 250,000 a month, a reasonable prospect when there is no recession. Since July, the economy has created an average of 173,000 jobs a month. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Obama On The Deficit

    Put government on a path to cutting deficits by $4 trillion over 10 years. A tall order, and his performance on it over the next four years would help shape his legacy for better or worse. He failed in his first-term promise to cut deficits by half, instead running trillion-dollar deficits for four straight years due largely to the recession he inherited, a halting comeback and big spending to spur the recovery. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Romney On Taxes

    "I'm not going to raise taxes on anyone," a pledge also rendered as, "I will not raise taxes on the middle class." Romney promises not only to keep the Bush tax cuts for all but to bring down rates a further 20 percent. He'd also eliminate the capital gains tax for families making below $200,000 and cut the corporate tax to 25 percent from 35 percent. Although the promised cuts are clear enough, just how he would pay for them is a mystery. He's talked about reducing some deductions and exemptions in the tax code but won't say which. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Obama On Foreign Oil

    Cut imports of foreign oil by half by 2020. For generations, presidents have fruitlessly held out the dream of making the U.S. self-sufficient in energy. But the boom in domestic production may at last be nudging the nation toward that goal. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • Romney On Health Care

    Repeal Obama's health care law, his clarion call since the GOP primaries. Rolling back the massive overhaul, now that it has had more than two years to sprout roots, could be a massive undertaking of its own. Some of his promises in this area are showmanship, such as his pledge to issue waivers from the law to all 50 states on the first day of his presidency. Many states don't want out of the law, and it can't be dismantled with the mere stroke of his pen anyway. In any event, the law's repeal is one big promise he will be judged on, especially by the tea party activists who were suspicious early on about his conservative credentials. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

  • Obama On Oil Companies

    End subsidies to the oil industry. A leftover promise that went nowhere in the last four years. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Romney On The Budget

    Balance the budget by 2020. Vital specifics are lacking from this pledge, such as which big federal programs he'd cut and how else he would save money when also wants to cut taxes, increase military spending and restore more than $700 billion in Medicare cuts over 10 years. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

  • Obama On Iran

    Prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The U.S. has imposed painful oil and financial penalties on Iran to persuade it to cease uranium enrichment activity, so far without apparent success. Obama has left open the possibility of military action if that's what it takes to stop Iranian nuclear development. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

  • Romney On Energy

    "We will achieve North American energy independence by 2020." By that, he means the U.S. would have its energy needs completely met by its own resources and those of Canada and Mexico. As with Obama's pledge to cut oil imports by half, Romney's promise has become conceivable – if still a steep climb – thanks to technology and market forces that have brought vast reserves of natural gas, along with other energy sources, within reach. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by Getty Images)

  • Obama On Corporate Tax Breaks

    "Take away tax breaks for companies shipping jobs overseas" as part of a plan to invigorate domestic manufacturing. A tougher slog than it might sound. U.S. corporations don't pay U.S. taxes on overseas profits unless they bring that cash back to the United States. Obama says this encourages outsourcing. Republicans say taxing such profits would make U.S. companies move headquarters overseas, not just production. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Romney On Keystone Pipeline

    Quickly approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, delayed by Obama because of environmental concerns, as part of the push for more energy supply. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Obama On Immigration

    "I want to make sure that we get comprehensive immigration reform that gives young people who've been raised here a chance to live out their own American dream." This failed before. Obama would try again, and counts it as the first thing he would do next year after a deficit-cutting deal. Without needing congressional action, he decided on a temporary measure in June letting up to 1.7 million young illegal immigrants stay and work for up to two years. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Romney On China

    Label China a currency manipulator. Central to Romney's pledge to get tougher with unfair trade practices. The move would set the stage for broad trade penalties and could lead to a trade war between the two huge economies. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Obama On Higher Education

    Make higher education affordable for everyone, in part by halving the growth in college tuition over 10 years. Ensure by the end of the decade that the U.S. has more people with college degrees than any other country, recruit 100,000 math and science teachers in 10 years, help 2 million workers attend community college. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

  • Romney On Immigration

    Overhaul immigration laws. The features of Romney's plan are foggier than Obama's, but he favors a strengthened system of tracking illegal immigrants through their U.S. employers, supports completion of the U.S.-Mexico border fence and opposes any broad-based move to establish a path to citizenship except for those who served in the armed forces. He promises to achieve this overhaul before the two-year work permits granted by Obama expire, and he would honor those in the meantime. Promises those who study legally in the U.S. that "if you get an advanced degree here, we want you to stay here_ so we will staple a green card to your diploma." (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Obama On Climate Change

    "My plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet_ because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke." From his convention speech, this was a rare reference to climate change from a president who pledged strong action in a first term, then fell mostly silent about it after promised legislation to cap emissions failed. Even so, Obama has come at the issue in other ways, treating carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the law and steering billions of dollars into cleaner energy. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Romney On Medicare

    Protect Medicare for those in or near retirement, change it for future retirees. Starting in 2022, retirees could choose to buy their own health insurance, with voucher-like payments from the government, or stay with traditional Medicare. Questions persist about whether the payments would be sufficient and whether traditional Medicare would remain as comprehensive as now. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

  • Obama On Medicare

    Strengthen Medicare by reducing the cost of health care. Steps already taken under the health care law improve benefits while cutting payments to hospitals and other providers by more than $700 billion over a decade – cuts used to help working-age Americans get insurance. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)

  • Romney On Medicaid

    Turn Medicaid over to the states with block grants, a huge change to a major program. Sure to cause a donnybrook in Congress – and an important step for conservatives who want states overall to gain more authority and flexibility from Washington. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

  • Obama On Jobs

    "We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports, and if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. You can make that happen. You can choose that future." In October, manufacturers added 13,000 jobs after shedding 27,000 the previous two months – not the makings of a renaissance. Obama has set an ambitious target, considering that manufacturing jobs have been steadily declining for nearly two decades. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Romney On Trade

    Seek freer trade with Latin America and other parts of the world, a leading element of Romney's job-creation pledge. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Obama On Big Government

    Consolidate a "whole bunch" of federal agencies dealing with business issues into one new department led by a secretary of business. (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Romney On Day One

    Day One alone: "Start the process of repealing Obamacare" with waivers, cut off federal money for Planned Parenthood and the U.N. Population Fund, reinstate the policy banning federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information, designate China a currency manipulator, "reverse every single Obama regulation that attacks our religious liberty and threatens innocent life," take "bold action" to create jobs, and – perhaps after lunch?_ "do everything in my power to end these days of drift and disappointment." (Text by The <a href="">Associated Press</a>; Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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HuffPost's Andrea Stone reports:

WASHINGTON -- Exit polls indicate that President Barack Obama received 69 percent of the Jewish vote Tuesday. Partisans have just begun to argue whether that was an overwhelming endorsement or the latest evidence that one of the Democratic Party's most reliable constituencies is becoming less so with every presidential election.

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HuffPost's Tyler Kingkade reports:

NEW YORK -- Mitt Romney lost the youth vote by a huge margin, and with it, he lost the presidency.

Sixty percent of young voters who cast ballots chose to reelect President Barack Obama, against the 36 percent who voted for Mitt Romney. That's a six point slide in youth support for Obama from 2008, but still nearly triple the margin of victory for the youth vote that John Kerry won over George W. Bush in 2004.

An analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University found that had the youth vote been split 50-50 for the presidential race in just four states -- Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia -- Romney would have been elected president. In each of those four crucial swing states, exit polling shows young voters made up 16 to 19 percent of the electorate.

According to the National Journal, Republicans had counted on the youth vote to be held to just 15 or 16 percent of the electorate in order to secure a Romney victory.

But CIRCLE estimates 22 to 23 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 nationwide voted this election. Exit polls show voters ages 18 to 29 made up 19 percent of the electorate, a 1-point increase from 2008.

"It is because [Romney] lost the youth vote pretty decisively that he will not be the next president of the United States," said CIRCLE's director, Peter Levine.

Read the full story here.

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Hours after President Barack Obama declared that the nation needs to fix the problem of long lines at the voting booth, a survey by Hart Research, commissioned by the AFL-CIO, found that minorities and Democrats were more likely to experience long wait times than others.

Nearly a quarter of blacks -- 24 percent -- and Hispanics -- 22 percent -- reported waiting in line more than 30 minutes, compared to 9 percent of whites. Obama voters were nearly twice as likely as Romney voters to face long lines, at 16 percent to 9 percent.

-- Dan Froomkin

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@ jonathanweisman : I hear Berg concedes to Heitkamp at 2:45ish CDT. With Angus King, Dems go up 55-45 in Senate. If nothing else, they have a cushion for 2014

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Both members of the only married couple in Congress lost their races last night. Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) was defeated in his U.S. Senate campaign against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Mack's wife, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) lost her bid for reelection to Democrat Raul Ruiz by 4,500 votes.

Bono Mack was first elected to Congress in a 1998 special election following the death of her first husband, Rep. Sonny Bono (R-Calif.). She was seen as the frontrunner to hold the Palm Springs area seat, having defeated her previous Democratic challengers by large margins. She married Connie Mack, a four-term congressman, in 2007. It is her third marriage and his second.

-- John Celock

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With North Dakota's U.S. Senate race still undecided, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp's narrow lead over Republican Rep. Rick Berg is the best showing by a Democrat statewide in North Dakota this year. Current results show Heitkamp, a former state attorney general, holds a 3,000 vote -- or 1 percentage point -- lead over Berg in the contest to replace retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D).

The next closest Democratic performances in the state this year occurred in the races for Congress and public service commissioner. In the congressional race, Republican Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer defeated Democrat former state Rep. Pam Gulleson 54 percent to 41 percent. In the public service commissioner race, Republican Randy Christmann defeated Democrat Brad Crabtree 54 percent to 41 percent. Crabtree was one of the most outspoken candidates in North Dakota, using the race to campaign for ethics reform and what he believed to be moral lapses at the Public Service Commission. In the governor's race, Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) easily defeated state Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor (D-Towner), 63 percent to 34 percent.

If elected, Heitkamp would be the first woman elected to represent North Dakota in Congress and the second woman to serve the state in Washington, D.C. Former Sen. Jocelyn Burdick (D) represented North Dakota in the Senate for three months in 1992 following the death of her husband, Sen. Quentin Burdick (D). Jocelyn Burdick was appointed to her Senate seat by then Gov. George Sinner (D).

-- John Celock

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@ NBCNews : NBC News declares Steve Bullock as the projected winner in Montana - Governor. #NBCPolitics

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Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is expected to lose his reelection bid to Democrat Patrick Murphy, although the race has not yet been fully called. Until it is, West's campaign isn't pleased that people keep saying he's out, according to a statement posted on his Facebook page Wednesday morning:

Our race is far from decided and there is no rush to declare an outcome. Ensuring a fair and accurate counting off all ballots is of the utmost importance. There are still tens of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in Palm Beach County and potential provisional ballots across the district. Late last night Congressman West maintained a district wide lead of nearly 2000 votes until the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections “recounted” thousands of early ballots. Following that "recount" Congressman West trailed by 2,400 votes. In addition, there were numerous other disturbing irregularities reported at polls across St. Lucie County including the doors to polling places being locked when the polls closed in direct violation of Florida law, thereby preventing the public from witnessing the procedures used to tabulate results. The St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office clearly ignored proper rules and procedures, and the scene at the Supervisor’s office last night could only be described as complete chaos. Given the hostility and demonstrated incompetence of the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, we believe it is critical that a full hand recount of the ballots take place in St. Lucie County. We will continue to fight to ensure every vote is counted properly and fairly, and accordingly we will pursue all legal means necessary.

Murphy is leading in votes, according to exit polling, with 160,328 to West's 157,872. The district is the only House race in Florida that has yet to be called.

-- Elise Foley

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More than 55 percent of Latino voters thought the Romney campaign was hostile toward them -- a good indication of why he may have lost them so badly -- and 18 percent believed he had no interest in reaching out to them, according to an impreMedia-Latino Decisions poll released in full Wednesday morning.

The "election eve" poll was taken from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5, surveying Latinos who had either already voted or said they were certain they would do so. Results from 11 states were released late Tuesday evening and into early Wednesday.

ImpreMedia-Latino Decisions found that a record proportion of Latinos, 75 percent, supported President Barack Obama, while only 23 percent voted for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who conceded the election after losing the electoral college by more than 100 votes. National exit polls put Obama at 71 percent support from Latinos and Romney at 27 percent.

Obama likely fared better among Latinos in part because he seemed more interested in reaching out to them: 66 percent of those polled said they felt Obama truly cares about them. Twenty-three percent said Obama was hostile toward Latino voters.

Immigration reform proved pivotal, even though it wasn't the highest-ranking priority, with 57 percent of Latino voters polled saying they were less enthusiastic about Romney based on his positions on the issue.

See the full results here, including state breakdowns in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.

-- Elise Foley

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@ breakingpol : Montana Sen Jon Tester wins re-election - @AP

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Mitt Romney and California's John Frémont have something in common: both presidential candidates lost their home states by historic margins.

According to Smart Politics, only Frémont -- one of the nation's first Republicans, in 1856 -- suffered a greater defeat from his own constituents in California than Romney did Tuesday in Massachusetts. With more than 95 percent of the vote counted in the state, Romney trailed Obama by a 23.4-point margin, Smart Politics reported.

Read more here.

--Andrea Stone

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The leader of the Republican Party in Manhattan called newly reelected Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) a "lapdog" for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in an interview with City & State on Wednesday. The move comes the morning after Gillibrand defeated Republican Wendy Long.

Manhattan Republican Chairman Dan Isaacs told the website of the state political publication that his opinion was formed when the two clerked together for a federal judge.

“It’s an example of why we are where we are as a country that we don’t have people of substance who really can step up. It’s a joke," Isaacs said, according to City & State.

- John Celock

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Minnesota residents voted against an amendment on Nov. 6 that would have defined marriage as being between a man and woman in the state's constitution -- though it isn't likely to end the local debate over which couples should have legal access to marriage rights.

With the rejection, the state became the first in the country to shoot down a constitutional amendment limiting marriage equality, reports the Duluth News Tribune.

Gay marriage remains illegal in the Minnesota. However, without the constitutional amendment, making it legal in the future will be easier for pro-equality advocates.

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Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took a victory lap on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday.

"This has just been amazing," she said of her victory. Warren ran against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in the state Senate race.

Of her supporters, Warren said, "They saw this race as a race about what kind of people we are and what kind of country we're going to build … I have to say, this is democracy."

Asked about what she would do in Washington, she said, "I come there not just to be a senator."

"This is for all the people who are out there -- we play by the rules, we just want a chance to have a little economic security," she said.

"This isn't about parties, I'll work with anyone," Warren said.

Warren is greeting commuters in South Boston on Wednesday morning.

--Luke Johnson

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"The bond between Europe and North America, based upon the shared values on which our alliance was founded over 60 years ago, remains as strong, and as important to the preservation of Euro-Atlantic peace and security as ever. President Obama has demonstrated outstanding leadership in maintaining this vital bond." --NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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@ BreakingNews : Bill Clinton was the first person President Obama called after receiving concession call from Mitt Romney, campaign official says - @NBCNews

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@ breakingpol : Republican Michele Bachmann defeats hotelier Jim Graves to win 4th term in expensive Minnesota House race - @AP

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@ Reuters : FLASH: California Democrats say win supermajority in California State Assembly

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Democrats appear to have retaken control of the Colorado state House of Representatives. Local station 9News reports that Democrats will unseat three Republican legislators to regain control of the chamber they lost in 2010. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has declared victory in the state.

State House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) is poised to become the state's first openly gay speaker of the House with the victory. Earlier this year, Ferrandino saw a bill he pushed to allow civil unions in the state blocked by the state House Republican leadership. Ferrandino would be the fourth openly gay individual in American history to preside over a state legislative chamber.

Democrats control the Colorado state Senate and the governor's office.

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The race for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota was deemed too close to call Wednesday morning, but Democrat Heidi Heitkamp declared on Twitter that her 3,000 vote edge would hold.

"I am confident I am going to be the next United States Senator from North Dakota," she tweeted

Heitkamp was leading Rep. Rick Berg (R) 160,752 to 157,758 votes, but the results had not been certified. North Dakota is the only state that does not require voter registration, and anyone who can show they've been living in the state for 30 days is allowed to vote.

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Democrat Brandon Whipple, who was attacked by the Tea Party over the weekend for not having children, has won a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Returns published by the secretary of state show Whipple defeating Republican Rick Lindsey 58 percent to 42 percent in the newly created Wichita district.

On Saturday, campaign literature created by Kansans for Liberty, a Tea Party group in Wichita, asked, "Can someone with no children really understand your family's needs?" about the Democrat.

Whipple, 30, noted that he and his wife, Chelsea, have been trying to have children and told HuffPost that the ad, which included other attacks, took the race to "a different level." The literature included other attacks on Whipple, which the Democrat said were false.

Craig Gabel, the head of Kansans for Liberty, told HuffPost that the piece was meant to point out issues about Whipple and ask if he could address children's issues if he wasn't a parent. Whipple's opponent, Lindsey, also didn't have children. Gabel said a similar piece was not created against Lindsey, since Lindsey was in agreement with Tea Party principles.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D) landslide victory over Republican Wendy Long also appears to give her claim to the having won the largest percentage of the vote in New York state history. Gillbrand received 72 percent of the vote in unofficial returns, higher than Schumer's 70.6 percent victory in 2004 over Republican Assemblyman Howard Mills.

Gillibrand's victory showed her capturing 60 of the state's 62 counties, losing only Allegany and Wyoming Counties to Long, a judicial activist. Schumer captured 61 counties in his 2004 campaign, landing him in a tie with former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who won 61 counties in 1988.

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Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul -- the western New Yorker who galvanized Democrats by winning her 2011 special election on an anti-Paul Ryan platform -- lost her reelection bid to Republican Chris Collins in a heavily gerrymandered district.

Hochul, a former Eric County Clerk, set the tone for Democrats in 2012 by winning her special election, largely on the strength of a save-Medicare message that repudiated Ryan's plans to turn the program into a private, voucher-based system.

She was the first Democrat to win the district in decades, but the new map gave it the largest Republican voter base in the state. Still, Hochul nearly beat Collins, falling less than 6,000 votes short, losing 49.3 to 50.7 percent.

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Republican Mia Love has conceded her house race against Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Matheson to represent Utah's 2nd congressional district, Fox 13 reports.

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WMC-TV reports:

Reports are coming in that riots are brewing on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Mississippi.


Photos show huge group of people on the campus, some even lighting Obama-Biden signs on fire in response to the presidential election results.

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@ RalstonReports : #nvsen is final. Heller wins.

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Republicans know that they lost a major opportunity Tuesday, and Sen. John Cornyn, the Texan who runs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said it was time for the party to look in the mirror.

"It’s clear that with our losses in the Presidential race, and a number of key Senate races, we have a period of reflection and recalibration ahead for the Republican Party," Cornyn said. "While some will want to blame one wing of the party over the other, the reality is candidates from all corners of our GOP lost tonight. Clearly we have work to do in the weeks and months ahead."

But he also warned Democrats not to get too cocky, and while calling for bipartisanship, got in a dig at President Barack Obama.

"While the Democrats had a good night, they should not over-read their mandate as reflected by the almost evenly divided popular vote," he said. "It’s important to observe that nothing that happened tonight changes the very serious challenges confronting our country –- a $16 trillion debt, year-after-year of massive deficit spending, unsustainable entitlement programs, and a tax code that picks winners and losers while discouraging economic growth and job creation.

“Solving these very serious problems will take real presidential leadership," Cornyn added. "This is something we unfortunately did not see in the president’s first term, but that all of us hope for in his second.”

-- Michael McAuliff

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Final votes from the Kansas City, Mo. area have given state Rep. Jason Kander (D-Kansas City) an apparent victory in the race for Missouri secretary of state. Final returns show Kander leading state Rep. Shane Schoeller (R-Willard) 48.8 percent to 47.5 percent. Kander's lead is just over 33,000 votes, with over 2.5 million cast statewide in the race.

The Kansas City-area votes, the last to be counted in the race, pushed Kander past the seven-point lead that Schoeller had maintained most of the evening. Kander, an Afghanistan War veteran, pushed an ethics reform agenda in the race, calling for caps on campaign contributions in the state. Kander, who has made ethics reform a top issue as a state legislator, also promised to use the office to promote economic development. Kander highlighted his Afghanistan experience in multiple ads in the race.

Schoeller made voter identification a key issue in the race, which saw him receive a last minute infusion of $525,000 from the Republican State Leadership Committee. Schoeller received backing from businessmen Rex Sinquefield and David Humphreys, who provided large campaign contributions, along with free billboards from the state's billboard lobby. A key issue in the race was the writing of the state's ballot initiative language, an issue that Sinquefield has pressed with his interest in pushing statewide referendums on several issues.

Kander and Schoeller were competing to succeed retiring Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D).

-- John Celock

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Republican Mike Coffman has been projected as the winner of his Colorado House race by the AP.

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Democrats Ron Kind and Gwen Moore and Republicans Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble were projected the winners of their respective Wisconsin House races by the AP.

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Republican Steve Scalise and Democrat Cedric Richmond have been projected the winners of their respective Louisiana House races by the AP.

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Republicans John Carter and Randy Weber and Democrat Pete Gallego have been projected the winners of their respective Texas House races by the AP.

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Mitt Romney has been projected the winner of Alaska, according to the AP.

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Republicans Trey Radel, Vern Buchanan and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democrats Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Joe Garcia, Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel have been projected the winners of their respective Florida House races by the AP.

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Democrat Nick Rahall is the projected winner of his West Virginia House race by the AP.

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In a major blow to Michigan unions, voters rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have amended the state's constitution to guarantee public and private-sector employees the right to organize and collectively bargain. Proposal 2 failed 58 to 42 percent with 70 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.

The measure was meant to be a preemptive tactic by unions to protect bargaining rights in light of recent legislation in other states limiting such powers.

Read more here.

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Republicans Mike Grimm, Christopher Gibson, Chris Collins, Richard Hanna, Thomas Reed and Peter King and Democrats Steve Israel, Daniel Maffei, Paul Tonko, Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter, Bill Owens, Nydia Velasquez, Sean Maloney, Nita Lowey, Hakeem Jeffries, Eliot Engel, Joe Crowley, Jose E. Serrano, Charles Rangel, Yvette Clarke, Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Carolyn McCarthy and Timothy Bishop have been projected the winners of their respective New York House races by the AP.

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Republicans Joe Heck and Mark Amodei and Democrats Dina Titus and Steven Horsford have been projected the winners of their respective Nevada House races by the AP.

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Republican Steve Pearce and Democrats Ben R. Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham have been projected the winners of their respective New Mexico House races by the AP.

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Republicans Chris Smith, Scott Garrett, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Leonard Lance and Jon Runyan and Democrats Albio Sires, Rush Holt and Frank Pallone have been projected the winners of their respective New Jersey House races by the AP.

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Kevin Cramer was projected to be the winner of his North Dakota House race by the AP.

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Republicans Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith have been projected the winners of their respective Nebraska House races by the AP.

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Washington looks poised to join Maine and Maryland in allowing same-sex couples to wed via public vote.

Given the state's mail-in voting system, Washington's final tally won't be official for the next few days. But the Seattle Post-Intelligencer found that support for Referendum 74 was leading 51.8 percent to 48.2 percent in the final hours of Nov. 6.

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Republicans Richard Hudson and Robert Pittenger have been projected the winners of their respective North Carolina House races by the AP.

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Republican Kansas state Senate candidate Steve Fitzgerald, who told a Kansas City group last month that Catholics could not be Democrats, appears to have defeated state Sen. Kelly Kultala (D). Returns on the secretary of state's website show Fitzgerald leading Kultala 52 percent to 48 percent.

Fitzgerald had told the Polish American Club that Catholics could not be Democrats, because the party platform did not mesh with Catholic teachings. Fitzgerald later told HuffPost that part of his message was for Catholics to help fix the Democratic Party to make it stronger.

The Kultala-Fitzgerald race was one of several competitive races where Democratic incumbent senators were targeted for defeat by conservatives. Kultala, the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2010, faced a barrage of mailers tying her to President Barack Obama on such issues as the economy and health care reform.

-- John Celock

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@ aterkel : NH is run by ladies now -- all-female congressional delegation, woman in the governor's office.

Carol Shea-Porter has been projected the winner of her House Race in New Hampshire by the AP.

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An Iowa state senator who died last month from breast cancer received the most votes Tuesday to represent Iowa's Senate District 22, The Waukee Patch reports.

Pat Ward, a Republican who was seeking reelection at the time of her death, led Democratic candidate Desmund Adams, according to unofficial results.

The state's Republican Party has until Nov. 13 to submit a candidate to appear on the Dec. 11 special election ballot in the place of Ward.

John Ward, the late state senator's husband, announced last week that he intends to seek the nomination.

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-- Ian Gray

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Republicans Blaine Luetkemeyer, Billy Long, Vicky Hartzler and Ann Wagner and Democrats Emanuel Cleaver, Jo Ann Emerson and Lacy Clay have been projected the winners of their respective Missouri House races by the AP.

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Republican John Kline and Democrats Tim Walz and Collin Peterson have been projected the winners of their respective Minnesota House races by the AP.

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