Lines were made, ballots were cast, and by the end of Tuesday night a winner was announced: the Latino voter.
As major news channels began announcing President Barack Obama’s reelection, actress Eva Longoria, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and other Latino celebrities were quick to react to the election's outcome on Twitter.
Familiar faces on the President’s campaign trail celebrated the win for Obama; Longoria even tweeted she had been moved to tears by the news.
Me and my friends celebrating! I'm on tears! Moving the country forward!!! Obama!!! say.ly/AVj4x9M
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) November 7, 2012
National exit polls reported that Obama received about 70 percent of the Latino vote Tuesday, beating his 2008 figures by 4 percent, according to CNN. As the numbers confirmed the GOP’s lack of Latino support -- Governor Mitt Romney received roughly 27 percent of the Latino vote -- television personalities like Univision’s news anchor Maria Elena Salinas pointed to the importance of the Latino community in this and future presidential elections.
It's official: Latino vote makes the difference in Obama win. No one can make it to the White House without Latino vote. @yaeshora2012
— Maria Elena Salinas (@MariaESalinas) November 7, 2012
Members of the GOP weren’t far behind to notice the power of the Latino vote. Ana Navarro, Senator John McCain’s Latino Outreach Advisor in 2008, said Romney’s 27 percent was a “disgrace” that created “responsibilities” for Hispanic Republican leaders. In 2008, McCain received about 31 percent of the Latino vote.
Exit polls: Romney w/27% of Latinos. What a DISGRACE. But opens up opportunities AND responsibilities for GOP leaders like Jeb & Rubio
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 7, 2012
When Obama was officially announced as the winner of the 2012 presidential election, Navarro tweeted: At what point do we start asking, "what if he had picked Rubio or Portman as VP"?
Could a Hispanic vice president been Romney’s ticket into the White House? Check out more Twitter reactions above and let us know what you think in the comments.