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11/07/2012 03:31 pm ET

The 7 Tweets That Defined Election Night 2012

A person poses with a cell phone in front of a computer screen to check Barack Obama's tweet on November 7, 2012 in Paris aft
A person poses with a cell phone in front of a computer screen to check Barack Obama's tweet on November 7, 2012 in Paris after his re-election as US president. Barack Obama brought his sophisticated social media campaign to an emotional climax, proclaiming his victory on Twitter and Facebook just as TV networks were breaking the news. The post was his most re-tweeted -- 472,000 shares in three hours -- according to Twitter's politics account @gov. It was also the most popular ever, topping a message from singer Justin Bieber, website BuzzFeed said. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

And as you might guess, Election Night 2012 turned scores of tweeters users into quick-typing political junkies. Whether looking up Nate Silver's state-by-state predictions or following @HuffPostPol's interactive voting map, the Twittershpere wanted to be informed with second-by-second updates.

Of the 31 million tweets the Twitter blog states were posted on Election Day, a handful will go down in Twitter history for defining the evening. Below, we've compiled a slideshow of memorable posts from news correspondents, grumpy celebrities, fictional characters, President Obama himself -- and others.

Did you use Twitter to keep up with election coverage? Which organizations or people do you follow for the best updates? Let us know your suggestions in the comments section below, or tweet us at [@HuffPostTech]. Then read more about the most retweeted photo ever, or learn how Twitter may be able to predict an election (here).

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7 Tweets That Defined Election Night 2012
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