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Nov. 6, 2012: America votes

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A look at the 2012 U.S. presidential election from across the country.

  • President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the election night party at McCormick Place, Wednesday, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the election night party at McCormick Place, Wednesday, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

  • President Barack Obama, joined by  his wife Michelle, Vice-President Joe Biden and his spouse  Jill acknowledge applause  after Obama delivered his victory speech to supporters gathered in Chicago early Wednesday.

    Jerome Delay / The Associated Press

    President Barack Obama, joined by his wife Michelle, Vice-President Joe Biden and his spouse Jill acknowledge applause after Obama delivered his victory speech to supporters gathered in Chicago early Wednesday.

  • Linda Patino tears up as she watches a television broadcast as Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives his concession speech during a Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, in Salt Lake City.

    Rick Bowmer / The Associated Press

    Linda Patino tears up as she watches a television broadcast as Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives his concession speech during a Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, in Salt Lake City.

  • Supporters of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watch after he left the stage after his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston, Wednesday.

    Charles Dharapak / The Associated Press

    Supporters of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watch after he left the stage after his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston, Wednesday.

  • Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston, Wednesday.

    Charles Dharapak / The Associated Press

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston, Wednesday.

  • Cyclists ride on a beach passing by a sand sculpture congratulating U.S. president Barack Obama for a second term in office in Puri, India, Wednesday. Obama captured a second White House term, blunting a mighty challenge by Republican Mitt Romney as Americans voted for a leader they knew over a wealthy businessman they did not.

    Biswaranjan Rout / The Associated Press

    Cyclists ride on a beach passing by a sand sculpture congratulating U.S. president Barack Obama for a second term in office in Puri, India, Wednesday. Obama captured a second White House term, blunting a mighty challenge by Republican Mitt Romney as Americans voted for a leader they knew over a wealthy businessman they did not.

  • Revelers celebrate early election returns favoring Washington state Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage, during a large impromptu street gathering in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The re-election of President Barack Obama and Referendum 74 drew the most supporters to the streets.

    Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

    Revelers celebrate early election returns favoring Washington state Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage, during a large impromptu street gathering in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The re-election of President Barack Obama and Referendum 74 drew the most supporters to the streets.

  • A rigger makes his way up top the rafters during the election night party for President Barack Obama Tuesday, in Chicago.

    Chris Carlson / The Associated Press

    A rigger makes his way up top the rafters during the election night party for President Barack Obama Tuesday, in Chicago.

  • Cean Orrett, 45, centre, and Gareth Edmondson-Jones, 46, of San Diago, both recently married in New York, react to positive predictions for President Barack Obama as crowds watch election results in Times Square, Tuesday, in New York. After a year of campaigning, polls have begun to close after Americans across the United States headed to the polls to decide the winner of the tight presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    John Minchillo / The Associated Press

    Cean Orrett, 45, centre, and Gareth Edmondson-Jones, 46, of San Diago, both recently married in New York, react to positive predictions for President Barack Obama as crowds watch election results in Times Square, Tuesday, in New York. After a year of campaigning, polls have begun to close after Americans across the United States headed to the polls to decide the winner of the tight presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

  • Martha Nunez, 53, of the Bronx, reacts to positive predictions for President Barack Obama as crowds watch election results in Times Square, Tuesday, in New York. After a year of campaigning, polls have begun to close after Americans across the United States headed to the polls to decide the winner of the tight presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    John Minchillo / The Associated Press

    Martha Nunez, 53, of the Bronx, reacts to positive predictions for President Barack Obama as crowds watch election results in Times Square, Tuesday, in New York. After a year of campaigning, polls have begun to close after Americans across the United States headed to the polls to decide the winner of the tight presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

  • U.S. consul Tim Cipullo, right, holds an election party at the University of Manitoba Tuesday evening. Here, he talks to Natalie Jebb (left) and her father Lee Jebb (centre), both from Brandon.

    Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press

    U.S. consul Tim Cipullo, right, holds an election party at the University of Manitoba Tuesday evening. Here, he talks to Natalie Jebb (left) and her father Lee Jebb (centre), both from Brandon.

  • Voters wait in a short line at Kiln Creek Elementary Tuesday, in Newport News, Virginia.

    Rob Ostermaier / Newport News Daily Press / MCT

    Voters wait in a short line at Kiln Creek Elementary Tuesday, in Newport News, Virginia.

  • Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe joined volunteers from Minnesotans United for All Families at the University of Minnesota to encourage voters to vote against the marriage amendment in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday.

    Jim Gehrz / Minneapolis Star Tribune / MCT

    Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe joined volunteers from Minnesotans United for All Families at the University of Minnesota to encourage voters to vote against the marriage amendment in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday.

  • Poll worker Leon Levy attaches stickers to a tabletop on election day on Tuesday, in Nashville, Tenn. After a grinding presidential campaign President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, yield centre stage to American voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come.

    Mark Humphrey / The Associated Press

    Poll worker Leon Levy attaches stickers to a tabletop on election day on Tuesday, in Nashville, Tenn. After a grinding presidential campaign President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, yield centre stage to American voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come.

  • Grand Forks residents vote in the U.S. presidential election Tuesday afternoon at the Alerus Centre.

    JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Grand Forks residents vote in the U.S. presidential election Tuesday afternoon at the Alerus Centre.

  • Alejandro Luna Ramos from Mexico, right, belongs to an international delegation of U.S. election observers shown here boarding the bus at the National Press Building to visit voting places in the Washington area.

    Astrid Riecken / The Washington Post

    Alejandro Luna Ramos from Mexico, right, belongs to an international delegation of U.S. election observers shown here boarding the bus at the National Press Building to visit voting places in the Washington area.

  • Ballots are moved in the King County Elections ballot processing facility in Renton, Wash. as the mail-in ballots continue to come in on Election Day, Tuesday.

    Joshua Trujillo / The Associated Press

    Ballots are moved in the King County Elections ballot processing facility in Renton, Wash. as the mail-in ballots continue to come in on Election Day, Tuesday.

  • Guests look at their mobile phones as they wait for the first exit poll predictions whilst they attend the Presidential Election party at the United States Embassy in London, Tuesday.

    Alastair Grant / The Associated Press

    Guests look at their mobile phones as they wait for the first exit poll predictions whilst they attend the Presidential Election party at the United States Embassy in London, Tuesday.

  • Voters wait outside Royal Heights United Methodist Church in Joplin, Mo., on Tuesday. Over the lunch hour, long lines greeted Joplin voters at polling stations.

    Roger Nomer / The Associated Press

    Voters wait outside Royal Heights United Methodist Church in Joplin, Mo., on Tuesday. Over the lunch hour, long lines greeted Joplin voters at polling stations.

  • Election worker Richard Coit makes sure all ballots are removed from envelopes by looking through the hole in the middle of the envelopes at the Whatcom County Auditor's office on Election Day, Tuesday, in Bellingham, Washington. More then half of the registered voters in Whatcom County had already turned in their ballots before Election Day.

    Philip A. Dwyer / Bellingham Herald / MCT

    Election worker Richard Coit makes sure all ballots are removed from envelopes by looking through the hole in the middle of the envelopes at the Whatcom County Auditor's office on Election Day, Tuesday, in Bellingham, Washington. More then half of the registered voters in Whatcom County had already turned in their ballots before Election Day.

  • After voting, Mike Weigart, 30, carries his ballot and his surfboard to the ballot box at the polling place at the Venice Beach lifeguard headquarters in Los Angeles Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Weigart said,

    Reed Saxon / The Associated Press

    After voting, Mike Weigart, 30, carries his ballot and his surfboard to the ballot box at the polling place at the Venice Beach lifeguard headquarters in Los Angeles Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Weigart said, "It's awesome the polling place is where I surf."

  • Anne Lacroix (centre) talks with Emmanuelle Renault (centre right) and others at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café on Tuesday night, where people crammed in to watch the 2012 U.S. election results.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Anne Lacroix (centre) talks with Emmanuelle Renault (centre right) and others at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café on Tuesday night, where people crammed in to watch the 2012 U.S. election results.

  • Voters wait to cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, at Pony Express Elementary School in Eagle Mountain, Utah.

    Rick Egan / The Associated Press

    Voters wait to cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, at Pony Express Elementary School in Eagle Mountain, Utah.

  • Volunteer Clare Frew puts away a life-size cut out of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as she prepares to close the Chatham County Republican Campaign office, Tuesday, in Savannah, Ga. After a grinding presidential campaign, Americans are heading into polling places across the country.

    Stephen Morton / The Associated Press

    Volunteer Clare Frew puts away a life-size cut out of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as she prepares to close the Chatham County Republican Campaign office, Tuesday, in Savannah, Ga. After a grinding presidential campaign, Americans are heading into polling places across the country.

  • Voters in one of the county's busiest precincts cast their ballots in front of the stage at the First Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, , in Savannah, Ga.

    Stephen Morton / The Associated Press

    Voters in one of the county's busiest precincts cast their ballots in front of the stage at the First Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, , in Savannah, Ga.

  • People wait in line to vote in Miami on Election Day Tuesday.

    David Santiago / The Associated Press

    People wait in line to vote in Miami on Election Day Tuesday.

  • Congressman Todd Akin (R-Mo.) votes on Tuesday at the Star Bridge Christian Center in Wildwood, Missouri.

    J.B. Forbes / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / MCT

    Congressman Todd Akin (R-Mo.) votes on Tuesday at the Star Bridge Christian Center in Wildwood, Missouri.

  • Voters cast their ballots at Waikiki Elementary on Election Day, in Honolulu.

    Marco Garcia / The Associated Press

    Voters cast their ballots at Waikiki Elementary on Election Day, in Honolulu.

  • People pose with a picture of President Barack Obama during the Election Night Party 2012 following the U.S. Presidential Election, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday.

    Andres Kudacki / The Associated Press

    People pose with a picture of President Barack Obama during the Election Night Party 2012 following the U.S. Presidential Election, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday.

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