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Here's where you can find the latest election news all in one place. We'll be posting updates from local and national races of interest here all night. 

11:38 - Votes are still being counted around Florida – the only state yet to determine a winner. And votes are still being counted here in the Bay area. About 9,500 ballots were not counted before election workers went home last night. They'll continue counting them today.                

9:12 a.m.: USF Political Science professor Susan MacManus joins us on Good Day, giving us her theory on how Obama pulled away. Was there anything that could have changed the result? Video here.

8:25 a.m. - One of the stranger stories from this election: According to Google Trends, the term "who's running for president?" skyrocketed in November. Did that many people really not know who was running for president?

7:15 a.m. - If you're just waking up, good morning. Click here to watch Mitt Romney's speech last night. Click here to watch President Obama's.

7:06 a.m.: Fox 13 Political Editor Craig Patrick – fresh off a short night's sleep – joins Good Day Tampa Bay to digest last night's result. Bottom line, he says, this election came down to three states: Florida, Ohio and Virginia. Get his Patrick on Politics reaction here.

6:35 a.m. - We're getting a better sense of turnout numbers. Early indications are that they were lower than in 2008, and in some states, lower than in 2004.

6 a.m. - Our election coverage continues Wednesday morning. Fox 13's April Kellogg is in Pinellas County where they're still counting votes, and Alcides Segui is in Tampa getting local reaction. You can chime  in on our Facebook page.

5 a.m. - Washington state and Colorado have backed the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, while two other states approved same-sex marriage by popular vote. Read up on some of the notable results around the country.

4:15 a.m. - Read more on how the Republicans maintained control in the House, and the Democrats stayed in control of the Senate.

4:00 a.m. - Good Day Tampa Bay begins at 4:30 a.m., with full coverage of Election 2012, which is now the most tweeted event of all time. Read more about the buzz last night on social media.

2:55 a.m. - Most of the proposed amendments in Florida failed. For a recap of them all, click here.

2:25 a.m. - Florida remains too close to call, with President Obama leading 50 percent to Romney's 49 percent. After 97 percent reporting, Obama  has 4,063,798 votes to Romney's 3,999,679.



1:56 a.m. - Pres. Obama: "I have never been more hopeful about our future, I have never been more hopeful about America."


1:36 a.m. - President Obama appears onstage to deliver his victory speech.

"We are an American family and we rise and fall as one nation...for the United States of America, the best is yet to come."


12:56 a.m.
- Romney concedes, saying "This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation."


12:51 a.m. - AP reports that Romney has called Obama and conceded.

12:48 a.m. - Fox News reports that Mitt Romney will speak at 12:55 a.m.

12:00 a.m. - General feeling in the newsroom is surprise that the race was decided so quickly. Romney camp still not willing to concede Ohio, but all major outlets give race to Obama.


11:25 p.m. - President Obama tweets: "Four more years."

Twitter photo - @BarackObama


11:20 p.m. - Fox News projects President Obama the winner of the election after Romney loses Ohio.

10:35 p.m. - Roseanne Barr now has nearly 7,500 votes for president in FL. Margin between Obama/Romney is 50,000 votes.


10:25 p.m. - Connie Mack concedes the Senate race. Victorious Sen. Bill Nelson tells FOX 13: "I'm humbled because it was a big margin."


Photo by Tanya Arja / MyFoxTampaBay.com


9:35 p.m. - Florida remains extremely close, separated by hundreds of votes out of millions cast. But Obama stronghold Miami-Dade County is way behind most counties, reporting only 40 percent of their precincts. Could be a tipping point.


Democratic watch party in Tampa; pic by Jeremey Campbell / MyFoxTampaBay.com 

9:15 p.m. - 100 percent of precincts reporting in Pinellas County. Obama wins 52 percent to Romney's 46 percent.

With 321 of 347 precincts reporting in Hillsborough County Obama leads Romney 52% to 46%. With 68% turnout this year.

8:35 p.m. - Bill Young, GOP, elected U.S. House, District 13, Florida, according to the Associated Press.

From FOX 13's Tanya Arja: Senator Bill Nelson will speak at 8:45. He released a statement saying he promises to help end partisan gridlock. "I'd like to say Connie Mack was my opponent, not my enemy. You know these days the extremists in our political system try to divide. We need to unify."

8:08 p.m. - AP: Kathy Castor, Dem, elected U.S. House, District 14, Florida.

8:06 p.m. - Associated Press says Bill Nelson, Dem, elected U.S. Senate, Florida.


8:00 p.m. - One hour in, Pinellas is almost 3/4 done. 237 of 299 precincts reporting. Fluoride might bring down two in Pinellas, Bostock & Brickfield. Both got rid of fluoride, now voters might get rid of them, Chris Chmura reports.

Meanwhile, Hillsborough SOE reports 46.6% voter turnout.

7:47 p.m. From FOX 13's Josh Cascio - New Hillsborough County numbers: Obama 175,174 vs. Romney 147,767. Obama ahead in Hillsborough County.


7:26 p.m. - Elections workers are actually comparing signatures on ballots. Pinellas Commissioner Norm Roche says the canvassing board dug though records back to 1960 to validate one senior's ballot.


7:09 p.m. -By black bag, ballots are beginning to literally roll in here in Pinellas County. Also, the first batch of numbers is in, at it appears at least 347 Pinellas residents want comedian Roseanne Barr in the White House. No joke. She was on the Florida ballot.
-Chris Chmura

7:00 p.m. - Polls are closed in the Bay Area and several East Coast states. FOX News projects Indiana, Kentucky for Romney; Vermont for Obama.


6:50 p.m. - It's either the calm before the storm or the eerily tranquil eye. Pinellas elections workers are taking a quick break, just ahead of polls closing in Florida. As of 6:35 p.m., they have already counted 235,198 ballots – and more are on the way.
- Chris Chmura


6:00 p.m. - One hour until polls close in the Bay Area. Remember, as long as you are in line by 7, you will be allowed to vote no matter how long the line is.


5:40 p.m. - The after-work rush is in full effect. Lines are growing around the Bay Area. Estimated wait at USF is 90 minutes.

Photo by Anjuli Lohn / MyFoxTampaBay.com


4:40 p.m. - Full power has returned to the elections office. Things are getting back to normal -- just in time for the evening rush.


4:25 p.m. - Generators are powering some voting machines at the darkened SOE office on Falkenburg. Voters are again able to fill out absentee ballots there.  SOE says transformer blew.


4:00 p.m. - TECO confirms small (600 people) outage in Falkenburg area, including the SOE office.  Outage has arms down at railroad crossing, snarling traffic in the area.

3:30 p.m. - Power is out at the Hillsborough supervisor of elections office on Falkenburg Road. Not sure of the cause. Voters are being given placeholders to wait in line.

Photo by Hetal Gandhi / MyFoxTampaBay.com


1:20 p.m. - Voting continues across the Bay Area, with lines reported at many polling places. Some voters in Pinellas County received robo-calls telling them to vote tomorrow (Wednesday). 

The Hillsborough County supervisor of elections reports that phone lines were down at some polling places earlier today, but everything should be working now.

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