WBUR’s complete coverage of Election Night, with most recent updates on top.
11/7 Update: Two concessions: Backers of the doctor-assisted suicide ballot question and Richard Tisei, in the 6th district.
There’s still no resolution on Massachusetts’ doctor-assisted suicide ballot question, and folks are still voting in Florida, and there may be more news coming out of the state’s 6th Congressional District, but, just before 3 a.m., that’s essentially a wrap on Election 2012. So here are your headlines:
You can also scroll through this live blog for how Election Night unfolded.
Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and, tonight, (at least) two other states are poised to join the Bay State. First:
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine voters approve same-sex marriage, marking milestone for gay rights movement.
It’s the first state to approve of same-sex marriage by ballot, as opposed to through a law or court rulings.
Additionally, The Washington Post reports that Maryland voters approved of same-sex marriage. It’s also on the ballot in Washington state tonight.
2:10 a.m.: The New York Times clarifies on Washington state:
In Washington State, supporters of a referendum authorizing same-sex marriage appeared to have an edge in pre-election polls, but final results were not expected until later this week because ballots were still being mailed in as late as Tuesday.
We’ve told you about results for two of three Massachusetts ballot questions, but what about the third? Well, as of this writing, Question 2, on physician-assisted suicide is within 2 percentage points.
Other outlets had called it earlier, but this just in, as NPR confirms:
OBAMA WINS: After a hard-fought battle with Republican Mitt Romney, President Obama has been re-elected, NPR now projects. With 10 Electoral College votes from Wisconsin now in his win column, the president has 275 — five more than needed to be president.
11:45 p.m.: The lede of NPR’s report:
The euphoria of Barack Obama’s supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas.
12:25 a.m.: With the race decided (but before Obama or Romney have spoken), we’re continuing to follow the results in swing states. NPR has projected Obama to be the winner in Virginia, which brings him to 303 electoral votes, according to their tally.
So far, he’s won all these swing states — Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, according to NPR projections.
1:10 a.m.: Romney has offered his concession speech, in which he said, in part: “I pray that the president will be successful in guiding this nation.” Here’s the video of the speech:
2 a.m.: Obama just completed his victory speech. The president said for the country, “the best is yet to come,” but stressed that progress is hard work. As NPR’s live blog noted:
Talking of hope, the president says he isn’t speaking of “blind optimism.” He’s talking, Obama says, about the faith that “something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”
He also said he’ll return to the White House “more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the work that lies ahead.”
Here’s video of Obama’s speech:
1:22 a.m.: There may be more on this race, however:
Tisei campaign alleges voter improprieties in Lynn and may challenge results giving victory to John Tierney
— wburdebbecker (@wburdebbecker) November 7, 2012
1 a.m.: And we have a call. The AP reports:
BULLETIN (AP) – John Tierney, Dem, elected U.S. House, District 6, Massachusetts.
11:20 p.m.: WBUR’s Deborah Becker gets new information:
Tisei says he is within 8/10ths of a percent to John Tierney. Says he is nor conceding but thanking supporters
11:07 p.m.: WBUR’s Deborah Becker tweets that Tisei is about to concede.
With about 80 percent reporting, we’re watching results in the 6th Congressional District. As of now, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney is up on Republican challenger Richard Tisei, 49 percent to 46 percent.
WBUR’s Deborah Becker reported earlier that, as the lead began to shift to the incumbent, election watchers began leaving Tisei’s party in Peabody. Here’s her on-air report during WBUR-FM’s election special:
Retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank spoke with WBUR’s Curt Nickisch at the Election Night party of Democrat Joseph Kennedy III, who earlier tonight won the seat Frank is vacating:
We told you earlier that Mitt Romney, in what was expected, lost Massachusetts to President Obama. There’s this also, from WBUR’s Steve Brown:
Mitt Romney loses home town of Belmont, 64.7% to 33.6%
This just in:
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrat Elizabeth Warren wins Senate seat in Massachusetts.
10:15 p.m.: We’ll obviously have much more on this big story. For now, the topline news is that Warren, a first-time politician, has topped Brown, who swept into the Senate in a stunning 2010 special election upset to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
As the AP notes, Warren “becomes the first woman elected to the Senate from Massachusetts.”
10:25 p.m.: WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti is at victorious Warren headquarters, where Gov. Deval Patrick is now speaking. He said:
It’s a good night. You did it.
When we talk about grassroots, we’re not just talking about a strategy. We’re talking about a philosophy.
10:38 p.m.: Here’s a panorama of the Warren party, from photograph Nicholas Dynan.
10:42 p.m.: Brown is addressing his gathering. “I accept the decision of the voters,” he said. He added, per WBUR’s Lynn Jolicoeur: “I kept my promise to you to be that independent voice from Massachusetts, and I have never regretted any decision I made for you.”
Here’s video and audio of Brown’s full speech:
11:24 p.m.: Warren has given her victory speech to a raucous crowd.
“We’re going to fight for a level playing field and put people back to work,” she said. She also credited supporters for “teaching a scrappy first timer how to get in the ring and win.”
Here’s video, and audio of her speech:
This just in, from NPR’s live blog:
President Obama has won New Hampshire, NPR projects. That’s a battleground state in his win column. It’s also where Mitt Romney has a vacation home and is next door to Massachusetts, where Romney was governor.