Obama won the referendum in 2012

Live blog about the US election

By Domenika Ahlrichs (da), Karin Geil (kg), Carsten Luther (lu), Sebastian Horn / Washington D.C. (sh), Sybille Klormann (sk), Juliane Leopold (leo), Till Schwarze (tis), Eva C. Schweitzer / New York (esch)

  • Barack Obama will remain in office for four more years
  • Mitt Romney admits his defeat
  • Democrats defend their Senate majority
  • Republicans retain a majority in the House of Representatives
  • Vote count suspended in Florida
  • You can find an overview of all articles on the US election here.

10:50 After more than 24 hours, we are now ending this live blog. US President Barack Obama is re-elected and receives a "More courage, Mr. President" from ZEIT-ONLINE editor-in-chief Wolfgang Blau. Thank you all for reading, accompanying and commenting. And for you who are just joining us: Have fun reading the exciting hours that lie behind us. Everything else now as usual on our front page. (there)

10:05 Florida has now stopped counting votes. Because it's night there? Because it doesn't matter anymore anyway? Because too many imponderables still have to be clarified in view of the extremely tight result that is emerging? We hope to find out. In any case, after counting 98 percent of the votes, President Barack Obama in the southeastern state reached 49.85 percent, according to official information from the night, his Republican challenger Mitt Romney thus accounted for 49.29 percent. (there)

09:4575 percent of Latinos voted for Obama - much more than four years ago. (there)

09:10 The colleagues of New York Times published Obama's speech in writing. (there)

08:30 Nice reaction from network veteran John Perry Barlow:

Dear Rest of the World, you're welcome ...

- John Perry Barlow (@JPBarlow) November 7, 2012

08:10 Short message from the engine room: In our in-house bet, the winners only go home with just a little more money than they wagered yesterday. Most had bet on Obama. (there)

07:56 The President invokes the unity of the USA, across party lines: “Regardless of whether you have carried a Romney poster or an Obama poster in the past few weeks - you have made a difference. No matter what you believe in, where you come from, whether you are white or black, Latino or Indian, gay or straight: you can do it here. We are not blue and red states, we are the United States of America. "(Kg)

07:45 Obama: "We all are a American family that rises or falls as a Nation. "(Kg)

07:38 “The best is yet to come,” Obama calls out to his supporters. “Our work continues tonight. It goes on because of you. ”He thanked his election team, the best that has ever existed. (kg)

07:36 State of emergency in McCormick Place in Chicago: the election winner enters the stage to the sound of Stevie Wonder. At his side is his wife Michelle and their two daughters. Here is the live stream from CBS (kg)

07:13 The White House has published a first photo from election night in its stream on Flickr: The married couples Obama and Biden hug and congratulate each other. (kg)

07:09 In the meantime, 48 of the 50 states have been counted - and Obama's lead is clear: He has 303 electoral votes, Romney 203. In addition to Alaska, the result from Florida is now missing. (kg)

07:03 Now it's up to Obama: His first speech after the re-election should not be long in coming. (kg)

07:00 In his short speech - the loser stood calmly on the stage in Boston - he wished Obama success. He called him and congratulated him personally, says Romney. And further: “I wanted so much to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. I pray for the President's success in leading our nation ”. (kg)

06:58 Romney congratulates Obama on the victory. (kg)

06:52 Movement in the Republican camp: Mitt Romney will probably admit his defeat, in about ten minutes he wants to appear in front of his supporters. (kg)

06:47 The decision of the presidency wasn't the only one Americans had to make that day. There were referendums in many states. Here are a few results: In Maine and Maryland, homosexuals are now allowed to marry. Marijuana is now available over the counter in Colorado. (kg)

06:42 The New York Times and CNN are certain: Virginia goes to Obama. (kg)

"We did it": Obama supporters cheer for his victory

06:35 How close this election is is shown again by a look at the numbers from Ohio: There Obama is in the lead - 0.2 percentage points ahead. 89 percent of the constituencies were counted there. The incumbent has 49.3 percent of the vote, Romney 49.1 percent. (kg)

06:17 Another success for Obama: Several TV stations report that he has also won Swing State Colorado. (kg)

06:12 In Chicago, people are waiting for Obama's speech. The cheering about “four more years” never ends. (kg)

06:04 The two poorest districts in the United States clearly voted for Obama. In Ziebach County in South Dakota, the district in the United States with the highest poverty rate, 58 percent voted for the Democrats. In nearby Buffalo County, 74 percent voted for Obama. (kg)

05:50 Election party? In Ohio, the Republicans have already gone home. (lu)

Nobody tell Rove, but the Ohio GOP has conceded and gone home. twitter.com/daveweigel/sta…

- daveweigel (@daveweigel) November 7, 2012

05:47 Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of the heavily conservative news site redstate.com, apparently no longer believes in a Romney victory. He thanks Obama's team for at least not having to stay up all night: (lu)

Dear President Obama’s Team: Thanks at least for not making us have to stay up all night.

- Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 7, 2012

05:47 Or you could put it like Taegan D. Goddard, one of the most respected political analysts in the USA: This night is a kick into the ... (lu) for the Republicans

Tonight was an epic ass kicking of the Republican party. It should never have been this bad.

- Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) November 7, 2012

05:42 Karl Rove, one of the key advisors to President George W. Bush and a major Republican fundraiser during his tenure, does not believe in the projections. It was too early to declare a victory for Obama, he said on Fox News. There is now a dispute on the station about whether the re-election of the president is really certain. (lu)

What's going on on Fox right now is the most amazing thing I've seen on cable TV in a long time.

- Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) November 7, 2012

05:32 You don't see yourself defeated in the Romney camp yet. That's what a Globe and Mail reporter reported. (leo):

Romney camp reportedly doesn’t agree with Obama call just yet. Could be a while here still.

- Adam Radwanski (@aradwanski) November 7, 2012

05:30 It is certain: Barack Obama will remain in office for four more years. With the victory in Ohio he has 275 electoral votes in his pocket - that's enough! (sk)

05:19 Ohio goes to Obama, reports several US media outlets. That would mean that Barack Obama would be re-elected. (sk)

05:18 Is that safe yet? Obama tweeted "Four more years":

Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…

- Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012

05:17 Amazingly early it is said that California will go to Obama, just two hours after the polling stations close. No wonder it has a democratic governor. (esch)

05:10 Obama is also winning in Iowa, New Mexico, and Oregon. (sk)

05:09 According to CNN, the Democrats hold their majority in the US Senate. (sk)

05:08 Another success for the Democrats: Elizabeth Warren, who made a name for herself as a Wall Street regulator, defeated Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts in the running for a Senate seat. This was preceded by a long, dirty election campaign in which Brown had accused his opponent of taking advantage of the fact that she had an Indian great-grandmother. (esch)

05:02 New York Republicans celebrate at the Westin Hotel on East 42nd Street. Good mood spreads even though the news is not terribly good because the embattled swing states are still shaking along the 50:50 line. Every time Romney wins a state - like Arizona now - everyone cheers and claps, but Romney only wins those in which it was forecast. (esch)

04:57 The result from North Carolina is here: This state goes to Romney. (sk)

04:50 With Minnesota, Obama can book another victory. Romney wins in Arizona. (sk)

04:45 Overall, the Republicans have lost three seats in the Senate: In Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren beat Republican Senator Scott Brown. In Indiana, Joe Donnelly prevailed over Richard Mourdock and in Maine the Republicans lost their Senate seat to the independent candidate Angus King. Observers assumed that he should vote with the Democrats in the future. (sk)

04:36 Its stance on abortion has cost the Republican Party two seats in the Senate. (leo):

Not that it's particularly shocking, but opposition to rape exceptions for abortion cost the GOP two U.S. Senate seats tonight.

- Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) November 7, 2012

04:23 It is unusual and unsafe enough for people to vote in New Jersey by email. But now the mail servers are apparently overloaded in some districts and can no longer receive mail, as the blog Netzpolitik reports. In Essex County, the authorities would have therefore accepted the votes via an address with Microsoft's commercial mail provider Hotmail. This means that the votes are received by a private provider with their own economic interests. A rather harmless term for it is unusual. (tis)

04:19 In Florida, the libertarian Gary E. Johnson could become a stumbling block for Romney: The conservative won tens of thousands of votes in Florida. With a population of more than 19 million, that is relatively little, but it is precisely these votes that Romney could be missing in the end. Johnson is a candidate for the Libertarian Party, which is competing with the Republicans for the vote of the Conservative voters. As in 2000, when just over 500 votes made George W. Bush's victory over Al Gore, the outcome is again extremely close in Florida. At times, Romney was only 600 votes ahead of incumbent Barack Obama. (tis)

04:09 The Senate is also making history tonight: with Tammy Baldwin, who is open to her homosexuality (tis):

Congrats to the first openly gay senator in U.S. history, Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin.

- Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) November 7, 2012

04:03 Richard Mourdock loses his Senate seat to Democrat Joe Donnelly. Mourdock recently made headlines with his statement that women should have children even after rape because God wanted it to happen that way. (esch)

03:57 Obama also wins in Swing State New Hampshire, reports several US media outlets. (sk)

03:30 Obama wins Wisconsin too, according to Fox News and NBC. (sk)

03:23 Obama won the election in the contested US state of Pennsylvania, according to projections by TV stations NBC and Fox News. (sk)

03:15 At CBS, the journalists are preparing for a long night because of the close race in Florida. (sk)

"I think Florida may be keeping us up late tonight," CBS News anchor Scott Pelley on tight race in FL.

- Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 7, 2012

03:09 Republicans will retain a majority in the House of Representatives, CNN and ABC report. (sk)

Republicans will retain control of the US House of Representatives, ABC projects. LIVE: bbc.in/TJouuT#election2012

- BBC News US (@BBCNewsUS) November 7, 2012

03:02 There are more results: Obama wins in New York and Michigan, Romney wins in Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming and Mississippi. (sk)

02:57 Mike Huckabee, who failed as the Republican presidential candidate in the 2008 primaries, has criticized his party for falling behind black voters. (leo)

02:48 It's a razor-thin race: the forecasts based on the by-election polls see Obama in the lead with 51:49 in Florida at the moment. In the other key state, Virginia, the score is 55:43. (sk)

02:42 Obama wins New Jersey. (sk)

02:34 CNN reports that Romney also wins in Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee. (sk)

02:25 Three broadcasters are holding election parties in New York's Times Square: ABC, which set up the light poles in front of its Good Morning America studio, CNN is in Duffy Square, where Broadway tickets are sold, and Fox right next to it. It's freezing cold and so far only a few tourists have come. The screens shine in competition. (esch)

02:21 There are more predictions: Romney will win in West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia and Oklahoma. US President Obama wins in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland and Washington D.C. (sk)

02:09 Obama has won the home state of his challenger Mitt Romney. In Massachusetts, according to CNN, the Democrat is unassailable in the lead. (sk)

01:54 Polling stations are also closed in Vermont. US media reported an Obama's victory there. Romney is said to have won in the traditionally Republican states of Kentucky and Indiana. The election in Georgia and South Carolina, where a Romney win is also expected, is also over. Polling stations also closed in parts of Florida, which spans two time zones. (sk)

01:47 It's a neck-and-neck race not just in Ohio, but also in North Carolina. According to CNN, there is 49 to 49 percent. Obama won in both states four years ago. In Ohio it is about 18 electoral votes, in North Carolina about 15. (sk)

01:43 An extremely close race is looming in the possibly all-important state of Ohio. Post-election polls by the US broadcaster CNN see Obama and Romney with 51 and 49 percent of the vote, respectively. In Florida, Obama was slightly ahead after counting a quarter of the votes. (sk)

01:33 For many voters, too, the conditions in front of the polling stations are difficult to bear (sk):

standing outside in freezing cold 40 minutes now. Lots of elderly in line, inside chaos. how many other polling places are like this? #gotv

- Samhita Mukhopadhyay (@TheSamhita) November 6, 2012

01:27 Jürgen Klimke, Member of the Bundestag, is an election observer in the US for the OSCE and criticizes the situation there. Usually he gets a list of polling stations and can decide for himself which one to go to. "That is not possible here," said Klimke. The election observers had been given the polling stations that could be visited. "A broad review was not possible with it," he criticized. (sk)

01:14 According to a forecast by the US broadcaster CNN, Obama has won the state of Vermont. Romney won accordingly in Kentucky. (sk)

00:58 The first polling stations have closed. The vote ended at midnight Central European Time in first constituencies in the states of Indiana and Kentucky. (sk)

00:56 News from Ohio: The application for an injunction against the controversial software with which the voting machines there are equipped has failed. The plaintiffs, the Green Party, feared that outsiders might hack into the area. The judges saw no imminent danger. (esch)

00:38 According to CNN reporter Steve Brusk, Mitt Romney claims that he has only written one victory speech so far - exactly 1,118 words long. (cb)

00:13 In Washington D.C. many people follow the election results in bars. One of the most popular is the Busboys & Poets. A large video screen has been set up there, the walls are decorated with red-white-blue balloons. The atmosphere is comparable to a public viewing event during a European Championship or World Cup. The audience is relatively young, many are sitting in front of laptops or holding smartphones. Overall, Washington is voting for the Democrats with a majority, and Bushboys & Poets in particular is a “democratic fortress”, as the person sitting next to me just told me. So every state that Obama wins is likely to cause cheers here. (sh)

00:03 Now the night shift begins in the ZEIT ONLINE editorial team: Thanks to colleagues Markus Horeld (mh), Wolfgang Blau (wb), Karsten Polke-Majewski (kpm) and Katharina Kühn (kk). Sybille Klormann (sk) is now in charge of the blog.

23:45 There are signs of high voter turnout: Long queues have formed in front of many polling stations, and in Florida voters had to wait up to three hours before they could cast their votes. According to the website statisticbrain.com, 206 million US citizens are eligible to vote, 146 million had registered as voters. In the 2008 election, 131 million Americans cast their votes. (sk)

23:38 Things are not going quite as smoothly in Brooklyn. Neal Rosenstein, who works for NYPIRG.org (New York Public Interest Research Group), reports hundreds of calls from frustrated voters who stand in line for hours, mostly in Brooklyn and Queens. But there are also problems in Manhattan. When Bloomberg showed up to vote, the poll worker didn't find his name on the list. The mayor looked himself up and found him.Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the deadline for voters to vote via email is being extended by a few days. (esch)

23:30 Eva Schweitzer reports from New York: Our house is a polling station and the lobby is full of strangers queuing for the voting machines. The line is not particularly long, because here, in Times Square, there are only a few tens of thousands of people. A reporter from a New York news agency stands in front of the door and asks me if I've already voted. No I did not. Do I plan to vote Republicans? What? His editorial team, he says, wants him to find and interview a Republican in Midtown Manhattan. Well then you good luck. (esch)

23:14 The first supporters and journalists gather at Romney's election party. And have to find out: guests have to pay for drinks themselves (sk):

Romney's guests have to pay for drinks themselves: wine $ 7.50, beer $ 6.75 (only two glasses of alcohol per guest). # USA2012twitpic.com / baxbmp

- Marc Pitzke (@mpitzke) November 6, 2012

23:01 Does anyone remember Herman Cain and Mitt Romney's other opponents? CNN has summarized the entire election campaign including primaries to two minutes (mh):

22:56 If you believe Facebook, almost twice as many women as men have cast their votes so far: 3.5 million female voters are on the Facebook voting card compared to 1.8 million men. By the way, research says that clicking the "I'm voting" button increases voter turnout. (kpm)

22:50 Philip Murphy, US Ambassador to Berlin and Obama supporter ("My heart is for Obama, no question"), expects a result to be around 5:00 am CET. "Then I have to take a shower." (Mh)

22:41 Obama also wants to mobilize the last unwilling to vote: His supporters should now pick up the phone and find voters who have not yet cast their votes. (sk)

Already voted? Get on the phone and help turn out voters in key states where a few votes could make the difference: OFA.BO/mVN2Ei

- Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 6, 2012

22:31 Obama's basketball game is over - we don't yet know whether his team has won. (sk)

Pres. Obama has finished his basketball game. Too soon to tell if it was lucky or not.

- Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 6, 2012

Addendum, 23:12: Obama won the basketball game:

Obama’s team, which also included Scottie Pippen, won the election day basketball game by 20ish points, per pool report.

- Molly Ball (@mollyesque) November 6, 2012

22:26 As voters cast their votes, numerous investors on the New York Stock Exchanges decided to buy and drove prices higher. The Dow Jones index rose 1.0 percent to 13,242 points. The broader S&P 500 gained 0.8 percent to 1,428 points. The index of the technology exchange Nasdaq rose by 0.4 percent to 3011 points. A change of power could particularly affect the health industry, the energy sector and the financial world. But what investors fear most is that there will be no clear outcome to the election. That would mean that the new government will only be able to agree on the budget with a delay - and not prevent the tax increases and spending cuts that automatically occur at the end of the year. (kk)

21:12 An annoyed comment by the New York Times about the problems in choosing:

This is the day when voters raised on a reverence for democracy realize the utter disregard their leaders hold for that concept.

22:02 MotherJones magazine collects reports of voting problems: wrong polling station addresses, weird phone calls, and that sort of thing. The Romney-loving voting machine (see entry from 21:04) is of course also included. (mh)

21:56 Twitter observes live how its users comment on the two candidates, positive or negative, and uses this to create a popularity index. Obama's lead over his challenger is growing: Obama is 71 points, Romney 59. In the afternoon it was 66 for Obama against 56 for Romney (see entry from 15:08). (kpm)

#Twindex chart on election.twitter.com now updates hourly - currently Obama 71, Romney 59, both up from last night’s 66-56.

- Twitter Government (@gov) November 6, 2012

21:51 Here is another video from Obama's phone campaign:

21:38 Ohio is likely to make the choice - but that could take time, and because of the provisional ballots. These are ballot papers that are provisionally submitted. They come from voters who wanted to vote by mail, but changed their minds. Or where the address has changed. Or that only get to the urn (or machine) when the bar has actually closed, but stays open longer because of the long queues. The estimates are between 50,000 and 200,000 provisional ballotsthat will roll in - possibly more than ten percent of the votes cast. Counting them can take up to ten days, estimates CNN. The lawyers are already ready, also because of the controversial voting machines. (esch)

21:25 Big Bird also votes. He's probably not going to vote for Romney. Because he had threatened to cut the funds for the public broadcaster PBS, which runs Sesame Street. (mh)

21:04 Update on the broken voting machine (see entry at 19:40): According to the TV station NBC News, the device was replaced - and after a repair is now apparently back in use ... (mh)

20:51 Very interesting graphics in Economist: It shows how much money was spent on the election campaign in the swing states - and how often the candidates showed up in the contested states. In Ohio and Florida - you definitely have to win one of the two states to become president (preferably both, of course), where the Romney campaign invested more than the Obama camp. In Virginia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina as well. (mh)

20:35 Our reporter in New York, Eva Schweitzer, just got a message from a Facebook friend: All of his friends in Philadelphia could only vote temporarily because they were not on the registration list of their polling station. This is because many polling stations were set up at different addresses than originally announced. Advice: Do not accept provisional ballot papers as these will only be counted if the election is challenged. Instead, insist on being given the address of the correct polling station. (esch)

20:26 Dark words in the current lead of the New York Times: "With their vote, the voters end a painful, expensive election campaign in which the candidates, parties and financially strong groups have spent around 2.6 billion dollars." (Mh)

20:18 Directional decision? No way, says a certain congressman named Ron Paul. The Texas man finds both candidates Big Government represent and he calls to write his name on the ballot. Here's a prediction: Paul won't be the next president. (esch)

20:09 In the home village of Barack Obama's father in Kenya, many are hoping for another victory for the incumbent. Obama also receives spiritual support: a medicine man prophesies that he will win. (mh)

20:05 Where do voters have to wait longest in line to cast their votes? A crowdsourcing project tries to provide an overview. Oklahoma is currently ahead. (kpm)

19:56 CNN came up with something big to visualize the election results. The TV station has taken over the lighting of the Empire State Building: At the top of the skyscraper, a blue bar is supposed to show Obama's share of the vote, next to it a red bar for Romney. (mh)

19:46 Despite all the tension, it may well be that we won't find out tonight who the next president will be. In Ohio, an important one Battleground State, the count will likely take longer because the "makeshift ballots" need to be counted. These are ballot papers that are filled out by voters whose registration or ID is not recognized, or who have applied for a postal vote but have not sent it because of Sandy, or votes that were only cast after the official end of the election (because of the long Snakes). The lawyers will still have a lot to do. (esch)

19:40 Incidentally, this video is currently spreading rapidly on the Internet:

It is supposed to show how an election machine persistently blocks itself against Obama being elected. Of course, the authenticity of the video cannot be checked from here. (mh)

19:30 Roger Black is a well-known designer who has worked for news media outlets such as Newsweek and MSNBC. In a blog post he explains why Romney will lose the election: Because his R-shaped logo was bad and because Romney even copied the typography of the Obama campaign instead of using his own font to distinguish himself from Obama. “Given Washington’s major structural problems the choice of font and logo may seem unimportant, ”writes Roger Black,“ in a choice that threatens to run out so tight, this bad branding could have been decisive. ”(wb)

19:25 Shift change in the ZEIT ONLINE editorial team. Markus Horeld (mh) is now in charge of the blog. Thanks to the previous authors: Carsten Luther (lu), Karin Geil (kg), Domenika Ahlrichs (da), Tilman Steffen (tst) Kai Biermann (kb).

18:58 Facebook also has an interactive map that shows the voter turnout. (tst)

18:50 ZEIT ONLINE reporter Eva Schweitzer gives an overview from New York: Mayor Bloomberg has already voted on the Upper East Side, where he lives. The uptown of Manhattan wasn't flooded either. The situation is different in coastal areas, in the Rockaways, Coney Island, the Lower East Side, parts of the Bronx, Staten Island, in the Hudson Valley and also in New Jersey. In some places there isn't even electricity, and it is needed because Americans either type on computer screens or use machines to choose where to pull levers. The state has set up emergency power generators, for example in Rockaway, where people vote in a (heated) tent.

A completely new system is being tested elsewhere: ballot papers made of paper. This “paper ballot” is filled out and scanned into a voting machine. Randy Harter, a retiree from Westchester County, said that New York Timesthat it took him 45 minutes because the scanning machine kept clogging. Finally he got an envelope and folded his ballot paper into it. (tst)

18:39 Last minute election campaign: Vice President Biden surprisingly landed in Cleveland, the second largest city in the highly competitive US state of Ohio. Romney and Ryan were there today too. (tst)

18:32 Obama mobilized via TV interview - and by phone. ABC News watched him inspire election workers to excel (tst)

18:27 Crucial swing states: In an interactive matrix of the NYT you can see by mouseover which states the two opponents have to win in order to become or remain president (tst)

18:10 It is well known what tasks the election winner is faced with: debts, unemployment, the Middle East - the list is long. But it's much more exciting: What does the loser do? Can Obama do anything else as President? And would Romney just retire? The colleagues at Foreign Policy have given both of them some thought.

Her suggestions for Romney: 1st President of the International Olympic Committee, 2nd Obama's Special Envoy for Renewable Energy, 3rd US Ambassador to Israel, 4th Head of Mormon Church Humanitarian Activities, 5th Presidential Candidate.

And for Obama: 1. run for president again in 2016, 2. earn the Nobel Peace Prize as a Middle East mediator, 3. write a book again, 4. continue the war on terror as CIA director, 5. play basketball in Europe . (lu)

18:05 “A long election campaign with twists, turns and slips”: Der Guardian helps with a cartoon story to pass the time until the first results. (tst)

17:33 For friends of numbers, data and analysis: The US statistician and author Nate Silver works with the NYT a blog in which one can delve deeper into the search for background information. Silver gives Obama a 91.6 percent chance of winning. For the last election, Silver was correct with his prognosis. (tst)

Voting at the Toledo Police Museum polling station in Toledo, Ohio

17:20 Obama congratulates his challenger Romney on a visit to a campaign office on a “spirited election campaign”. "I know that his followers are just as committed and just as enthusiastic and work just as hard today." (Tst)

17:18 Delays are known in some parts of New York and New Jersey that were hit by Storm Sandy. Election workers in an unheated tent in the Queens borough of New York struggle with the generator for half an hour until it runs. (tst)

17:01 While Romney is mobilizing voters at events in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Obama is using the internet. (tst)

16:59 There is a US oracle, the American version of Paul the octopus, so to speak: the so-called Redskin Rule. It says that whenever the Washington Redskins footballers win their last game before the election, the incumbent president's party will stay in power. There was only one exception in 18 elections, and that was controversial. And current? Well, the Redskins lost on Sunday ... (there)

16:43 Here again our list of tweeting journalists, slightly updated. (tst)

16:25 Romney is on his way back to Ohio after the vote. He also wants to go to Pennsylvania. (tst)

16:23 In order for the election to run as smoothly as possible, citizens are required to report anything suspicious. In the meantime, the network offers at least tech-savvy voters many opportunities to make their experiences directly public and thus to become election observers themselves. Eike Kühl summarized this in the Netzfilmblog. (tst)

16:20 The 115-year-old miracle healer Dimo ​​from Kogelo in Kenya, the village where Barack Obama's ancestors came from, uses an old rite to predict Obama's election victory. (tst)

16:17 Many states use election day to hold various referenda. A total of 176 referendums were called in 38 states. The most important: In Maine, Maryland and Washington State, the question is whether same-sex marriage should be introduced there. In Minnesota, however, voters should decide whether a ban on gay marriage should be included in the state constitution. In California, the death penalty could be lifted with a referendum. In Oregon, Colorado and Washington there is a vote on whether hashish and marijuana will be released for private consumption. Medical marijuana could be allowed in Arkansas. (kpm)