Happy post-Election Day. Or welcome to your 12th cup of coffee if you're still waiting to see how Florida voted for president. (Since it was a relatively early election night, we hope you were able to get some sleep in.)
President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from minorities, women and moderates to win re-election Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states.
“While the road has been hard, while the journey has been long … we know in our hearts, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” Obama told supporters in Chicago early Wednesday.
If you did decide to call it an early night and head to bed after the presidential race was called, look no further. You can watch his victory speech here:
And if you didn't get a chance to see how Romney handled defeat, we've got that for you, too.
And while Obama was the main feature Tuesday night, there were plenty of other big or exciting races and initiatives around the country.
Congress didn't change dramatically. Republicans kept control of the House of Representatives, Democrats retained control of the Senate, and Republicans expanded their majority in governors' mansions. Other big winners? Marijuana and same-sex marriage. Two states voted to legalize marijuana, and for the first time, same-sex marriage has been approved by a popular vote in the United States. Voters in Maryland and Maine passed referendums by narrow margins cementing the right for people to marry, regardless of gender.
Go ahead, take all that in. Enjoy this quiet moment of reflection on the campaign, how this road meandered on the way to Obama's re-election and how it slipped away from Romney. No, really, take it in. Because while the election is over, the strategizing is likely just beginning and the analysts are still opining. After all, the president still has a long list of things to accomplish in the years ahead.
To help you get your head around it a bit, here's a quick look at how our analysts and columnists are reflecting on why the campaign went the way it did and what it all means.