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President Obama and his family take the stage for his acceptance speech.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Olivier Douliery / Abaca Press

President Obama delivers his victory speech at Chicago's McCormick Place.

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President Obama and family arrive on stage after his reelection.


Mitt Romney and wife Ann wave to supporters at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Michelle Zielinski, center, hugs Jared Goudsmit after President Obama was projected to win during an election party at Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Eulitt / Kansas City Star

The pro-Romney crowd reacts at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center as Fox News calls the race for Obama.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Republicans Carole Cole, left, of Tustin, closes her eyes and turns away from the television and Karen Jerpseth, center, of Mission Viejo, weeps after hearing the news that President Barack Obama won the state of Ohio, thereby ensuring his re-election during an election night party' at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Dozens of people celebrate at Tollivers Barber Shop as it's announced that President Obama won the key battleground state of Ohio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Supporters of President Obama react to election returns at a party sponsored by the Democratic Party of Georgia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Erik S. Lesser / European Pressphoto Agency

A somber night for Romney supporters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

Vivian Leon embraces daughter Ashley Lomelin upon hearing that President Obama won reelection.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Supporters of President Obama cheer after networks project his win.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

An Obama supporter attends the election night party at McCormick Place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Romney backers react while watching televised election results in Boston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

The pro-Romney crowd watches quietly.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthew Cavanaugh / Getty Images

An Obama supporter at McCormick Place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Voters cast their ballots at the Los Angeles Wedding Chapel in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Maurice Prince, 96, adjusts her wheelchair before entering the third polling station of the day. Prince has worked at polling stations every election for the last 50 years. This year she signed up to volunteer, but was turned away at each site she visited.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times

While voters mark their ballots, Janet Allen folds her clean clothes at Super Suds laundry in Long Beach. Allen said she mailed in her ballot a couple of weeks ago and was surprised to see dozens of people lined up to get their voting material.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Voters cast their ballots as swimmers take laps at the Echo Park Pool in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Voters mark their ballots as pinatas watch over them at Alin Party Supply in Lakewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Voter Jim Fennessy casts his ballot at a polling site at a private home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Mary Lee votes at the Neptune Society Columbarium in San Francisco. The Neoclassical columbarium, built in 1898, is one of the last in San Francisco.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric Risberg / Associated Press

Ben Ballance of Denver walks past a pair of painted mailboxes in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marc Piscotty / Getty Images

Voters cast their ballots in a polling station inside the Latin American Motorcycle Assn. Hall in Chicago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Delay / Associated Press

A voter casts a ballot at the Hocking Valley Sportsman Club polling location in Athens.


A fire station serves as a polling place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

Voters line up outside a polling place at the Cetacean Society building on Point Fermin in L.A.'s San Pedro neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Voters are reflected in the window of a Manhattan Beach polling location.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Mike Wigart, left, casts his ballot at a polling station in the garage of the Los Angeles County lifeguard headquarters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

Nina Bush reacts as she finishes voting at a polling site at the Toledo Police Museum.


Kezia Gipson, 3, waits with her grandparents in a line of voters at the International Longshoreman's Assn. office.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald

Poll workers Matt Moore, left, and Keith Cain run to make sure voting machines don't fall as Prabhakar Mantena trips over a cord after voting at the Oxford Conference Center.


Chris Holifield votes at the Krishna Temple polling station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

Voters in Somerville, Mass. a suburb of Boston, wait up to two hours to vote on a cold morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, cast their ballots at Beech Street Center near Boston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

President Obama calls a volunteer from a campaign office.


California Gov. Jerry Brown goes to turn in his completed ballot at a fire station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Rep. Janice Hahn greets Rosemary Mossbarger, right, at the Little Sisters of the Poor auditorium in L.A.'s San Pedro neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Rep. Brad Sherman watches as his wife Lisa gets an "I voted" sticker at a polling station at Horace Heidt Estates in L.A.'s Sherman Oaks neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Alan Jackson, center, candidate for Los Angeles County district attorney, prepares to drop off his ballot after voting at Blair High School.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Election inspector Jim Nodorft unfurls an American flag outside the Smelser Town hall as the polls opened at 7 a.m.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Hirsch / Getty Images North America

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