The conservative polling group Resurgent Republic is out with a great new graphic this morning breaking down turnout among key demographic groups in the 2012 election.
The chart, better than about anything else we've seen, shows why President Obama won reelection so handily.
And in the face of what appeared to be a Democratic enthusiasm gap, no less.
President Obama has hit the road to make his case to voters on his plan to avert the "fiscal cliff," in hopes that they will lean on their members of Congress to support a deal.
But while Republicans writ large have sounded a more conciliatory tone since their election loss a month ago, we know little about what House Republicans are thinking right now.
Social issues worked in President Obama's favor on Election Day -- the same day that multiple states voted for the first time to legalize both gay marriage and recreational marijuana.
And that confluence has some suggesting the country is shifting to the left on social issues.
But it's really too early to say that.
Call it irony or call it coincidence: Mitt Romney's share of the popular vote in the 2012 presidential race is very likely to be 47 percent.
Romney's campaign, of course, was doomed in large part by comments made on a hidden camera in which he suggested that 47 percent of the country was so reliant on government services that those people would never vote for him.
The L-word is quietly working its way back into the political lexicon.
The number of voters identifying themselves as "liberal" jumped three points on Election Day, from 22 percent in 2008 to 25 percent this year. That's the highest that number has been since at least 1976, according to exit polls.
The term "liberal" has long been somewhat of a pejorative in American politics -- or at least been less popular than the alternative.
There remains quite a bit of chatter about something we posted on last week: House Democrats winning more of the popular vote than Republicans, yet still remaining in the minority.
It turns out this has happened at least four other times in the last century, including as recently as 1996 -- another election after a big GOP wave in which Democrats won the popular vote but failed to gain a lot of seats. (Actually that year is pretty analogous for a lot of reasons, including a Democratic president being reelected and Democrats winning right around 200 seats.)
Last Tuesday's election was a watershed moment for the gay marriage movement. Voters in three states voted to legalize it -- something no state had done before -- and a fourth state voted against a proposed ban.
And if the movement catches on in other states, African Americans and Latinos will be a big reason why.
Conservative firebrand Rep. Allen B. West (R-Fla.) appears to have lost his reelection bid, with final vote totals in the state's new 18th Congressional District showing him trailing by more than 2,000 votes.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Patrick Murphy leads West by 2,442 votes -- 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent. That is outside the margin (0.5 percent) for a computer recount.
The last state in the 2012 presidential race has been called, with the Associated Press projecting that Florida will go narrowly for President Obama.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Obama leads Romney by nearly a full point, 50.0 percent to 49.1 percent. (Full election results here.) Had the margin been within half a percentage point, it would have triggered a computer recount.
President Obama was reelected on Tuesday, but he won by significantly smaller margins across the entire country -- except for a handful of places.
One of those places just happens to be the Eastern part of New Jersey, which was rocked by Hurricane Sandy a week before the election.
Voters up and down the counties along the Jersey Shore and in the New York City area voted for Obama by more than they voted for him in 2008. Obama did better in 2012 in Ocean County, Middlesex County, Union County and Passaic County, along with nearby Richmond County, N.Y. -- a.k.a. Staten Island.
Democratic House candidates appear to have won more of the popular vote than their Republican counterparts on Tuesday, despite what looks as though it will be a 35-seat GOP majority.
According to numbers compiled by the Post's great Dan Keating, Democrats have won roughly 48.8 percent of the House vote, compared to 48.47 percent for Republicans.
We saw lots of firsts in the 2012 election, with most of them having to do with the religion, sexual orientation and gender of winning candidates.
Below are the ones we have cobbled together.What did we miss? The comments section awaits. (And we will include the best ones in future updates.)
First president since Great Depression to be reelected with unemployment rate above 7.2 percent: Barack Obama
Two days after a wholly disappointing election for the National Republican Senatorial Committee that saw the party not only fail to gain the majority but actually lose seats, a soul-searching of how it happened has begun.
The blame, as it often is, has been thrust on the candidates.And, at least in this case, for good reason. After all, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin essentially gave away seats with their comments on rape and pregnancy.
Election Day, as it usually is, was a good day to be an incumbent.
The president was reelected, only one incumbent senator was defeated, and only about two dozen House incumbents will not be returning.
In fact, most House incumbents who lost on Tuesday lost in large part because their district boundaries were drawn in redistricting to be tougher. In fact, more than two-thirds (15 of 22) of confirmed losers in the House were drawn significantly more difficult districts and were considered top targets because of it. Four districts were bound to feature an incumbent loss because two incumbents were put into the same district.
Updated at 10:10 p.m.
Former Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne (R) will face former state senator Maggie Hassen (D) in the open New Hampshire governor’s race after both sailed to primary wins Tuesday.
Lamontagne, an attorney who lost a 2010 Senate primary to now-Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and was also the state GOP’s gubernatorial nominee in 1996, easily dispatched former state representative Kevin Smith, taking 69 percent of the vote with 53 percent of precincts reporting.
Embattled Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has easily survived a primary scare, winning a rematch of his 2010 primary and setting the stage for a marquee House race this fall.
With 74 percent of precincts reporting, Cicilline led businessman Anthony Gemma 61 percent to 31 percent. In the general election, he will faceformer state police superintendent Brendan Doherty, who was unopposed for the GOP nomination.
As Democrats gathered for the final night of their national convention in Charlotte on Thursday, the first family of the Democratic Party took another step toward returning to Congress.
Joe Kennedy III easily won his congressional primary Thursday in Massachusetts.
The 31-year-old son of former congressman Joe Kennedy II and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy had a huge financial advantage over two lesser-known opponents and easily grabbed more than 90 percent of the vote. He is a heavy favorite to succeed retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in a strongly Democratic district.
Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) defeated fellow freshman Republican Rep. Ben Quayle Tuesday, bringing to an end one of the cycle’s most heated member-versus-memberprimaries.
With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Schweikert led Quayle 53 percent to 47 percent, according to the Associated Press, which called the race for Schweikert.
Rep. Jeff Flake won Arizonas Republican Senate primary Tuesday, easily defeating self-funded businessman Wil Cardon. He will face former surgeon general Richard Carmona in the general election.
In other important races held Tuesday, Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) defeated fellow freshman Republican Rep. Ben Quayle whileRepublican Rep. Paul Gosar turned back a challenge from Ron Gould, a state legislator backed by the Washington based anti-tax group Club For Growth.
Former congressional aide Richard Hudson won the Republican primary runoff to face Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) on Tuesday, overcoming a conservative outsider candidate who was backed by the Club for Growth.
With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Hudson led dentist Scott Keadle 64 percent to 36 percent. The AP has called the race for Hudson.
Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) became the latest incumbent to lose a primary on Tuesday, falling to tea party-backed Jim Bridenstine.
Sullivan survived a 2010 primary after taking time away from Congress, citing his “addiction to alcohol.” On Tuesday, he lost narrowly amidst a spirited — if under-funded — challenge from Bridenstine, a Navy pilot who raised less than $300,000 for the race.
With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Bridenstine led Sullivan 54 percent to 46 percent. AP has called the race for Bridenstine.
Updated at 11:53 p.m.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has won the Democratic nomination in his Harlem-based district, paving the way for a 22nd term in Congress as he turned aside a crowded primary field Tuesday.
With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Rangel led state Sen. Adriano Espaillat 45 percent to 40 percent. The AP has called the race for Rangel.
In his victory, Rangel overcomes both health problems that had some speculating he was on his deathbed and a district that took in plenty of Latino territory in redistricting. It’s the second-straight election in which he has withstood a competitive primary.
Also in New York City, New York state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries easily turned aside primary opponent and controversial New York City Councilman Charles Barron on Tuesday and is a shoo-in to replace retiring Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.) in November.
Updated at 11:23 p.m.
Horry County Councilman Tom Rice, who got the late backing of Gov. Nikki Haley (R) in the GOP primary runoff in South Carolina’s new 7th district, defeated former lieutenant governor Andre Bauer for the GOP nomination Tuesday.
Rice’s victory comes just days after Haley got involved in the race. Bauer ran in the same GOP governor primary that Haley won in 2010, and it’s clear that bad blood remains between the two.
Rice led Bauer 56 percent to 44 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting.
Updated at 11:49 p.m.
The two major parties chose their candidates for Maine’s open Senate seat, but in this unusual race, both will face an uphill battle against popular former governor Angus King, an independent.
State Sen. Cynthia Dill beat former Maine secretary of state Matthew Dunlap and two other candidates in the Democratic primary. She ran as a progressive Democrat fighting Gov. Paul LePage (R).
On the GOP side, current Secretary of State Charles Summers beat out state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and four others. Poliquin ran to the right of Summers and lost despite outraising his rival and getting help from the outside group FreedomWorks.
It’s primary day — again!
Voters in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia are heading to the primary polls as we speak, while Arizona voters will pick a replacement for former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) and Arkansas voters will vote in a runoff.
With so many races on the ballot, here are five things to keep an eye on...
1. Arizona special election: What’s the margin?
Republicans are quietly expressing pessimism about the Giffords race, where GOP nominee Jesse Kelly has had some troubles trying to win a Republican-leaning district. But even if he loses, the margin matters.
Updated at 12:14 a.m.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) defeated Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) in their primary Tuesday, scoring a big victory in a new district after the two incumbents’ districts were combined under the state’s new redistricting map.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Pascrell led Rothman 60 percent to 40 percent.
Pascrell had the endorsement of former president Bill Clinton, while Rothman got the late backing of President Obama. It is one of several races this cycle pitting a supporter of Hillary Clinton against an Obama supporter, but the first in which Obama himself has gotten involved.
Updated at 12:20 a.m.
President Obama lost more than 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Arkansas and Kentucky Democratic primaries, despite little-to-no opposition.
Obama lost 42 percent of the vote to the “uncommitted” option in Kentucky and more than 40 percent to little-known attorney John Wolfe in Arkansas — the latest example of the incumbent president failing to win significant shares of votes in uncompetitive contests.
But it’s not the first time the president has taken less than 60 percent of the vote in a primary this year.
Iraq veteran Jesse Kelly won the Republican nomination in the special election for former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’s (D-Ariz.) seat on Tuesday and will face former Giffords aide Ron Barber (D) in the June 12 race.
Kelly, who fell to Giffords by about 4,000 votes in 2010, turned aside a field of opponents that included state Sen. Frank Antenori, broadcaster Dave Sitton and former Air Force pilot Martha McSally.
Mitt Romney has won the Wyoming caucuses, according to results released Wednesday by the state Republican Party.
The final results from the caucuses, which were held at various points over the last three weeks, show Romney winning the presidential preference straw poll portion with 39 percent of the vote, compared to 32 percent for Rick Santorum, 21 percent for Ron Paul and 8 percent for Newt Gingrich.