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.
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.
Could Wednesday's nor'easter be hurting Mitt Romney politically? Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert expressed his worry on "The Colbert Report" Thursday night.
"I'm afraid that this new storm could hurt Romney'smomentum," Colbert said. "It could slow him down. I mean, he already lost the election -- that can't help him. But of course Florida is still being counted."
Watch the full clip below.
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
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.
It's all over except for the shouting (and except where it's not over).
But did anything really surprise us on Tuesday? On the macro: Not really. Both chambers of Congress remained about as-is, and the presidency stayed with Barack Obama -- about like we had predicted.
But inside that big picture are a bunch of little Waldos that we thought were worth a closer look.
Updated at 4:26 p.m. to reflect Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock's (D) gubernatorial victory.
Earlier, we updated withHeidi Heitkamp's (D) win in the North Dakota Senate race, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) holding his seat, and Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) campaign saying he does not plan to concede his race.
Sunday's paper featured a detailed breakdown of the key races in all 50 states.
When John H. Sununu suggested Thursday night that Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because both are African American (he later backpedaled), he stoked controversy for what seemed like the umpteenth time this election cycle.
Sununu, a former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush, has been one of Mitt Romneys most active surrogates. Hes embraced the role of attack dog, lambasting Obama at every turn, from cable news interviews to conference calls with reporters. Along the way, his brash, outspoken manner has gotten him into some hot water. Heres a look back at some Sununu comments that have turned heads this election season.
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.
Voters head to the polls in Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma and Vermont today. Whats on tap: Another member-versus-member primary, a runoff to decide who the nominees to replace Oklahomas only congressional Democrat will be, and a Senate primary that was once potentially competitive, but no longer looks that way.
The Post’s Scott Wilson penned a provocative piece over the weekend that cast President Obama’s current political problems through the lens of his loner tendencies.
This president endures with little joy the small talk and back-slapping of retail politics, rarely spends more than a few minutes on a rope line, refuses to coddle even his biggest donors. His relationship with Democrats on Capitol Hill is frosty, to be generous. Personal lobbying on behalf of legislation? He prefers to leave that to Vice President Biden, an old-school political charmer.
Americans are in a historically bad mood.
The question for candidates — from President Obama and the men and women running to replace him all the way down to people seeking state and local office in 2012 — is how to you win elections in an era where people feel so dismal about politics?
In an apocalyptic web ad released on Wednesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry embraces the “grim is good” approach to politics and dubs Obama “President Zero” for the struggling economy and the lack of new jobs created by it.