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It was a big night for women in office.


Sen. Claire McCaskill (D)  defeated  Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) (Jeff Roberson -- AP)

 


Elizabeth Warren (D) beat Sen. Scott Brown (R) in Massachusetts (Gretchen Ertl -- Reuters)

Particularly openly gay women in office.


U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) became the first openly gay U.S. senator. (Andy Manis -- AP)

But not so much for men who made rape, pregnancy and abortion campaign talking points:


Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin lost in Missouri. (Sarah Conard -- Reuters)

 


Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock was defeated in Indiana. (Aaron P. Bernstein -- AP)

Hispanic voters came out to vote (mostly for President Obama):


Mariachi musicians play serenades to encourage people to vote.  (Joe Klamar -- AFP)

So did House Speaker John Boehner (helping the Republican Party keep the House):


Looks like Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will keep his gavel. (Al Behrman -- AP)

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated, especially in Maryland, Maine and Minnesota:


Partygoers in Baltimore react to Maryland's acceptance of same-sex marriage.  (Patrick Semansky -- AP)

As did marijuana fans (in Colorado and Washington state, at least):


People attend an Amendment 64 watch party in Colorado. (Brennan Linsley -- AP)

There was a spontaneous party in front of the White House:


Celebrants  chant "four more years" outside the White House. (Michael Reynolds -- EPA)

And the Empire State Building changed colors:


(Mehdi Taamallah -- AFP/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga was ... excited:

  Donald Trump, less so:

 

After a gracious concession from Mitt Romney:


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney concedes. (Mike Segar -- Reuters)

Four more years.


President  Obama celebrates his reelection in Chicago. (Shawn Thew -- EPA)

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