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Election Night 2012: Reactions in Photos

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Late last night, as the outcome of the presidential election became clear, supporters of Barack Obama celebrated his victory, as his challenger, Republican nominee Mitt Romney, conceded the race and offered his congratulations. Obama won the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes, and took the electoral vote by 303 to 206. Supporters of both candidates rode an emotional rollercoaster last night as results were slowly reported, ending in disappointment for some, elation for others, as Barack Obama now heads into a second term as President of the United States. Collected here are images from yesterday's election, from here at home, and abroad. [41 photos]

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President Barack Obama at the election night party at McCormick Place in Chicago, on November 7, 2012. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in both the electoral vote and the popular vote. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama at the election night party at McCormick Place in Chicago, on November 7, 2012. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in both the electoral vote and the popular vote. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Indian kitemaker Jagmohan Kanojia displays miniature kites adorned with images re-elected US President Barack Obama in Amritsar, on on November 7, 2012. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images) #
In Beijing, China, people try out a mock polling station at a hotel during a US presidential election event organized by the US embassy, on November 7, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images) #
The media at work at US presidential candidate Mitt Romney's election night event in Boston, on November 6, 2012. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) #
Indian students react to results on television networks during an event organized by the U.S. embassy at the landmark Imperial Hotel in New Delhi, India, on November 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
South Koreans watch an election board in Seoul, South Korea, on November 7, 2012. South Koreans and Americans have been paying close attention to the U.S. presidential race between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) #
Romney supporter Merav Bader reacts as a state is called for President Barack Obama at an election night watch party at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 6, 2012. (David Becker/Getty Images) #
A cell phone, held front of a computer screen, displays Barack Obama's tweet in Paris, France, after his re-election as US president on November 7, 2012. Barack Obama brought his sophisticated social media campaign to an emotional climax, proclaiming his victory on Twitter and Facebook just as TV networks were breaking the news. The post was his most re-tweeted -- 472,000 shares in three hours -- according to Twitter's politics account @gov. It was also the most popular ever, topping a message from singer Justin Bieber, website BuzzFeed said. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images) #
People celebrate in front of the White House with a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama in Washington, on November 7, 2012. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Supporters of Barack Obama, Shauna Harry, left, and Alana Hearn, celebrate by leaping in the air at New York State Democratic Headquarters following Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) #
Butchers wash the sign of the butchery named "Maison Blanche" (White House), bearing a picture of Barack Obama in Port Bouet, a neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on November 7, 2012, in celebration of the re-election of US President Barack Obama. The sign reads "Welcome to the White House." (Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images) #
People celebrate after hearing that President Barack Obama is predicted to win the election in Burlington, Vermont, on November 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) #
The Empire State Building, bathed in blue light after Obama wins the presidential election on election night in New York City, on November 6, 2012. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images) #
Jon "Captain America" Angell salutes as Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney concedes the election to Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama at the Minnesota Republican election headquarters, on November 6, 2012, in Bloomington, Minnesota. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid) #
Empty chairs at a GOP watch party in Las Vegas, on November 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #
Japanese high-school students celebrate reports that President Barack Obama won the U.S. presidential election at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, on November 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) #
People celebrate in New York's Times Square as it is announced that President Obama has been re-elected, on November 6, 2012. (Mehdi Taamallah/AFP/Getty Images) #
Muslim students pose before a throng of photographers shortly after "voting" in a mock U.S. election at a shopping mall at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines, on November 7, 2012. Filipinos participated in a mock U.S. elections between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney which was organized by the U.S. Embassy in Manila. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
An American supporter of President Barack Obama, during a screening of U.S. election coverage organized at a restaurant over breakfast in Bangalore, India, on November 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) #
Spectators react to the election results displayed on large televisions during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 6, 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech during his election night rally in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 7, 2012. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney hugs Janna Ryan as his wife Ann Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan look on, during his election night rally in Boston, on November 7, 2012. (Reuters/Mike Segar) #
Nancy French, from Columbia, Tennessee, watches vote results displayed on a television screen during Mitt Romney's election night rally, on November 6, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, during his concession speech on election night November 7, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
Suporters of Mitt Romney react to results on election night in Boston Massachusetts, on November 6, 2012. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images) #
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, daughter, Liza Ryan, and wife, Janna Ryan embrace each other after Mitt Romney conceded the presidency at an election night event in Boston, on November 7, 2012. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leaves the podium after giving his concession speech in Boston, on November 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool) #
People read extra editions of newspapers reporting U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election in Tokyo, on November 7, 2012. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao) #
Indian sand artist Sudaran Pattnaik gives the final touches to his sand sculpture of re-elected US President Barack Obama at Golden Sea beach in Puri, about 65 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, on November 7, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Two women celebrate in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, following the re-election of President Barack Obama, on November 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) #
Students hold a poster of US President Barack Obama as they watch the US election vote counting at SDN 01 Menteng elementary school where Obama studied in Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 7, 2012. Obama attended the school when he was a child while living in the Southeast Asian nation. (AP Photo) #
People pose with a cutout of President Barack Obama during the Election Night Party following the U.S. Presidential Election, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Madrid, Spain, on November 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) #
Supporters of Barack Obama react to favorable media projections at McCormick Place, during an election night watch party in Chicago, on November 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) #
U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates with his wife Michelle, his Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's wife Jill, after winning the U.S. presidential election in Chicago, on November 7, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
People celebrate as they watch Barack Obama's acceptance speech broadcast live in Times Square following his re-election in New York, on November 7, 2012. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly) #
Barack Obama is embraced by First Lady Michelle Obama onstage, after winning the 2012 US presidential election in Chicago, on November 7, 2012. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) #
Supporters of President Barack Obama listen to his accpetance speech during a celebration at Grand Park after Obama was re-elected, in Los Angeles, California, on November 6, 2012. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) #
President Barack Obama speaks at his election night party in Chicago, on November 7, 2012. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) #
Confetti obscures the stage as Barack Obama celebrates winning the U.S. presidential election in Chicago, on November 7, 2012. (Reuters/Philip Andrews) #
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are showered with confetti after his acceptance speech in Chicago, on November 7, 2012. (Reuters/Philip Andrews) #
Barack Obama waves to supporters after winning a second term as President of the United States, in Chicago on November 7, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #

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