After two years of stump speeches, gaffes, attack ads, and discretionary spending graphs, the presidential election is finally here. The Atlantic Wire liveblogged election night with news and photos and GIFs. Relive the night here.
2:45a.m.: Highlights: Mitt Romney started the night saying he didn't write a concession speech. Drudge got nervous over exit polls. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly lamented the decline of the white establishment. Romney's options quickly narrowed, and Fox hosts got sad. Then they confronted their own vote counters when Ohio was called for Obama in a dramatic trip out of the studio and through the network's hallways. The nerds would not budge.
And Obama ended the night with a 2008-esque speech, saying, "We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America."
2:16a.m.: What Obama's speech looked like, in GIFs.
On long lines to vote: "And by the way, we need to fix that."
On the rest of America falling in love with Michelle:
"What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth, the belief that our destiny is shared -- (cheers, applause) -- that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations, so that the freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great."