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Talking to supporters at a campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Romney was complimentary of Obama and said Romney volunteers “don't mean to be disparaging of the other guy. The president has run a strong campaign, I believe he is a good man and wish him well, and his family well. He is a good father and has been a good example of a good father, but it is time for a new direction. It is a time for a better tomorrow."
"We're seeing great turnout across the board" - every Republican and Democrat everywhere
In today's CNN Gut Check: a timeline of what to expect tonight, starting at 5 p.m. -- just under an hour from now. www.cnn.com/gutcheck
New Jersey extends online voting: New Jersey voters who were approved to vote online will now have until Friday at at 8 p.m. ET to submit email and fax ballots under an Executive Order signed by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. Voters who want to vote electronically must submit an application to do so by today at 5 p.m. ET. -- from CNN's Stephanie Gallman.
Romney adviser Ed Gillespie predicts on CNN that Romney will secure at least 300 electoral votes tonight.
"I don't anticipate it being close," Gillespie told Wolf Blitzer. "I don't think there's going to be a lot of lawyering."
BREAKING: NJ voters approved to vote online will until 8p Fri to submit email and fax ballots. Voters must apply by 5p today
President Obama has finished playing basketball, and his motorcade is now rolling.
Gillespie drops the "collar counties" bomb on CNN. cc: @RealClearScott
What's Mitt Romney's Election Day ritual? Ed Gillespie said the GOP nominee likes to spend time with wife Ann and their kids.
As for any speech prep, Gillespie said the Romney team was "Feeling confident talking to you tonight that we'll only need one speech."
At what point tonight do the fundraising emails from 3rd party political groups stop? Maybe never.
From CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar: President Obama and the first lady will watch returns come in from their home in the Hyde Park - Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago with close friends and family, then go to the Fairmont Hotel (where senior staff are staying) at some point, according to an Obama campaign official. They'll later go to McCormick Place for the election night rally.
Here's what Obama aides say their data shows them: turnout high everywhere, no romney surge, no surprises, afr am turnout up in PA and VA.
Love Clyde! MT: @kctucker don't forget to give a shout out to those working behind the scenes tonight! #clydetucker is the coolest dad!!
Cheers from Romney's section of his charter as it departed Pittsburgh. He and staff realized it was the last flight of the campaign.
CNN's Dana Bash is watching the balance of power and previews some of the Senate races to keep an eye on tonight: out of Indiana, the Donnelly-Mourdock race and in Massachusetts, the Brown-Warren race.
CNN's Randi Kaye reports that in one Virginia town, Obama was listed on ballots as the Republican presidential candidate.
My GOP sources who know OH are telling me turnout is equal to and greater than Bush 2004...
CNN's Randi Kaye reports that Virginia elections officials say turnout in today's election is higher than in 2008.
CNN's Ali Velshi reports qualified New Jersey voters who have been displaced by Superstorm Sandy can vote online through e-mail or fax until Friday. Nov. 9. Voters who wanted to vote electronically would have had to submit an application by today at 5pm EST.
Coming up this hour in the CNN Election Center: the first exit polls from around the country. We'll have updates here.
Obama was on the winning team during his basketball game today, an Election Day tradition for the president. Also on his team was Alexi Giannoulias, former Illinois state treasurer and 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee. Giannoulias told pool reporters traveling with Obama that the game consisted of two five-player teams that played four 12-minute quarters. Referees were brought in to call fouls, and each team had substitutes.
Giannoulias said the president’s team, which also included former Chicago Bulls start Scottie Pippen, won by “like 20” points. The other team included Education Secretary Arne Duncan, former NBA player Randy Brown, and close Obama friend Marty Nesbitt.
“It was a lot of fun,” Giannoulias said. “We won. I scored more points than Scottie Pippen, which was my dream come true.”
Romney has written one set of remarks for tonight: a 1,118 word victory speech, CNN's Rachel Streitfeld reports. He told reporters on his airplane that he will share the speech with some advisers and family. Romney spoke while flying from Pennsylvania to Boston to watch returns and for his election night party.
Will seniors, who went for Bush by 5 and McCain by 8, be 16% of voters like in '08, or higher?
CNN's Candy Crowley's insight on victory and concession speeches: "If they were working on a concession speech, I don't think they'd tell us." And sometimes, she says, those concession speeches have been drafted at the last minute.
Will the black vote again stay at its 2008 level of 13% of all voters, or drop back to its typical 10-11% level?
Will the 18-29 yr old vote match 18% of voters in 08, or drop to its usual 17% level?
Romney on final plane avail: "I feel we have put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room. We fought to the very end."
On this day in 1900, Teddy Roosevelt elected as McKinley's VP; 10 months later, he assumed the presidency