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Party clearing out rapidly in Independence. Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost upset FOX News called race for President Obama; thinks it’s too soon. However, crowd is leaving, people hugging.
You can hear crickets at the republican party in downtown Columbus now …
Barack Obama has been re-elected into a second term as President of the United States of America, Fox News projects.
Fox News calls Ohio for Obama.
“We left it all on the field. We fought we integrity, but I’ll be back and fight again.” Josh Mandel on his defeat to Senator Sherrod Brown. -Gabe
Mandel said, “I called Sherrod Brown and congratulated him on his victory. I have great respect for him as a leader.” -Gabe
Josh Mandel thanked his wife and family for being by his side tonight. He said he will continue the fight and you haven’t heard the last from him. — Gabe Spiegel
Republican “Joe the Plumber” has lost to veteran Democrat Marcy Kaptur for a U.S. House seat in Ohio’s 9th District. http://fox8.com/2012/11/06/joe-the-plumber-loses-to-marcy-kaptur/
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Ohio still “too close to call”, per FOX News. Fewer than 100,000 separate Obama and Romney. People wait, patiently, at the Romney headquarters in Independence.
Crowd cheers as Sherrod Brown’s wife takes over victory speech when his voice gives out. “I can’t believe I’m reading somebody else’s writing,” Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, joked.
Sherrod Brown in victory speech: “This race was about the resurgence in Ohio manufacturing.”
UPDATE: 9:14 p.m. EDT — President Obama will win the swing state of New Hampshire and its four electoral votes, CNN projects. He also won the state in 2008.
Don’t miss our action-packed hour of news that’s on TV right now. Oh yes, we’re also doing a competition-crushing 11 p.m. show tonight, too.
Kevin Freeman shares this picture of the media all lined up at the dems’ party in Columbus.
BREAKING NEWS!! FOX NEWS reporting Sherrod Brown has won. — Gabe
Presidential Race: Mitt Romney will win Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming; President Barack Obama will take Michigan, New Jersey and New York, CNN projects.
Crowd cheers as FOX News calls for Republicans to retain control of U.S. House of Representatives. They also just voted (by applause) to turn down the music and turn up the television.
“Issue 2 is going down… not official… but nearly.” — Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett. Gabe
Romney left Cleveland today and went to Pittsburgh for a final rally in PA. Some repubs thought it was “in play” even though heavy for dems for a long time, but Obama just won it…
1st BIG announcement coming in moments … in the republican ballroom in Columbus. They’re teasing us! Therefore I tease you. Stay tuned… — Gabe Spiegel
OHIO SENATE RACE UPDATE: With nearly 20 percent of precincts reporting, Sherrod Brown pulls in 1,148,543 votes (52.63%) to Josh Mandel’s 935,092 (42.85%).
With 11-percent of the precincts reporting, Sherrod Brown is leading Josh Mandel 50-44%… but it’s still early. — Gabe Spiegel
Jane Platten, Director of Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, tweeted that results are coming fast. Between you and me, Obama will win the county because Dems outnumber Repubs 3-to-1.
I’ve worked a lot of these election nights and it’s fun to think back… In 2008 and 2004, I was working in Rhode Island. But in 2000, I was covering the Summit County Board of Elections as an associate producer at….Yes….FOX 8 News! For the record, I was in college in 1996.
Kevin Freeman says the Rev. Jesse Jackson is at the Democratic HQ in Columbus. Jackson called Sen. Sherrod Brown one of the best senators there is right now and predicted a Barack Obama win.
Obama supporters happy about today’s nice weather and credit it for getting so many people to the polls
Democrats are trickling in here at the Double Tree in Cleveland for the watch party. People encouraged by the numbers in Ohio. Although Romney has 2x as many counties the President has thousands more votes
Sen Rob Portman thanking crowd via Skype. Thanking volunteers for hard work and warning of consequences of Romney/Ryan loss.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett — “his connections are invaluable.” -Senator Portman.
Senator Rob Portman speaking now … he’s excited for a Romney victory.
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Check out what our anchors have to say about the pulse of Election Night…
Gov. Kasich addressing crowd in Independence and thanking them for support. Just said, “we’re in for a long night…”
New numbers from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections: Obama — 176,162 and Romney — 72,135. I’m assuming these are the early-vote totals, because 0% reporting.
This is the scene in Independence, where the Cuyahoga County Republican Party has set up shop for the night.
Results of the Brown/Mandel Senate race, fueled by attack ads and testy debates, are starting to come in …
Now we’re in business! The crowd is gathering in Independence for the Cuyahoga County Republican Party…party. LIVE UPDATE around 8:20 on FOX 8 News.
With polls closing across the U.S., CNN has projected winners for many states. Get state-by-state, real-time presidential results here: http://fox8.com/2012/11/06/results-of-presidential-race/
Republican party grows in Columbus. Program begins officially at 8 p.m. featuring Kasich, Portman and Mandel.
We are hearing there are some problems at a polling station in Columbia Station..
We are checking into it
President Barack Obama participated in an election day ritual today..he played basketball with his friends. Only once has he didn’t not played ball and he lost that primary. So today it was nothing but net
I just spoke with Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor and co-chair of Romney-Ohio, and he’s cautiously optimistic about a Romney victory. He thinks it’s going to be close, but Romney will carry the Buckeye State. — Gabe Spiegel
Suzanne Stratford here at the Democratic Party HQ watch party in Cuyahoga County at the Double Tree in Cleveland. 350 people are expected to be here for what could be a nail biter
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We just got some new sound with Governor Romney in Richmond Heights. We’ll have it for you at 7, live from Independence.
Slow and steady. People are showing up at the Romney headquarters in Independence, but most of the “big players” will be in Columbus with my friend Gabe Spiegel.
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel just arrived at the GOP Headquarters in downtown Columbus.
— Gabe Spiegel
Fox 8′s Bill Sheil is keeping an eye on the situation at the Cuyahoga County Board of elections tonight. Bill just sent us this picture of employees scanning mail-in ballots at the Board of Elections.
Just talked to communications director for Cuyahoga County GOP. This is VERY preliminary, but they’re seeing slightly lower turnout in the city but more people (republicans) in the suburbs.
Fox 8’s Mark Zinni getting ready to bring you a LIVE update from the Cuyahoga County Republican Headquarters’ event in Independence tonight.
The party here at the Republican Headquarters in downtown Columbus will get started around 8 p.m. Governor Kasich, Senator Rob Portman and other dignitaries will speak. State Auditor Dave Yost will host.
We just talked with Josh Mandel in Hilliard, we’re working on bringing you that sound at 6 p.m.
That’s FOX 8 News photographer Dave Bradford setting up for You Decide 2012!
Okay folks, here we go! I’m live all night with the Cuyahoga County Republican Party in Independence. Right now, we’re just gettin’ goin’ and they’re setting up the room. Live shot again at 5:30.