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CREATED Nov 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 7, 2012

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Day after Election Day

9:38 a.m.
Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of foggy, damp night stops Wisconsintes from voting. 70 percent of eligible voters did in the state on Tuesday. 

7:57 a.m.
The calls have come to unite America after this latest election.  Both Presidential candidates addressed them in their speeches.

Do you think it will happen?  Comment on our Facebook page.

7:56 a.m.
ABC's Sam Donaldson on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News": "Minorities and women brought (Obama) home."

6:59 a.m.
Yes, there is a Packers angle to this election.

Packers lineman T.J. Lang on Twitter this morning: "Congrats to Mr. President but did you really have to shatter my RT record? Back to the drawing board. "

6:17 a.m.
No, Paul Ryan will not be Vice President.  But he remains Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan after last night's election.

The State Senate also has converted to Republican majority again.

Why do you think Wisconsin has such a "red" tendency in more localized elections, but has voted "blue" in the last seven Presidential elections?  Comment on our Facebook page.

5:32 a.m.
"I thank our new Senator. I called her and congratulated her. Wasn't my first choice. But, she is our Senator and I wish her well." - Tommy Thompson

Read more about Tammy Baldwin's victory here - the first woman from Wisconsin to win a Senate seat and the first openly gay Senator.

5:25 a.m.
So what do Wisconsin voters want out of an Obama second term?  Our Nick Montes talked this morning with voters to get that answer.

4:58 a.m.
"You, the American people, reminded us that while the road has been hard, while the journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come." - President Barack Obama

1:25 a.m.
NBC News declares Barack Obama the projected winner in Virginia.

1:02 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans win back majority in Wis. Senate, move closer to full control of state government.

12:16 a.m
We have compiled some photos from the presidential and U.S. Senate race.

Election Day

11:57 p.m.
Mitt Romney says during concession speech he called Barack Obama to congratulate him on winning presidency.

11:12 p.m.
NBC News declares Barack Obama as the projected winner in Colorado. #NBCPolitics

11:08 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama wins Nevada.

10:52 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama wins Wisconsin, 10 electoral votes despite Rep. Ryan on GOP ticket

10:18 p.m.
NBC News declares Barack Obama as the projected winner of the Presidency of United States.

10:17 p.m
NBC News declares Barack Obama as the projected winner in Ohio. #NBCPolitics

10:03 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama wins CA, WA, HI; Romney wins ID

9:57 p.m.
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Rep. Paul Ryan wins eighth US House term in southeastern Wisconsin's 1st District

9:50 p.m.
NBC News declares Romney the projected winner in MO. #NBCPolitics

9:45 p.m.
NBC News declares Barack Obama the projected winner in Minnesota. #NBCPolitics

9:38 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Romney wins Arizona.

9:24 p.m.
NBC News declares Paul Ryan the projected winner in Wisconsin, Dist. 1. He wins re-election. #NBCPolitics

9:11 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Mark Pocan wins Madison-area US House race, keeping Baldwin's vacated seat with Democrats.

9:07 p.m.
NBC News declares Mitt Romney the projected winner in Utah and Montana. #NBCPolitics

8:54 p.m.
NBC News declares Barack Obama the projected winner in New Hampshire. #NBCPolitics

8:34 p.m.
NBC News declares Barack Obama the projected winner in Wisconsin. #NBCPolitics

8:21 p.m.
NBC News declares Barack Obama projected winner in Pennsylvania. #NBCPolitics

8:19 p.m.
NBC News projects that Republicans will retain control of the House. #NBCPolitics

8:18 p.m.
NBC News declares Barack Obama the projected winner in MI, NM, NJ, and NY.

8:16 p.m.
NBC News declares Mitt Romney the projected winner in KS, LA, NE, ND, SD, TX, and WY

7:48 p.m.
The Associated Press reports that Romney wins Alabama.

7:38 p.m.
The Associated Press reports that Romney wins Georgia.

7:32 p.m.
NBC News declares Mitt Romney the projected winner in Arkansas. #NBCPolitics

7:02 p.m.
The Associated Press reports that Barack Obama wins Illinois.

6:47 p.m.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Annie Scholz reports the Tammy Baldwin celebration center in Madison is filling up with Baldwin supporters.

6:39 p.m.
NBC News declares Mitt Romney the projected winner in South Carolina. #NBCPolitics

6:36 p.m.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray talked to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson after he voted on Tuesday.

6:30 p.m.
NBC News declares Mitt Romney the projected winner in West Virginia. #NBCPolitics.  Associated Press says Romney wins West Virginia.

6:05 p.m.
NBC News declares Romney the projected winner in IN and KY, Obama projected winner in VT. VA too close to call. #NBCPolitics

6:03 p.m.
The Associated Press reports that President Obama wins Vermont; Mitt Romney wins Kentucky.

5:10 p.m.
Mitt Romney started his day the same way as millions of Americans did -- by voting.

4:57 p.m.
President Barack Obama expects the presidential race to be close, and he believes he will be victorious when all the electoral votes are added up.

4:03 p.m.
In case you're tempted to show your Facebook friends and Twitter followers how you voted, remember it's illegal in Wisconsin to post photos of completed ballots.

3:30 p.m
TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Jermont Terry says the election lines are moving smoothly at Wilson Elementary School in Wauwatosa.  Terry says that some people in Milwaukee waited 2.5 hours to vote on Tuesday.

3:18 p.m.
Regardless of who wins the White House, Paul Ryan has a backup plan.  The Wisconsin congressman is seeking re-election to the U.S. House, in addition to being tapped as Republican Mitt Romney's running mate.

3:00 p.m.
The spokesman for the Government Accountability Board says there have so far been no major issues.

12:39 p.m.
Our Melissa McCrady was the first reporter who spoke with Janesville VP candidate Paul Ryan moments after he voted.  Here's what he had to say.

Our Nick Montes also reported on the huge turnout in Franklin, and how one voter talked about her change of political party choice in the Presidential race.

11:44 a.m.
Rain is now falling in our area.  An umbrella may be an option.  Check out our interactive radar from Storm Team 4.

11:09 a.m.
Interesting following the Twitters for Wisconsin's Senate candidates and their most recent tweets:
- Tammy Baldwin is trying to push her message and engage her voter base
- Tommy Thompson is thanking voters for votes

10:48 a.m.
Jermont Terry reports waiting an 1.5 hours to vote at Milwaukee's Webster School. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to vote!

10:09 a.m.
Our Shelley Walcott tells us that President Obama spent part of this morning personally calling Wisconsin voters.

10:08 a.m.
What will the weather be when you vote?  How about snow?  Rain?  Scott Steele gives his Storm Team 4Cast for particular times of the day when a lot of people may be at the polls.

9:50 a.m.
"We haven't received any reports of significant problems that would impact voting." - GAB's Reid Magney to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jon Byman

He also reminded voters they'll need to sign the poll book when they vote - a change from 2008.  Also, you cannot just vote one ticket including the Presidential vote.  You'll have to check a separate box on your ballot for that.

"We're expecting roughly 3 million votes total to come in," he also told Byman.  That's a little less than 2008.

9:49 a.m.
Could rain or snow be heading to your polling place?  Find out with our Storm Team 4 interactive radar.

8:51 a.m.
Tweeter Rob Marki tells us "absolute confusion at Wards 283 & 288, poll worker shouting like he's at a bakery."

8:49 a.m.
As we type this, Paul Ryan is voting in Janesville, Wis.

8:31 a.m.
So far, the cutest election photo we've seen so far is this one.

8:10 a.m.
Paul Ryan is set to vote in Janesville at about 8:45 a.m.  TODAY'S TMJ4 Melissa McCrady is there and says Secret Service agents are already there assisting at his polling place.

7:51 a.m.
Are you experiencing problems at the polls?  Click here on how to file a complaint.

FYI, when you're done with voting, check out TODAY'S TMJ4 going 1-on-1 with President Obama (with Mike Jacobs) and at Mitt Romney's post-election party (with Charles Benson.)

7:40 a.m.
Tweeter Tom Henrich tells us "Long line behind me, workers confused by where to hang ward map, sick kid threw up 5ft ahead of me. Could’ve been better. #tmj4"

7:38 a.m.
Said Tweeter Dusty Weis: "voter #84 at 7:25 a.m. at Cass St. School on east side. Line all down the hall to gym!"

7:20 a.m.
More than 300 people were in line when a south side Milwaukee polling place opened Tuesday morning. About 50 were in line at a St. Francis polling location.

7:08 a.m.
Tweeter Douglas Smith from Hartford tells us "Hartford. Longest line I have ever seen in 12 years."

7:00 a.m.
Polls are open! 

6:55 a.m.
"The last presidential election, we had a 79 percent turnout.  We expect this to be far greater than the turnout in June...we anticipate long lines the full day, but the first thing in the morning and last thing at night are when lines are the longest." - Sandy Weslowski, Franklin city clerk

6:54 a.m.
About 75 people in line at one polling place in Wauwatosa, but a TODAY'S TMJ4 viewer says they're all inside.

That won't be the case everywhere on this chilly morning.

6:47 a.m.
Lines have formed in Merton, and the first voter in line took a photo when he got there.

When he gets there, and when you get there, you will all need to remember that, due to law changes, you cannot simply vote a one-party ticket anymore.  You have to make a separate vote for President/VP.

6:31 a.m.
Are you in line right now to vote? E-mail icontribute@tmj4.com to e-mail your pictures and check them out in our Election Photo Gallery.

6:07 a.m.
You may want to bring your umbrella and a heavy coat as you head to the polls today!  Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele predicts rain and some snow early on today in our area.

Will it be raining/snowing by you?  Check our interactive radar.

5:45 a.m.
Election poll workers are setting up at various spots around Wisconsin.  They expect an incredibly high turnout across the state.

5:13 a.m.
Where was VP candidate Paul Ryan's last stop?  Mitchell International Airport, about an hour away from where he'll be voting today.

4:56 a.m.
Polls are set to open in a little more than two hours in Wisconsin.  Voters have between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to cast their ballots on perhaps one of the biggest election days in the state's history.

Wisconsin may provide the most pivotal role it ever has in deciding a Presidential election that is neck and neck between incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.

But that's not the only election for voters in Wisconsin.

Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson are fighting in a close race to replace Senator Herb Kohl.  Every Wisconsin member of the House faces an election today.

And, of course, there are all the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly races, along with tons of local elections.

Monday

10:47 p.m.
Mitt Romney is rallying New Hampshire voters on the eve of Election Day, repeating his promise of "real change' if elected.  The Republican presidential candidate also told more than 10,000 voters late Monday night that a second Obama term could cause another recession.

10:22 p.m.
If Congressman Paul Ryan was feeling any bit of fatigue after the long day of campaigning, a crowd at Mitchell International Airport re-energized him.

10:10 p.m.
President Barack Obama is asking Iowa voters to help him finish what they started in the state four years ago.  In his last political rally as a candidate, Obama says Iowa voters helped start "a movement that spread across the country."  More than 20,000 people are attending the outdoor rally on the eve of Election Day.

9:45 p.m.
The political parties are hard at work looking for last minute support.  The one thing they both have in common is it's an all out push for every last vote.

6:51 p.m.
From robo calls to political flyers, voters here in Wisconsin have been overwhelmed with campaign ads.

6:31 p.m.
Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney sounded a bit hoarse as he made his closing argument in the battleground state of Florida.

"Look, we have one job left, and that's to make sure on Election Day, we make certain that everybody who is qualified to vote, gets out to vote, we need every single vote in Florida," says Romney.

6:20 p.m.
Bruce Springsteen spent the entire day with Obama, traveling on Air Force One from Madison, Wis., to Columbus, Ohio, and then to Des Moines, Iowa, where Obama planned a coda for his campaign, a finale where his run for the presidency began five years ago.

5:21 p.m.
Romney/Ryan spokesperson Kyle Downey tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson the campaign is keeping a close eye on the election results in Wisconsin.

"I feel very good about Wisconsin ultimately I don't think Packers fans vote for Bears fans," says Downey.  "So I think Wisconsin will deliver for Romney and Ryan tomorrow."

4:49 p.m.
Neil Albrecht, the executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, says he expects a record voter turnout in the City of Milwaukee.

Albrecht says they anticipate 280,000-300,000 voters -- around 80 percent to 85 percent of all eligible voters.

4:32 p.m.
Raw video: TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson is at Romney/Ryan headquarters in Boston, MA.

4:03 p.m.
Wisconsin election officials say more than 545,000 people have requested absentee ballots for Tuesday's election.

12:13 p.m.
A first time voter talked with Melissa McCrady about her experience to come.

11:14 a.m.
"Wisconsin, my bet is on you." - President Obama

11:01 a.m.
"We've made progress these last four years, but the reason we're all gathered here...is because we know we've got more work to do." - President Obama

10:55 a.m.
"Hello, Wisconsin!" - The President's first words on stage.

10:53 a.m.
More from Bruce Springsteen, in between songs...and not while impersonating the President:

"I believe President Obama ran last time as a man of hope and change.  We hear a lot of talk about how things were different.  Things aren't any different now.  They're just real.  It's crunch time now."

"Our job is to combat the cynicism out there...to believe in your power, and our power to change the lives in the world that we live in."

10:45 a.m.
"American dream, American reality.  With our vote tomorrow, we get to determine the distance in that equation." - Bruce Springsteen

10:39 a.m.
In a funny moment, Springsteen impersonated President Obama's performance of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," claiming that he called Springsteen at 2:00 a.m. or 3:00 a.m. to give that performance over the phone.

Then, he did an impersonation of the President asking for a campaign song.  It sounded like a cross between Mr. Obama and former President Richard Nixon.  But it was still funny.

Then, he got the crowd involved in a song using Obama's campaign slogan (and the Wisconsin state slogan), "Forward."

10:22 a.m.
A fire inspector tells TODAY'S TMJ4 that 18,000 people have come to see President Obama's event in Madison.  They're hearing Bruce Springsteen on stage.

10:08 a.m.
Bruce Springsteen is set to perform in Madison in about 12 minutes at Obama event.  Watch live by clicking here.

9:49 a.m.
The program has begun in Madison for President Obama.  Yes, it's Senator Herb Kohl and Bruce Springsteen in the same place.  Check out our Photo Gallery from the event.

8:26 a.m.
Our Shelley Walcott took this photo of the crowds that have already gathered in Madison for today's speech from President Obama.

7:18 a.m.
The U.S. Senate race is an historic one, regardless of who wins.

If Tammy Baldwin takes the nod, she'll be the first woman and openly-gay senator from Wisconsin.

If Tommy Thompson earns the win, he'll be the oldest first-time senator and the first former Governor to take the seat from Wisconsin.

It's also been an historic race for another reason: political spending.

7:16 a.m.
Thousands of people have lined up south of the State Capitol to see President Obama.  Click here for more on that story.

6:24 a.m.
You're going to want to bring an umbrella with you as you wait in line on Election Day.  So says Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele.

Click here for his forecast for both today and Election Day.

4:58 a.m.
Two major presidential rallies have been set for Monday in southern Wisconsin.

President Barack Obama was scheduled to garner last-minute support in Madison on Monday morning.
  He was to wake up in Wisconsin's capital city for a rally there. 

Wisconsin's part of the challenging GOP ticket, Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, was to do the same at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee on Monday night.

Click on each story for details and ticket information.