Election night: Obama wins nationally, Republicans win locally

Republican Edward Romaine waves to his supporters at Republican Edward Romaine waves to his supporters at Suffolk County Republican headquarters in Patchogue, NY after defeating Brian Beedenbender for Brookhaven Town supervisor. (Nov. 6, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

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Election night 2012 unfolded more or less as planned, giving both parties something to celebrate despite the biggest prize of the evening going to President Barack Obama for his reelection to a second term.

On Long Island, Republicans swept all but one State Senate race, with the remaining contest still too close to call. Republicans fared well in State Assembly races as well.

For the national seats however, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand won for Senate and four out of five House seats went to Democrats as well.

With a long campaign season finally finished, today's winners have but one mandate: work together and fix the economy, local and national.

Below see how the evening unfolded, as it happened.

UPDATED 2:45 A.M. - Thank you for joining us

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That wraps it up for tonight's live blog. Thanks for joining us and see how the changing political map affects Long Island and the United States in general on Newsday.

UPDATED 2:38 A.M. - Final breakdown of NY State Senate races

All but one of the races for State Senate have been called. The remaining 7th district race, between Republican Jack M. Martins and Democrat Daniel S. Ross is separated by almost 6,000 votes in Martins's favor, but absentee ballots may still decide the race.

Other final results:

1st Senate District:  Republican Kenneth P. LaValle
2nd Senate District: Republican John J. Flanagan
3rd Senate District: Republican Lee M. Zeldin
4th Senate District: Republican Philip M. Boyle
5th Senate District: Republican Carl L. Marcellino
6th Senate District: Republican Kemp Hannon
8th Senate District: Republican Charles J. Fuschillo
9th Senate District: Republican Dean Skelos

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Republicans won eight of eight State Senate races.

UPDATED 2:24 A.M. - Final breakdown of NY State Assembly races

All but one of the races for State Assembly have been called. The remaining 3rd district race, between Republican Dean Murray and Democrat Edward Hennessey is separated by only 38 votes, with 100% of districts reported. Absentee ballots may decide the race.

Other final results:

1st Assembly District: Independent Fred W. Thiele
2nd Assembly District: Republican Daniel P. Losquadro
4th Assembly District: Democrat Steven Englebright
5th Assembly District: Republican Alfred C. Graf
6th Assembly District: Democrat Philip R. Ramos
7th Assembly District: Republican Andrew Garbarino
8th Assembly District: Republican Michael J. Fitzpatrick
9th Assembly District: Republican Joseph S. Saladino
10th Assembly District: Republican Chad A. Lupinacci
11th Assembly District: Democrat Robert K. Sweeney
12th Assembly District: Republican Andrew Raia
13th Assembly District: Democrat Charles D. Lavine
14th Assembly District: Republican David G. McDonough
15th Assembly District: Republican Michael Montesano
16th Assembly District: Democrat Michelle Schimel
17th Assembly District: Republican Thomas McKevitt
18th Assembly District: Democrat Earlene Hooper
19th Assembly District:  Republican Edward P. Ra
20th Assembly District: Democrat Harvey Weisenberg
21st Assembly District: Republican Brian F. Curran
22nd Assembly District: Democrat Michaelle C. Solages

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Republican victories: 12

Democratic victories: 8

Independent victories: 1

UPDATED 2:06 A.M. - Latest State Senate, Assembly races

New York State Senate

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6th Senate District: Republican Kemp Hannon

With only one district remaining for the New York State Senate, Republicans have taken seven of eight races.

New York State Assembly

14th Assembly District: Republican David G. McDonough

With 21 of 22 districts reporting, 12 Republicans have won, with 8 Democrats and 1 Independent candidate.

UPDATED 2:00 A.M. - Obama: Campaign 'made me a better president'

Obama took the stage to thank his supporters in Chicago shortly after 1:30 Wednesday morning.

"Tonight in this election you, the American people remind us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back," he said. "We know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come."

In a reference to the bitterness of the campaign Obama said, "we may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future."

"A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over," he said. "And whether I earned your vote or not, i have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you've made me a better president."

UPDATED 1:20 A.M. - State Senate, latest projected winner

8th Senate District: Republican Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.

With only two districts remaining for the New York State Senate, Republicans have taken seven of seven spots.

UPDATED 1:11 A.M. - Latest NY State Assembly projected winners

20th Assembly District: Democrat Harvey Weisenberg

With 20 out of 22 districts reporting, 8 Democrats and 11 Republicans have been projected winners, with 1 Independent.

UPDATED 12:55 A.M. - Romney gives concession speech

A Romney aide reported shortly before 1 a.m. that Romney conceded the election in a phone call to Obama. Romney himself took the stage in Boston, Mass. to address his supporters shortly thereafter.

"I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our country," Romney said. "At a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and posturing."

Romney also gave specific thanks to his wife Ann and his running mate Paul Ryan. "Besides my wife Ann," he said, "Paul is the best choice I've ever made."

UPDATED 12:43 A.M. - Obama wins Virginia, Romney takes Montana

President Obama has been declared the projected winner of Virginia, bringing his victories to 26, with Romney carrying 23 states with his projected victory in Montana.

That leaves only 2 states to be called: Florida and Alaska.

Electoral vote total: 303 for Obama, 203 for Romney

UPDATED 12:42 A.M. - NY State Assembly at a glance

New York State Assembly: 19 out of 22 districts have a projected winner; 7 of them are Democrats, 11 are Republicans, 1 is an Independent.

UPDATED 12:41 A.M. - Latest NY State Assembly projected winners

13th Assembly District: Democrat Charles D. Lavine
15th Assembly District: Republican Michael Montesano
17th Assembly District: Republican Thomas McKevitt

UPDATED 12:38 A.M. - NY State Senate, State Assembly at a glance

New York State Senate: 6 out of 9 districts have a projected winner. All of them are Republicans.

New York State Assembly: 16 out of 22 districts have a projected winner. Six of them are Democrats, 9 are Republicans, 1 is an Independent.

UPDATED 12:25 A.M. - Latest NY State Assembly projected winners

16th Assembly District: Democrat Michelle Schimel
18th Assembly District: Democrat Earlene Hooper
19th Assembly District:  Republican Edward P. Ra
21st Assembly District: Republican Brian F. Curran

UPDATED 12:15 A.M. - Obama wins 3 more swing states

President Obama has been declared the projected winner of Colorado, Wisconsin and Nevada, bringing his victories to 25, with Romney carrying 22 states.

That leaves only 3 states to be called: Virginia, Florida and Alaska.

Electoral vote total: 290 for Obama, 200 for Romney

UPDATED 12:10 A.M. - State Assembly, latest projected winners

Winners have been declared in the following NY State Assembly districts:

1st Assembly District: Independent Fred W. Thiele
2nd Assembly District: Republican Daniel P. Losquadro
4th Assembly District: Democrat Steven Englebright
5th Assembly District: Republican Alfred C. Graf
6th Assembly District: Democrat Philip R. Ramos
7th Assembly District: Republican Andrew Garbarino
8th Assembly District: Republican Michael J. Fitzpatrick
9th Assembly District: Republican Joseph S. Saladino
10th Assembly District: Republican Chad A. Lupinacci
11th Assembly District: Democrat Robert K. Sweeney
12th Assembly District: Republican Andrew Raia
22nd Assembly District: Democrat Michaelle C. Solages

UPDATED 12:01 A.M. - State Senate, latest projected winners

Winners have been declared in the following NY State Senate districts:

1st Senate District:  Republican Kenneth P. LaValle
2nd Senate District: Republican John J. Flanagan
3rd Senate District: Republican Lee M. Zeldin
4th Senate District: Republican Philip M. Boyle
5th Senate District: Republican Carl L. Marcellino
9th Senate District: Republican Dean Skelos

UPDATED 11:51 P.M. - Carolyn McCarthy wins House seat

Democratic candidate Carolyn McCarthy beat Republican challenger Francis Becker for the 4th Congressional District, with 54% to 40%.

UPDATED 11:48 P.M. - Peter King wins House seat

Republican Peter King won the 2nd Congressional District with 60% to 40% against Democrat Vivianne Falcone.

UPDATED 11:46 P.M. - Steve Israel, Gregory Meeks win House races

Democrats Steve Israel and Gregory Meeks have won the U.S. House races for the 3rd Congressional District and 5th Congressional District, respectively.

Israel beat challenger Stephen Labate 57%-43%, and Meeks beat challenger Allan Jennings 79% to 20%.

UPDATED 11:43 P.M. - Boyle wins for NY State Senate

In the 4th district race for New York State Senate, Republican Philip M. Boyle won with 53% of the vote to Democratic challener Rick Montano's 47%.

UPDATED 11:40 P.M. - Obama wins re-election

Barack Obama has been declared the winner in the presidential election.

Electoral vote count: 274 for Obama, 200 for Romney

UPDATED 11:35 P.M. - Bishop wins first district

Democrat Tim Bishop beat Randy Altschuler in New York's first congressional district, 52% to 48%.

UPDATED 11:32 P.M. - Obama wins Oregon

Adding 7 more electoral votes to his total, Obama took one more step toward official reelection with projected victory in Oregon. That gives 22 states to Obama, with 22 to Romney.