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Posted on Nov 8, 2012

Romney Concedes Florida: Even though full results are not in yet, Mitt Romney’s campaign has acknowledged its candidate lost the Sunshine State. President Obama currently leads there by more than 55,000 votes, with many ballots from heavily Democratic areas still trickling in. Who knows? Maybe one of these days the state will announce a winner. (Read more)

Stunning Loss: Mitt Romney was “shellshocked” that he lost the election and had expected to win it, an adviser to the Republican presidential candidate said. “We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory,” the adviser said. “I don’t think there was one person who saw this coming.” Except, of course, those who weren’t glued to Fox News the entire election season. (Read more)

Not-So-Super PACs: Talk about a bad investment. A pair of Karl Rove-backed super PACs (American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS) spent a total of more than $200 million on this year’s election, but none of the candidates either supported won. Moreover, quite a few of the candidates the two super PACs opposed emerged victorious. The end result: Rove is clearly one of election 2012’s biggest losers. (Read more)

Money for Nothing: Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is evidently not concerned about the roughly $60 million he donated to super PACs and other outside groups in support of failed Republican candidates such as Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. When asked how he thought the money had been spent, he responded: “Paying bills. That’s how you spend money. Either that or become a Jewish husband—you spend a lot of money.” (Read more)

Majority Doesn’t Rule: Although the House remains in Republican control, more Americans cast their ballots in support of Democrats overall. According to Think Progress, 53,952,240 votes went to House Democratic candidates, while 53,402,643 were cast for Republicans. (Read more)

Video of the Day: The election is officially over and with that, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow implored Republicans to abandon their made-up, fact-free, fantasy world and return to the one based in reality. You know, the one where Hawaii-born Barack Obama is still president. “You guys, we’re counting on you. Wake up,” she said. “There are real problems in the world. There are real, knowable facts in the world. Let’s accept those and talk about how we might approach our problems differently.” It’s advice worth taking.

Bonus Video of the Day: It’s the question everyone wanted to know after election night: Was ABC News’ Diane Sawyer drunk on the air? Watch and see what the Twittersphere was all abuzz about.

 

—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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