Take a look at some of the more interesting scenes from around the country on Election Day 2012.
In President Obama's victory speech in Chicago, he told supporters, "The best is yet to come."
In his concession speech, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told supporters that he will pray for Barack Obama's success in leading the nation.
Obama clinched reelection with narrow victories in swing states like Ohio and Iowa. He captured the momentum early by winning the swing states of New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated Republican Scott Brown in the US Senate race in Massachusetts.
Warren campaign adviser: "It's a great win for state of Massachusetts."
Several Virginia residents became angry when poll workers told them they had missed the 7 p.m. voting deadline. After demanding the chance to vote, volunteers offered those who got in line too late an opportunity to cast provisional ballots.
For one day, school gymnasiums and fire house bays become polling places, along with a columbarium in San Francisco, a condo party room in Chicago, and a laundromat. Take a peek at some of the stranger spots to vote.
With portions of the East Coast still reeling from powerful superstorm Sandy, voters in the affected areas faced a tough time figuring out where and how to vote.
Mitt Romney wrote a 1,118-word victory speech on Nov. 6 as he concluded his quest for the presidency, and claimed he had no regrets. ‘‘I feel like we put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room. We fought to the very end, and I think that’s why we'll be successful,’’ Romney told reporters aboard his plane as he flew from Pittsburgh to Boston.
Thanks to three television networks, New Yorkers were able to learn election results without turning on their TVs. They could walk down the street or look out the window. CNN, NBC and ABC were all using New York buildings — in some cases, iconic New York buildings — as giant counters to 270 electoral votes and a newly elected president.
Election Day turnout was heavy Tuesday in several storm-ravaged areas in New York and New Jersey, a welcome change from crisis to catharsis for many who saw exercising their civic duty as a sign of normalcy amid lingering devastation.
Voters in Columbus, Ohio said voting is too important to be deterred by the cold weather or the long lines.
Voters in Belmont, where Republican hopeful Mitt Romney lives, speculated on what he would do in the White House if he wins the election.
After months of hard campaigning and weeks of negative ads funded by record political spending, millions of California voters headed to the polls to have their say.