It’s not all about the presidency tonight, lest we forget.
As AP reminds us, voters are also choosing a new Congress — Democrats defending their majority in the Senate, and Republicans in the House. Eleven states picked governors, and measures ranging from gay marriage to gambling dotted ballots.
There were 33 Senate seats on the ballot, 23 of them defended by Democrats and the rest by Republicans.
The GOP needed a gain of three for a majority if Romney won, and four if Obama was re-elected. Neither Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada nor GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was on the ballot, but each had high stakes in the outcome.
All 435 House seats were on the ballot, including five where one lawmaker ran against another as a result of once-a-decade redistricting to take population shifts into account. Democrats needed to pick up 25 seats to gain the majority they lost two years ago.