— Liz Sidoti
This tidbit comes from a story by AP reporters Steve Peoples and Kasie Hunt, awaiting Mitt Romney's appearance in Boston:
"The Republican nominee had already written a 1,118-word victory speech that he thought would conclude his yearslong quest for the presidency. Earlier Tuesday, Romney said he had no regrets no matter the outcome."
— Kasie Hunt — Twitter http://twitter.com/kasie
— Steve Peoples — Twitter http://twitter.com/sppeoples
BEHIND IT ALL
This bit from AP's main story on the election offers a bit of context:
"The election emerged as a choice between two very different visions of government — whether it occupies a major, front-row place in American lives or is in the background as a less-obtrusive facilitator for private enterprise and entrepreneurship."
OBAMA WINS RE-ELECTION
Barack Obama wins — he'll serve a second term as president after a hard-fought election.
AP is calling the presidential election for Obama after Romney lost Ohio and several other key states.
The Chicago convention center where Obama supporters have gathered to watch the results is exploding in joy and enthusiasm. Not so the Romney camp in Boston, which has been muted as results increasingly showed the tally of electoral votes rising in Obama's column.
EDITOR'S NOTE — Follow AP journalists on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.