We followed how the election played out on social media with periodic updates about what is being said on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media.
Here’s what caught our eye:
Obama victory speech draws praise, some criticism on Twitter
It was late, but Kansas Citians stayed up late to hear Obama’s victory speech. Some believed it was among his best, giving him kudos when he talked about his wife. Still others pointed out that Obama doesn’t have a plan for the future of the country.
Here’s what people were saying in the wee hours of the morning on Twitter.
@myfriendstef: Holy crap! I didn't think I'd be all stirred up at 1am, but damn! That was a great speech President Obama!
@__amanderr: This is why I like Obama. "It's not about your own campaign party it's about America and how we can fix the issues that matter."
@aliciard: We all have to have faith and give potus #Obama opportunity to bring our American family together!
@j_hawkprincess: Obama is such a smooth talker
@Xspos: Everytime Obama mention Romney the place gets quiet , Hahahahahahaha
@nateG_23: Even though Obama won, he clearly does not have a plan for the future of our country.
@alli_girl_kc: the only thing i hope for from this election is that obama realizes that the country is not happy and hopefully with work with both parties
@cookseyftw: I can't sleep. Obama won again, & my cast comes off tomorrow. It's like Christmas.
@gabriellmarie: oh the words President Obama said about Michelle :) awwww
@BrooklynJayhawk: Respect to Obama for shouting out his girl like that. #gentleman
@markvanbaale: High regards for Obama for recognizing and appreciating his wife and kids for the pillar of support they are to him.
@Glith: Obama is making one heck of a speech tonight. #election2012
@laurenkuehl: 5 years ago my mom & I went campaigning for Obama, Im proud to say he was the 1st & 2nd person I voted for & was president for 8 years!
@JeneeinKC: Both speeches tonight were wonderful. I'm glad Obama isn't shying away from the division. We must come together. Forward, folks
@DreamChaserCEO: Preach Obama !!!!!!!!!
þ@smithtara: I cannot believe Obama is still talking. It's freaking 1am and the campaign is won. You can stop talking about it now.
@Combsysaid: Put everything aside and just listen to what Obama is saying. Can you honestly not relate to what he is saying?
@aaronlindberg: I am willing to bet Obama got an A+ in his public speaking classes. #motivation
@Just_Inthesky: Don't tell me I missed Obama speech ... Iv been waiting up for this all night
@amritsidhu24: Still wanted #Romney to win,but got respect for #Obama
@eric_wreath: If almost the entire world thinks Obama should be president, then I think we made a pretty damn good choice.
@JeffBowen07: I bet Obama got 100% on all his speeches in college
@wjoewatson: Both Romney and Obama look utterly wiped out in their speeches tonight. Why anyone would run for public office is beyond me.
@blah89blah: I'm glad Obama has won...but I can't listen to anymore speeches from anybody right now...
@ChristinaZunig1: Now I can finally got to bed. Congratulations President Obama.
Twitter has big day
Twitter reported more than 20 million tweets on Election Day. That made Tuesday the most tweeted about event in U.S. political history.
Here’s that announcement and some other interesting facts from Twitter:
@gov: With 20 million tweets, Election Day just became the most tweeted about event in US political history. #election2012
@gov: Networks' call of @BarackObama reelection spiked #Election2012-related Tweets to 327,453 per minute at 11:19p EST.
þ@gov: Peak to 327k TPM following @BarackObama's re-election was by far the most-tweeted moment of #Election2012.
þ@gov Minutes after winning re-election for a second term, @BarackObama has his most retweeted tweet ever https://t.co/JrqMxErJ.
Here is Obama’s tweet:
@BarackObama: Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom
Romney concedes; KC area tweets their respect
As Romney conceded the presidential race to Obama, Kansas Citians on Twitter expressed their respect for Romney and his speech.
Here’s a sampling of what was said:
@AndreaPlunkett: Mitt Romney is a classy, presidential guy. Thanks for giving it your best shot.
@PeaceLoveDes: #Romney deserves respect regardless of your Political View. Some people are so NASTY.
@SchwandtyPippen: Real class act by Romney.. I do respect the man just didn’t always agree with his viewpoints. I’m done tweeting now haha
@RealDerekGood: Romney being very classy. Respect.
@ladylaw80: Not gonna diss Romney he was a good competitor. I’m a firm believr in competion makes u bettr thus I’m expectn big things frm the President
@livlemley: Mitt Romney is legit making me cry right now. I think I’m really tired. #emotionaboutelection
@wjoewatson: Very modest applause from a huge crowd as Mott Romney says he hopes the President does well for the country.
@oceanicfeelings: #Romney is a stud.
þ@CooshMoosh: Okay Romney is being very gentlemanly about losing the election. Take a note, young adults. #election #obama
@BrandonWoodard: As much as I disliked Romney, thank you for putting up the fight and challenging the Obama campaign
@lauren_jazz: Short and classy. Good job, Mr. Romney.
þ@msilverman: Snark and woofing aside for one tweet: Good, respectful, humble concession speech by Mr. Romney.
@sarajeboltz: I am not a fan of Romney, but the way he spoke about his wife......#beautiful
@HannahJessie12: While I didn’t vote for Mitt Romney, he ran hard, made it so far, and is acting like a professional on stage right now.
Tweets call for Romney to concede so people can go to bed
With Obama projected the winner, people are tweeting asking for Romney to concede. There will be many tired folks from the Kansas City area.
@nflyt12: I’ma need Romney to accept it and concede so I can go to bed!
@ArikaMM: Bro needs to concede already.
@courtneylube: Romney..concede already! I wanna watch the speeches and go to bed
@SarahCanovi: Romney still not ready to concede. Still looking at numbers.
@littleroo27: no, really, I NEED SLEEP!!! Concede already, my god!
þ@kirubreezy: C’mon Mitt...Concede so I can go to my BED!!!!!!!!!
þ@CarlyDuvall: Mr. Romney, please call and concede. I am getting too old to wait up for the speeches. #Realist
@ShanePBrady: Mind you, i never thought Mitt would win, but who cares if he won’t concede now. It makes no difference.
þ@Mr_Unapologetic: They saying Romney not ready to concede...it’s ok man take your time while we turning up with Re-Elect Obama!!!
@SarcasmToSpare: I don’t care how long it takes. I WILL see Mitt Romney concede. #teamnosleep
Obama projected winner, Twitter erupts
It wasn’t hard to notice when Obama was projected the winner of the presidential race over Romney. Twitter activity spiked and #2Terms, #4moreyears quickly became trending topics.
Here’s what was being said in the area on Twitter:
@3JohnSaenz: BOOM!! Obama WON!! #FinallyItsDone #Democrat
@19_November19th: obama wonnn.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@Yasmin_xoxo_: YESS YESSS OBAMA IS OUR PRESIDENT FOR 4 MORE YEARS
@stay_careless: shout out everybody that actually voted for obama
@barrooook: I’d pay anything to see your face expression now @MittRomney lol #Obama
@C_Swag100: Oh America, how much I love you. #Obama #ReElected #TwoTerms
@nkaushi: OBAMAAA I CANNOT EXPRESS MY EXCITMENT OH MY #GODBLESS #OBAMA
@PrudentialPat: The people chanting "Obama" in Times Square are quite scary! He’s the President, not Tina Turner! Congrats, though ;) #Goodness
@CassandraStu3n: To be honest, I’m mostly just happy Michelle Obama is still the first lady.
@adrianspencersr: The best part of #Election2012 will be #Romney coming with that concession speech! Now we can go back to tweeting about normalcy!!!! #Obama
@willpower13: The (not so)United States of America has reelected Obama. I had no bias to either. The division elections truly show scare me.
@DomDward: Don’t wanna sound like a hater or anything but did Obama change anything in the last 4 years? Serious question
@TheRealDreyns: Hmmm, America voted for Mitt, electoral voted for Obama? This is why America has trouble with voting percentages. #SoScrewed
@msteele23: Number one reason I dislike Obama so much: his health care plan destroys anyone’s future that contains a nursing career.
@Kellan_C: If obama can run us into the ground for 4 more years KC might as well give Pioli 4 more years.
@SaviiJ924: @MittRomney I voted for you regardless what everyone says. PLEASE try again in 4 years. I’m honestly scared for my future because of Obama.
@realmanofSteele: It will be crucial how Obama addresses the popular vote. He must get everyone on board to move forward.
@JarredDonalson: Now that Obama has been reelected can we have a Jay Z concert?
Akin’s defeat trends on Twitter
The announcement that Incumbent Sen. Clair McCaskill is expected to easily win re-election, both Akin and McCaskill briefly became one of the top trends on Twitter.
Here’s what is being said about the race:
@JermaineReed: Claire McCaskill is #Forward
@kthealy: Legitimately happy that #McCaskill won MO #votekc
@writer9706: The "legitimate rape" candidate, Todd Akin is conceding right now. #ClaireMcCaskill2012
@SEANton_soup: Akin is likely wondering, "What went wrong?"
@ColourCoated: So happy that Claire McCaskill won. There is still hope for this state I live in.
@_ericawarren: Watching the Todd Akin concession speech is the the most awkward thing ever. #shutitdown
@MissLindsay_D: I can rest assured that Todd Akin does not represent my state! #missouriproblems #claire4thewin
@RealMikeT: Proud to have helped Akin get his #LegitimateLoss.
@cwfaris: Oh happiness for this Missouri voter. "Todd Akin" can leave my vocabulary.
@cpachecoiii: Bonus from McCaskill beating Akin? She’s from Kansas City and he’s from St. Louis. Aww yea!
@ericawilliamsdc: Tammy Baldwin, Elizabeth Warren and now Claire McCaskill...Looks like we’re filling up our #binderfullofwomen tonight.
Even filmmaker Michael Moore had something to say:
@MMFlint: McCaskill, Warren, Stabenaw, Klobuchar, Baldwin Senate victories = Declare a War on Women, prepare to lose. #legitimate
Swing state voters loving the limelight
Knowing your vote might influence the outcome of the presidential race has those living in the swing states rejoicing on Twitter.
Here’s a few tweets from those hailing from states that could decide the election:
@chillcat241: Feeling mildly proud to have been one of the votes in Florida #swingstate Swing baby swing.
@NeenoBrowne: I’m so happy I chose to vote in Colorado!!! #swingstate!! #Bluestate!
@ltking12: kinda cool to have voted in ohio (possibly for the last time). #swingstate
Meanwhile others have a philosophical look at what it means to be a swing state.
@AwkwardOrmsbee: If your a #SwingState, are you hoping for each state on either side to give you a push?
@Ladder62E99: So sad, in just a day or two, my state will no longer be at the cool kids table #swingstate
Florida gets spotlight — again
Long voter lines, a close race and some Democrats sensing a potential victory has thrust Florida back into the limelight yet again. Twitter is abuzz with the hash tag #cmonflorida as people watch the results roll in.
Here’s a sampling of what is being tweeted:
@chloeebee123: this is stressing me out. #cmonflorida
@chrislencobb: Most of you Idiots had off today you literally had 12 hours to vote #cmonflorida
@TylerApplegate3: Lets go Romney #CMonFlorida
@tbromer: Wow, Obama just stole Paul Ryan’s home state? #CmonFlorida #VoteObama
@elizabethmaker: the suspense is giving me heart palpitations #romneyryan2012 #cmonflorida #swingstate
Did you vote in KCI Mayoral Race?
You might have missed this — I did — but the good folks at Kansas City International Airport are holding an election too.
They are seeking to fill the KCI Mayoral race. So far, Captain Quirky is leading. But it is not too late to vote.
Go to Kansas City International Airport’s Facebook page to cast your vote.
Silly photos including Big Bird take flight on blogs, twitter
No, that wasn’t the real Big Bird in line Friday to cast an early vote in Austin, Texas — it was John Kelso, a humor columnist at the Austin American Statesman, dressed like the big yellow bird.
Kelso explains why he dressed that way in a story on the paper’s website.
Meanwhile, the blog BuzzFeed had photos of pets who did their civic duty and voted. Of course there are pictures of cats — this is after all the Internet.
BuzzFeed also tweeted out a photo of their “high-tech” map showing election results.
Instagram photos of ballots illegal?
As voters headed to the polls today, many wanted to mark the occasion with a quick Instagram photo of their ballot.
Voters tweeted out images of their ballots showing how they voted. There were some less revealing photos of people inserting their ballots into the ballot box or in many cases, just a photo of their “I Voted” stickers.
In many states taking photos is illegal.
The Citizens Media Law Project compiled a list of election laws for each state.
The unauthorized voting disclosure law was unclear whether that portion of the law applies only to election officials with access to completed ballots, according to the Citizens Media Law Project.
It noted that voters are prohibited from showing their ballots with the intent of letting others know how they voted or were going to vote.
A vote for Obama is a vote Romney on YouTube
A YouTube video capturing a glitch involving a voting machine in central Pennsylvania that switched a person’s vote from Obama to Romney is capturing a lot of views.
A voter in Perry County captured video of the switch and notified election officials of the problem.
Pennsylvania Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman called it a “momentary glitch,” according to the Associated Press. The machine was recalibrated and was placed back in service.
Best pickup lines sweeping on Twitter
As people waited for the election results to come, the hash tag #ElectionPickupLines started sweeping Twitter.
These lines ranged from tame to racy.
An example of some of the more tame ones:
@Cyberquill: Your booth or my booth? #ElectionPickupLines
@ChelsTXNorton: #ElectionPickupLines Well, that is a great place to put an Romney/Ryan button.
@RobGrasing: #ElectionPickUpLines hey gurl, you vote here often?
@TheKevinCody: #ElectionPickUpLines Girl, without your vote my state is blue.
We will let you find the best racy ones.
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