Election Day on Twitter became the most tweeted about event in U.S. political history with 20 million tweets. By late Tuesday evening, Twitter announced that there was a spike of 327,453 tweets per minute when TV news networks declared that President Barack Obama had been re-elected shortly after 11 p.m. EST.
Even though Twitter traffic was expected to be high, no one really knew how the popular social media bird would handle the volume that was double the previous high water mark of 10 million tweets during the first of three presidential debates.
In the early evening, when election results first started to roll in, Jay Kranda, pastor of Saddleback Church's online campus, tweeted from somewhere in Southern California: "States are already being called. Its going to get interesting. I hope Twitter breaks. #election2012." more >>
In what's seems as an innocent mistake conservative commentator Sean Hannity posted a picture of a completed ballot on his Twitter account before he cast his vote, which is illegal in several states including New York.
The mistake made by Hannity was first noticed by Think Progress, which quickly commented on the nature of the picture as well as it legality.
"This may be a misdemeanor under New York State elections law which prohibits voters from showing a ballot 'after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents.'" more >>
Washington became the fourth and final state Tuesday to endorse same-sex marriage in a historic election night victory. The Evergreen state joins Maine, Maryland and Minnesota in giving supporters of gay marriage a clean sweep. Voters in these same states also chose President Obama over GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
Known as Referendum 74, the issue was leading by a slight margin of 51.8 percent to 48.2 percent and was expected to pass as final votes are being tallied on Wednesday. The state rejected gay marriage by a similar margin in 2009.
The issue in each of these states came with high expectations given that voters had rejected gay marriage the last 32 times the issue had appeared on a ballot. North Carolina was the last state to do so in May of this year. more >>
President Barack Obama won a second term as president after sweeping nearly all the battleground states, including Ohio, Tuesday night. Christian leaders who firmly oppose his stance on abortion and gay marriage have called on believers to pray for him as he leads the country for another four years.
"The Election is finally over and the votes have been cast. President Barack Obama has been reelected as the President of the United States of America," said Southern California evangelist Greg Laurie. "Now is the time to Pray for our President for the great challenges that he will face in the days ahead."
Results of the election quickly came in Tuesday night, state by state, with GOP candidate Mitt Romney winning the South and Obama carrying the Northeast. By the end of the night, Obama surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed as he won the swing states of Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia. Results from Florida are expected Wednesday afternoon. In total, Obama had 303 electoral votes and Romney, 206. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, has stated that he believes that America is on a "path of destruction" due to yesterday's election results.
In an interview with CNN last night, Graham explained that the path he was referring to involved, among other things, the legalization of same-sex marriage.
"If we are allowed to go down this road in the path that this president wants us to go down, I think it will be to our peril and to the destruction of this nation," Graham said. more >>
The results of the 2012 presidential election have been announced and Hollywood, has erupted with reactions posted to Twitter.
Late Tuesday night, voters from across the country named Barack Obama President of the United States for a second term in a clear victory over Mitt Romney.
While some of Hollywood celebrated Obama's win, other celebrities expressed disappointment. Despite many differing views, Twitter was abuzz with the news of the election several hours after Obama's victory. more >>