Election Day 2012 gave way to Election Night 2012, bringing with the transition resounding victories in Memphis and Shelby County for President Obama and Congressman Steve Cohen and thoroughly sound defeats for two tax measures.
Key Shelby County election results
|U.S. Congress Dist 9|
|George Flinn Jr.||59,676||23.79%|
|Resolution 18A (half-cent sales tax increase)|
|Ordinance 5464 (one cent gasoline tax)|
Obama victory speech
(CNN ) - President Obama celebrated his re-election early this morning with a call for unity. "We are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation," he told supporters at his campaign headquarters in his hometown of Chicago and millions watching on television.
"The best is yet to come," he added, after walking on stage with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha to tumultuous cheers.
AJ Calloway of 'Extra'
Election Night at President Obama's rally point at McCormick Place McKinley Place in Chicago was just the place to be for AJ Calloway of “Extra.” The New York City correspondent for “Extra,” Calloway makes a living exchanging with some the most high-profile people in the country.
Mayor Wharton: 'A crucial election'
Mayor AC Wharton Jr. cast his Election Day ballot at Rozelle Elementary School on Tuesday (Nov. 6) morning and then made a pitch for others to follow suit.
"People are looking in awe at what is going on in America. People are saying, 'I wish I had some say-so in government,'" said Wharton, reflecting on U.S. political freedoms that are only dreams elsewhere.
"And there are people right here in this country that died, literally who died, marched and demonstrated so that we could – with all the ease and comfort – go out and vote. It would be an abomination if you did not get out and vote today," said Wharton.
"This is a crucial election. Get out and vote. Vote your choice."