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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:47:13 GMT | By MSN News
2012 election: Moment-by-moment

Election 2012: The day arrives

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney (© Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney (© Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • A long line of people stand in line waiting to vote outside the Surfside Town Hall at Miami Beach during the General Election in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (© David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/MCT/Reuters)
  • A combination file silhouettes show U.S. President Barack Obama speaking in Windham, New Hampshire on August 18, 2012, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R) speaking in Davenport, Iowa on October 29, 2012 respectively in 2012 U.S. presidential campaign. (© Kevin Lamarque, Brian Snyder/Reuters)
  • Lookalikes boxing. (© Alison Jackson/Rex Features)
  • A woman kisses a man wearing a mask of U.S. President Barack Obama during the U.S. election night at the representation of the Bertelsmann media cooperation in Berlin November 6, 2012. (© Thomas Peter/Reuters)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama supporters watch the returns prior to his election night rally in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (© Larry Downing/Reuters)
  • A supporter takes pictures of the stage at the election night rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Boston, Massachusetts, November 6, 2012. (© Mike Segar/Reuters)
  • Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama cheer during his election night rally in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (© Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
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After months of bitter campaigning, the day finally came for America to choose the man charged with leading their country for the next four years. Barack Obama, who made history by becoming the first black president in 2008 was taking on Mitt Romney, a successful businessman and multi-millionaire, who ran on a promise to fix the economy and bring jobs back to Americans. 

Click through for an hour-by-hour summary of how election day went down.

[All times in this gallery are eastern standard time]

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