U.S. Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin delivered her victory speech in Madison, Wis., after defeating former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the closely watched race. Baldwin is the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate and the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin. She also helped the Democrats secure a majority in the chamber.
At about 11:20 p.m., major media outlets projected that Barack Obama and Joe Biden had won re-election.
One more look at where President Barack Obama and Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney stand on a selection of issues, in brief:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Nov. 5 heard arguments in a challenge to Arizona’s law criminalizing most abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The ACLU calls the measure the most extreme ban in the country, with the narrowest exception for medical emergencies.
Voters on Nov. 6 approved measures to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine and in Maryland.
A measure to legalize gay marriage in Washington was polling ahead late Nov. 6 while an anti-gay effort to amend the Minnesota constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman was facing defeat.
Tammy Baldwin, who is running against Tommy Thompson for the Senate, will hold her election night party in Madison.
The party will take place at the Monona Terrace, Madison Ballroom, 1 John Nolen Drive, beginning at 8 p.m.
Educators and political leaders say they're worried that a candidate with ties to an anti-gay Topeka church notorious for picketing military funerals could capture a Kansas State Board of Education seat in the general election.
Jack Wu, a Topeka computer programmer, made opposition to teaching evolution the cornerstone of his campaign as the Republican nominee in the 4th District in northeast Kansas against Democratic incumbent Carolyn Campbell, also from Topeka. Wu described evolution as "Satanic lies" and said on a website that public schools were preparing students to be "liars, crooks, thieves, murderers, and perverts."
At about 11:20 p.m., major media outlets projected that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden had won re-election with the addition of Ohio in the Democratic column.
An email from the president to supporters shortly before 11:30 p.m. said, "I'm about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.
Ohio could well decide the next president – the state has chosen the winner in the last 12 presidential elections and it’s pivotal to the strategies of both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
The Ohio winner has usually done particularly well in his party’s traditionally strong areas and better than expected in other regions.
A plan to legalize same-sex marriage and allow gay couples to adopt was a liberal cornerstone of Francois Hollande’s election manifesto earlier this year. It looked like a shoo-in for the French President, supported by a majority of the country, and an easy way to break with his conservative predecessor.
But that was then.
Spain’s Constitutional Court is expected to rule on an appeal against the country’s gay marriage law, seven years after the legislation was approved.
The conservative Popular Party filed the appeal in 2005 on the grounds that ‘‘marriage’’ in the Spanish constitution meant the union of a man and a woman in matrimony.