Well, that about does it. Billions of dollars, millions of voters, thousands of workers and hundreds of small, dumb, inexplicably high-profile issues. But at some point, we were bound to get to the actual election. Candidates campaigned, voters voted. And then, almost as quickly as it began, it was over.
(Just kidding, nothing about this felt like it happened quickly; it’s easy to forget now that it’s in our rearview mirror, but this election was a nightmarish hellscape that began years ago and felt like it lasted for decades. And you have approximately five minutes to digest this one before we begin the long, slow slog toward 2016.)
President Obama was reelected (you already know this, obviously, but I still had to mention it early).
To read, in case you don’t feel like sitting through two speeches because you have already heard enough speeches for a lifetime: The transcript of President Obama’s speech. The transcript of Governor Romney’s speech.