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President Barack Obama has invited vanquished rival Mitt Romney to lunch at the White House on Thursday. The food should be first-rate. The conversation?

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Exchanging substantive and constructive ideas isn't really the point, of course; both parties likely just want a post-2012 election public burying of animosities.

White House spokesman Jay Carney announced the meal Wednesday in a statement: “It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election.”

There will be no press coverage, of course.

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Newt Gingrich is weighing in on Mitt Romney's controversial comment that President Barack Obama won reelection by promising "gifts" to young and minority voters.

The former U.S. House Speaker, who battled Romney for the Republican nomination this year, pointedly criticized that assertion on two different grounds.

Said Gingrich on PBS:

“I’m very disappointed with Governor Romney’s analysis, which I believe is insulting and profoundly wrong. First of all, we didn’t lose Asian-Americans because they got any gifts."

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Mitt Romney was on the wrong end of the 2012 presidential election results.

Now, adding insult to injury, his Facebook numbers are dropping like mad.

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A new site, DisappearingRomney (dot) com, tracks the GOP candidate's bleeding of "Likes" on the social media site - which once topped 800 per hour - in real time.

Two graphs, “Recent Like Count For Mitt Romney” and “Real Time Like Count for Mitt Romney,” illustrate Romney's downward trajectory as it happens.

12,041,819 people like Mitt Romney. Wait, 12,041,814 ... 12,041,811 ...

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney conceded the 2012 election and congratulated victorious President Barack Obama in a brief speech early this morning.

The former Massachusetts governor ended his political career with kind words for his own family and Obama's, while advocating for the end of divisive partisanship:

Romney made 2012 a real race by closing strong in the last month, but Obama won four more years with a series of key wins in battleground states Tuesday evening.

In his concession speech, Romney seemed at peace with the outcome.

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It all came down to this.

Could Democratic President Barack Obama pull it out and earn another four years in the White House? Or would Republican Mitt Romney be the next Commander-in-Chief?

The 2012 presidential election results took awhile to come into focus, but shortly after 11:00 p.m., the President surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

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Surprised? Outraged? Disgusted? Overjoyed? Relieved?

We'll be updating this post with the full numbers as they come in. For now, and throughout the night, sound off on how you feel about this historic night ...

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In 2000, Al Gore earned 500,000 more votes than George W. Bush, yet lost the presidency.

In 2004, Bush won by 3 million, but 60,000 more Ohio votes would've elected John Kerry.

In 2012, a close election could easily result in a winner who receives fewer votes ... again.

The Electoral College system, everybody!

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America's complex way of choosing a president confuses many voters. It's easy to see why:

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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson says he thinks President Barack Obama will defeat Mitt Romney to win a second term this evening.

“I think Obama’s going to win, that’s what I think,” Johnson said.

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As for his own support, the former New Mexico Governor said: “[My vote is] really spread out ... I don’t think there’s any state I’m going to do better in than another.”

Johnson, who’s on the ballot in 48 states and D.C., hovers in the low single digits in the polls. Still, he says he has no regrets at how things played out.

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The 2012 presidential election is tomorrow, but plenty of states have early voting. At least 30 million people in 34 states have already cast ballots by mail or in person.

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That's a huge percentage of the overall popular vote - about 130 million citizens cast ballots in 2008, when Barack Obama defeated John McCain.

Four years ago, Obama's good fortune was foreshadowed by a surge in Democrats voting early. He's banking on the same enthusiasm in 2012. Will he get it?

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hammering President Obama for a recent campaign speech in which he told the crowd, "voting is the best revenge."

Obama's comment was part a familiar stump speech riff; if audience members boo Romney's name, the president habitually says, "no no, don't boo - vote!"

In Springfield, Ohio, he said just that, adding, "Voting is the best revenge."

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney likened Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts to cleaning up the field after a high school football game ... seriously.

President Barack Obama visited the New Jersey shore on Wednesday with Governor Chris Christie to get an up-close look at storm-damaged coastline.

Meanwhile, Romney was doing his part in Kettering, Ohio, at a campaign rally-turned disaster-relief event. That's when Mitt offered this personal anecdote:

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