President Obama ended up crushing Mitt Romney in the Electoral College vote, soaring above 300 electoral votes when he needed just 270 for re-election.
But the popular vote was insanely close.
With 75 percent of precincts reporting, Obama held a razor-thin lead:
Just before that, with 73 percent reporting, Romney actually held a lead in the popular vote.
Obama ended the night with 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206. But the popular vote was shaking out like this as final counts were made:
As Romney delayed the president’s victory speech by delaying his concession, the closeness of the popular vote may have factored into his camp’s decision to delay the inevitable.