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Trail Mix: Staff doesn't shave & Obama wins

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  • Superstitions play role in Obama campaign
  • How long would you wait to vote?
There were plenty of superstitions inside the Obama campaign in play over the past few days.

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It’s Over!

And, somewhat shockingly, it was over by just after 11 p.m. last night. No recounts and no 10-day provisional ballot wait in Ohio. And while we didn’t know who won Florida on Tuesday night, unlike in 2000 we didn’t care!

If it works…

Why did Obama win last night? Key support from women and Latinos were certainly a major factor and an impressive voter-outreach initiative sure helped. But what about not shaving?

The CNN Political Ticker reports there were plenty of superstitions inside the Obama campaign in play over the past few days. Male staffers didn’t shave and Obama’s staff watched the president’s final rally in Des Moines from the same restaurant where they ate in 2008 – and even ordered chicken wings, just like they did four years ago.

The president himself was involved in probably the most well-known tradition: playing basketball on Election Day. Rather than campaigning like Mitt Romney, Obama hit the court in Chicago with players that included former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen. According to those who played, Obama’s team won by around 20 points.

Mitt Romney: In his own words

On his last campaign flight, flying home to Boston to watch the election returns Tuesday evening, Mitt Romney spoke to reporters on a variety of topics. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Do you have two speeches written for tonight?

A: I just finished writing a victory speech. It's about 1,118 words. And, uh, I'm sure it will change before I'm finished, because I haven't passed it around to my family and friends and advisors to get their reaction, but I've only written one speech at this point.

Q: What are you most looking forward to doing as a non-candidate?

A: You know, assuming I win, my mind will immediately focus on the transition, the work that has to be done, the gathering of the people to carry out the work that we have. And I can't imagine that I'll be able to unwind. I think, instead, it's winding tighter. So I don't look post-election to be a time of regrouping. Instead, it's a time of forward focus. And the prospect of losing, I don't give that a lot of thought. I know it's possible and, because there's nothing certain in politics, but I have, of course, a family and a life that are important to me, win or lose.

Q:  Did you surprise yourself in any way over the last two years?

A: I expected to be more tired, given the number of events and the hours. And I think I got energy from the people that I spent time with whether at the rope line or the rallies. You know when you have 10,000 people cheering you, you get a real boost from it. And so I have not been tired by the process. And frankly have enjoyed it a good deal. It's very exciting. I think the general election campaign is particularly invigorating as you see people come together and support the effort.

Four-hour wait to vote

How long would you stand in line to do your democratic duty? For some in Virginia last night, it was around four hours. Shortly after polls closed at 7 p.m. ET, the Virginia Secretary of State's Office announced that the state would suspend reporting results because so many people were still in line that they didn’t want to unduly influence their votes.

He also announced that anyone in line as of 7 p.m. ET would be allowed to cast ballots, but it would take a while. At his 10:30 p.m. ET update, the Secretary of State's Office said voters were still casting ballots in Prince William County, Virginia Beach and Norfolk and likely wouldn’t be done until around 11 p.m. ET.

Must Reads:

The Washington Post: Guess what? The polls were right.

CNN: Five things we learned on election night

POLITICO: What’s next for the GOP?

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