It sometimes seemed it would never happen, but it has. The 2012 presidential election is over.
The robocalls have stopped. The ads are gone. There are no new polls for pundits to pick apart, no new stump speech sound bites to discuss, no advisers spinning data points.
The people have spoken, and they have invited President Barack Obama to spend another 4 years in the White House.
As those of you who read my blog regularly already know, I was cautiously optimistic about this election. I never, ever take for granted that things will go a certain way in any election, particularly not one as hotly contested and as closely run as this one has been. With all of the possibilities for chaos and confusion, I truly did not know what would end up being the final word yesterday, or even if there WOULD be a final word yesterday.