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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (AP Photo)

Top Senate Republican says pressure's now on Obama

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, said early Wednesday that since President Obama won re-election, it's now up to him to propose ways to avoid massive tax increases and spending cuts that are due to take effect in early January.

**FILE** President Obama plays basketball with former NBA player Bruce Bowen on April 9, 2012, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. (Associated Press)

On game day, Obama will shoot hoops

While President Obama and his team are publicly exuding confidence ahead of Tuesday's election, they're still engaging in some superstitious pre-election rituals — like playing pickup basketball.

Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Virginia, former Gov. Tim Kaine, runs to the stage to speak at a rally where President Obama and former President Bill Clinton appear later, Saturday night, Nov. 3, 2012, in Bristow, Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Virginia Senate race tops $52M in outside spending

The Virginia Senate race between former governors George Allen and Tim Kaine has topped $52 million in spending by outside groups, including nonprofits that do not disclose their donors, making it by far the most popular congressional race in the country among the newly legalized independent groups.

David Axelrod (left), senior adviser for the Obama campaign, and David Plouffe, White House senior adviser, talk during a campaign event for President Obama on Nov. 2, 2012, at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Top Obama aides express confidence in ground game

Top Obama campaign advisers dismissed national polls indicating Tuesday's presidential race is a dead heat, saying an advantage in early voting and the president's extensive ground game in battleground states nearly guarantee a Democratic victory.

President Obama gives a thumbs up to a supporter at a campaign rally at the Community College of Aurora in Aurora, Colo. on Nov. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

High schoolers pick Obama

High school students from across the country voted to give President Obama another term in one of the nation's largest mock elections.

President Obama greets supporters after speaking at a campaign event near the Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Online wagerers favoring Obama

Political-betting websites that allow wagers on Tuesday's elections increasingly favor President Obama to be re-elected as betting heats up on the final day before voting.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Orlando Sanford International Airport on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Romney tells Florida that 'a new beginning' starts tomorrow

Mitt Romney kicked off his final full day of campaigning with a rally inside an airport hangar here in Florida, the first of four scheduled stops that will wrap up the Republican presidential nominee's second bid for the White House and set the table for voters to tap the next commander-in-chief.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (right), the Republican presidential candidate, steps offstage with his wife, Ann, after a speech at a campaign event at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Romney predicts Pennsylvania victory

On his second-last day of campaigning, Mitt Romney traveled Sunday to Pennsylvania, where he was looking to connect on a late-game "Hail Mary" by becoming the first Republican to win the Keystone State since George H. W. Bush won here in 1988.