It was a national waiting game, but locally as Democratic wins started to pour in, the focus shifted to the presidential race.
President Barack Obama has faced fierce campaigning from Republican challenger Mitt Romney. It was a tight race for the President, facing opposition in the midst of a weak economy, high unemployment rates and uncertainty over Obama care.
"It said Obama had Ohio then all of a sudden they changed it back to white so it's a hair pulling experience."
Obama won the crucial swing states of Virginia, Nevada, Iowa and Colorado. And just after 11 Tuesday night, Obama's fate was decided by Ohio. He secured his seat as the 44th President.
"The president's worked very hard. I think most people actually blame Republican policies for the financial crisis. I think they know the President's worked very, very hard. They know he is not satisfied. He is earnest, hard-working and I think at the day end of the day he connects with more Americans and they want him to continue the work he's doing,” said Joe Morelle, Monroe County Democratic Chair.
"It means four more years of Obama and with that I'm not going to be pleased. I would hope the President would be a little more receptive to reaching across the aisle rather than trying to cram an agenda through without concern for other points of view and if he's able to do that I think it would be good for everybody, said Bill Reilich, Monroe County Republican Chair.
Democrats were elated after hearing the win.
"I fell to my knees, it was beyond amazing."
One voter took the power of her vote very seriously and reached out to other states.
"I physically sent 2,000 buttons to Virginia and other states. I was phone banking in Detroit last weekend," said Michelle Daniels.
The President celebrated his victory in Chicago, initially thanking his viewers via Twitter. Votes show President Obama convinced the majority of voters to stick with him through one of the worst recessions in history.
And now America will be watching.