U.S. President Barack Obama hugs resident Debbie Ingenito as he tours a hurricane battered Staten Island neighborhood in New York November 15, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)
The magnitude of Obama's win in last week's presidential election is becoming apparent, and he did it with the largest gender gap ever recorded--18 percent.
Until the popular vote is fully counted and the totals are certified by each state's board of elections, we won't know exactly what this year's electorate looked like. But we can glean a great deal of information from exit polling.
Before the official tally can be recorded, each state must finish counting outstanding absentee and provisional ballots, many of which come from overseas.
In total, about 122 million people voted in this year's election.
Barack Obama won about 50.6 percent of their votes, or just under 61 million. Mitt Romney won about 47.8 percent of the vote, just under 58 million, but Obama's margin could grow to more than 3 percent once all the votes are in.
While Obama only had about a 2.5 percent margin of victory in the popular vote, he won the Electoral College 332 to 206, counting Florida's 29 votes, which aren't yet official, but make no difference to the end result either way.
That's nearly 62 percent of the Electoral College, a landslide by any measure.
As in 2008, Obama won the women's vote by a large margin, taking 55 percent of female votes. But Obama lost the men's vote, receiving only 45 percent of votes cast by men, unlike in 2008, when he also carried the male vote.
Romney did win the votes of white women, carrying them 56 percent to Obama's 42 percent.
But like the rest of the population, women of color voted overwhelmingly for Obama.
A whopping 96 percent of black women voted for Obama, along with 76 percent of Latino women.