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19 Photos Of Election Night In America Through The Years

Here's a look back at the nail-biters, landslides, victories and concessions on election night in the United States.

Posted on November 8, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. ET

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Gov. Franklin Roosevelt reads the happy returns to onlookers at Hotel Biltmore, Nov. 8, 1932.

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President Roosevelt celebrates his re-election to the United States presidency with his family in Hyde Park, New York, November 1936.

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A crowd of people, including a US Navy sailor holding a picture of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, gather in Times Square, New York, November 1944.

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A man adjusts information on a chalkboard as presidential election night polling results are fed to him via headphones in New York City, Nov. 2, 1948.

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Sen. John F. Kennedy's siblings watching voting results on election night, November 1960.

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Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter speaks at a podium on election night in Atlanta, November 1976.

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President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy watching four network television programs on election night, November 1984.

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Vice President George H. W. Bush making a thumbs up sign, with wife Barbara on election night, November 1988.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton celebrate victory on election night in November 1992, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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President George H. W. Bush gives an election night concession speech, November 1992.


Celebrants at the Democratic National Committee victory party on Nov. 5, 1996 in Washington shout as President Bill Clinton is projected the winner over Republican Bob Dole.


Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole waves to supporters during his concession speech on Nov. 5, 1996.

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President Bill Clinton watches election returns along with Vice President Al Gore during election night in Little Rock, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 1996.

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Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. George W. Bush waits in anticipation for election results with his father, President George H. W. Bush, in Austin, on Nov. 7, 2000.

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President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush are joined by family to watch election returns in the White House on Nov. 02, 2004 in Washington, DC.

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A crowd in Grant Park, Chicago, reacts as it is announced on a large screen that Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States on Nov. 4, 2008.

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President-elect Barack Obama and his family walk onto the stage at his election night party at Grant Park in Chicago, Nov. 4, 2008.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to supporters at the podium as he concedes the presidency at his election night event on Nov. 7, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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President Barack Obama waves to supporters at his election-night headquarters as he celebrates his re-election on Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.

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