It is now, to paraphrase, all over but the counting.

As we head into what is expected to be a long night, I wanted to let you know that the NAM will be offering rapid reaction and analysis throughout the evening on key federal races.

Here are some quick hits and expectations at the outset of tonight, one of the most important elections of our lifetimes.

Regardless of what happens at the top of the ticket, I believe this election will bring with it the election of perhaps more than 70 freshman members of the House and Senate – offering at least the potential of breaking through the partisan logjam that has enveloped Washington in recent years.

A re-election of President Obama will almost certainly mean the Democrats retaining control of the Senate and Republicans staying on top in the House.

But a selection of Governor Romney as our new President could very well mean a swing in Senate control – depending on his margin of victory.

Both candidates for President spent a great deal of time talking about manufacturing, but the down-ticket House races represent an opportunity for manufacturing to really make their voices heard and it will be exciting to track these results as they unfold.

One thing is certain – in this campaign, the voice of manufacturing has been heard more clearly than ever.

Ned Monroe is senior vice president of external affairs, National Association of Manufacturers.

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