Election 2012

2:55pm

Sat November 10, 2012
It's All Politics

In Tied Race, Candidate's Wife Didn't Vote

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 6:23 pm

A tied city council race in Kentucky could be decided by a coin flip β€” after one candidate's wife didn't vote on Election Day.
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Here's a lighter story to round-out this election week.

On Tuesday, 27-year-old Bobby McDonald ran for one of six city council seats in the town of Walton, Ky., population 3,724.

"The night of Election Day, I was watching the results come in," he told NPR's Guy Raz. "And I ended up in a tie with the other candidate."

McDonald was tied 669-669 with his opponent, Olivia Ballou.

"There're many ways you can tie," McDonald said. "But in my situation, I let my wife sleep in and not go vote that day. And she's mad at me cause I did not wake her up."

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11:29am

Sat November 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Four Days Later, Florida Declares For Obama

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 7:52 pm

A worker prepares boxes of absentee ballots to be scanned at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department on Tuesday.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Four days after the polls closed, Florida has announced that President Obama won the state's 29 electoral votes. As the AP writes:

"That gives the president a total of 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney's 206. Florida officials said Obama had 50 percent of the vote to Romney's 49.1 percent, a margin of about 74,000 votes."

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3:43am

Sat November 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Why Election Day Was Sort Of Like Mother's Day

New Hampshire Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan and Gov. John Lynch visit with fourth-graders from Derry, N.H., at the Statehouse on Thursday in Concord. Come January, Hassan will govern a state where β€” for the first time β€” all U.S. senators and representatives also are women.
Jim Cole AP

I'd like to thank Carol Shea-Porter, Ann McLane Kuster, Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte, Maggie Hassan and ... Jocelyn Chertoff.

On Tuesday, Democrats Shea-Porter and McLane Kuster won congressional seats from New Hampshire. They'll join Democratic Sen. Shaheen and Republican Sen. Ayotte in the nation's capital in January when the 113th Congress convenes β€” giving New Hampshire the first-in-the-nation all-female congressional delegation.

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12:24pm

Fri November 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Feat: Not Just Winning But How He Won

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 1:50 pm

President Obama greets the crowd after a Sept. 22 speech in Milwaukee.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Maybe it's just math, but it may also be a great political accomplishment.

President Obama has put together a coalition that's not only been a winner for him, but promises to pay dividends to his party for years to come.

A mix of minorities, young people and educated white professionals has now driven him to two majority-vote presidential victories β€” the first Democrat to pull that off since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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9:26am

Fri November 9, 2012
It's All Politics

In Hindsight, Those Presidential Polls Looked Just Fine

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 10:49 am

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaves the podium after conceding the presidency in Boston.
Rick Wilking/Pool Getty Images

For as much criticism as pollsters endured in the run-up to Election Day, a look back shows many of them hit very close to the bull's-eye for the presidential race β€” but some did better than others.

Take the venerable Gallup. It had Mitt Romney at 49 percent and President Obama at 48 percent in a poll published Monday, a day before the voting. And when undecided voters were split up among candidates, Gallup put the figure at 50 percent Romney, 49 percent Obama.

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