Politics

11:33am

Wed October 31, 2012
All Politics Are Local

Hey Abigael, We're Sorry... [Updated]

Screencap of a disheartened Abigael from a video uploaded by Elizabeth Evans
YouTube.com

You may have seen this taking off across the web Wednesday. 4-year-old Abigael Evans and her mom were listening in Fort Collins to NPR election coverage when this happened...

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9:56am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse — And Could Give Obama A Boost

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 1:08 pm

An attendee holds up a button at a speech by President Obama on Sept. 17 in Cincinnati.
Carolyn Kaster AP

8:53am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Presidential Race: What If There Are Two Winners?

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 2:10 pm

Kimberly Fisher cast her ballot Wednesday at a polling place at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.
Alex Brandon AP

Even before Hurricane Sandy came roaring up the East Coast, political prognosticators were worried about next week's election being thrown into chaos and confusion.

The reason is that with the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney so close, there's a possibility of something other than a clean outcome.

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5:10am

Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

There's No Contingency Plan If Disaster Strikes On Election Day

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 11:36 am

A crowd listens at a rally with former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. President Obama canceled his appearance to return to the White House to monitor Hurricane Sandy. Both campaigns have urged supporters whose states allow early voting to vote as soon as possible.
John Moore Getty Images

Suppose Sandy had struck a week later. With power out across multiple states, how would people be able to vote on Election Day?

"If this were happening next week, we have no provisions for dealing with this in law," says Thad Hall, a political scientist at the University of Utah.

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2:26am

Wed October 31, 2012
All Tech Considered

The Night A Computer Predicted The Next President

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 11:55 pm

Walter Cronkite (right) listens as Dr. J. Presper Eckert (center) describes the functions of the UNIVAC I computer he helped develop in the early 1950s.
AP

Some milestone moments in journalism converged 60 years ago on election night in the run between Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democratic Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson. It was the first coast-to-coast television broadcast of a presidential election. Walter Cronkite anchored his first election night broadcast for CBS.

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