Politics

6:58am

Tue November 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Voters To Settle Tight And Turbulent Presidential Battle

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 8:08 am

Supporters attend a Mitt Romney rally Monday in Columbus, Ohio.
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As Americans go to the polls, one of the closest presidential races in years may be determined by a state in the Midwest and a hurricane named Sandy.

After a campaign that has cost some $6 billion, the two candidates are in the same place they started: with President Obama a smidgen ahead of challenger Mitt Romney, so close that differences are in most cases statistically insignificant.

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5:57am

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

House Seats Up For Grabs, Third Of Senate Seats

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:18 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The race for president has been at the heart of this election season. Let's turn now to the intense and expensive battle going on for control of the House and the Senate.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The next Congress will be losing some famous names, like Barney Frank, Joe Lieberman and Ron Paul - all retiring. Today, one-third of the Senate and all 435 seats in the House are up for grabs.

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5:53am

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Spends Election Day In Chicago

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:18 pm

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SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: And I'm Scott Horsley, traveling with the Obama campaign. Actually, the president's campaign travel is finished. Mr. Obama spent the night at his own home in Chicago. Today's plans call for some TV and radio interviews and maybe a game of basketball with some friends. Mr. Obama's last reelection rally came last night in Iowa, where 20,000 people gathered just outside the caucus headquarters where he launched his first presidential campaign more than five years ago.

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5:51am

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Sets Last-Minute Election Day Appearances

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:18 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

This is a day that many Americans will spend staring at maps of the United States.

INSKEEP: Some who are not staring already have the electoral map in their heads, as they calculate ways that President Obama or Mitt Romney can win 270 electoral votes.

MONTAGNE: In order to win, President Obama would need to hang on to painfully close leads in several states.

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5:41am

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Examining Early Voting In Swing States

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:18 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Our next guest has been keeping track of trends in early voting. Michael McDonald directs the U.S. Election Project at George Mason University in Virginia. And he joins us now to talk about that.

Good morning.

MICHAEL MCDONALD: Good morning to you.

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5:41am

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Presidential Vote May Outshine State Ballot Initiatives

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:18 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Many Americans will spend extra time at the polls today, not just choosing candidates but also making law. They will vote on a variety of state ballot initiatives, which Josh Goodman of the Pew Center on the States is tracking.

I've printed out here a list of ballot initiatives in various states. And it's more than a page long. It's a ridiculous number. The Oregon Gillnet Fishing Initiative, the Utah Military Property Tax Exemption Amendment, Constitutional Amendment B 2012. We could go on for quite some time. This is quite a list.

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5:41am

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Florida's Early Voting Outcome Differs From 2008

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:18 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On Election Day, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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5:41am

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Presidential Campaigns Couldn't Do It Without Volunteers

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:18 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

So many people are so cynical about politicians who give us so many reasons to be cynical, that it's easy to overlook the many Americans who believe. They believe in a candidate, believe in an issue, believe in democracy or at least believe they need to fend off the other guy.

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5:41am

Tue November 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Sandy Forces N.J. To Change Voting Rules

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:18 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Eleven years ago, September 11, 2001, was a voting day in New York City, a primary election for mayor. After that day's attacks the vote was postponed. But in the end, New Yorkers held the November general election on time, voting in Michael Bloomberg, who remains in office today.

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5:41am

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

GOP Has Edge In Colorado's Early Voting

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:18 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, let's talk next about Colorado, where Republicans edged ahead in early voting, the same early voting that was key to Democratic success back in 2008. Kirk Siegler of member station KUNC has our story.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Early voting at polling stations like this one in downtown Denver ended this past Friday, but yesterday there was a steady stream of voters dropping off their mail-in ballots.

PAMELA MALONE: Well, I was just turning in my vote before the final last hours...

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