Election 2012

Here you'll find KCUR's & NPR's local & national coverage of the 2012 campaign season and the November 6th election.

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Government
8:23 am
Tue November 6, 2012

PHOTO: Mitt And Ann Romney Cast Their Ballots In Massachusetts

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann Romney vote in Belmont, Mass., on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

The Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann cast their ballots near their home in Belmont, Mass. this morning.

Garrett Jackson, Romney's assistant, has been keeping a close record on Twitter of Romney's Election Day movements.

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Government
7:08 am
Tue November 6, 2012

It's Election Day: 10 Headlines That Tell Today's Story

A woman is accompanied by her dog as she casts her vote on in South Philadelphia, Pa.
Jessica Kourkounis Getty Images

It's finally here! It's Election Day. After months of campaigning and some $2 billion spent by both campaigns, it means political junkies will finally get some answers and those who aren't too enamored with Washington, will stop seeing ads on TV.

With that, here are 10 headlines that tell today's story:

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Election 2012
6:03 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Guide For The Day: An Election Day Timeline

Voters fill out their ballots on the first day of early voting on Oct. 27 in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The finish line is in sight as voters make their final decisions on Election Day. Here's a guide to key times of the day across the nation. Stay with NPR throughout the day as we follow the presidential race and key battles that will determine control of the House and Senate.

Join NPR to hear live coverage, which begins at 8 p.m. EST on NPR.org and many member stations.

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Election 2012
6:01 am
Tue November 6, 2012

The Battle For Congress: Senate And House Races To Watch

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., shakes hands with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren at their Oct. 1 debate in Lowell, Mass. The race is one of a handful of contests that could determine party control of the Senate.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 6:02 pm

For Republicans itching to regain control of the Senate, Tuesday's election presents a rare opportunity. Only 10 GOP incumbents are on the ballot, compared with nearly two dozen Democrats and independents who caucus with them.

That means the magic number for Republicans is low. They need only a net gain of three or four seats to take over the Senate — and, assuming they keep the U.S. House of Representatives, consolidate their influence on Capitol Hill. Democrats need to pick up 25 seats to seize the House, a goal that political analysts consider all but out of reach.

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It's All Politics
5:58 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Voters To Settle Tight And Turbulent Presidential Battle

Supporters attend a Mitt Romney rally Monday in Columbus, Ohio.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:08 am

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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Election 2012
5:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Predicting Results In Missouri, Clay County As Bellwether

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It's Election Day, and the polls close at 7 p.m. in Kansas and in Missouri.

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Election 2012
12:45 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Are You Responsible For The Outcome Of The Election?

A voter fills out a ballot Sunday in Jersey City, New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie ordered early-voting stations to stay open through the weekend.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:44 am

We've all heard arguments that go something like this: it's not rational to vote, because the probability that your vote will make a difference is vanishingly small. This idea is formalized as "the paradox of not voting," and follows from a simple application of rational-choice theory.

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Election 2012
12:44 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Night #NPRMeetup

Bloggers working from NPR HQ in Washington, D.C., on election night, 2008.
©2008 NPR Photo by Stephen Voss

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 8:42 pm

On election night, NPR reporters won't be the only ones sharing up-to-the-minute news and insights from NPR HQ. For the second straight general election, our Social Media Desk is hosting citizen journalists from across the country — and the political spectrum — to experience election night in person at NPR, as they present their own coverage of the evening's happenings.

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Up to Date
10:27 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Pouring Over Election Day Results With Cocktails

A sidecar.
Evan Swigart

If you've never heard of a Maiden’s Blush or a Parkeroo, you're not alone, but a new book catalogues these and other forgotten cocktails from past generations.

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Government
5:46 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Where To Vote Seen As Quandary In Parts Of Suburban Kansas City

KCUR

The biggest election day problem anticipated by the Johnson County, Kansas Election Commissioner is helping people find the right polling place.

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Election 2012
5:19 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

When Will We Know Who Won?

We'll know who won eventually. But when?
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Everybody tries to predict who will win.

What we wonder, though, is when will we know whether it will be President Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney taking the oath of office next January?

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Election 2012
3:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Cookies, Wax And The Vote: Kids Choose The Next President

Noah Hope, 10, shows off his I Voted sticker during the children's mock Election Day at Madame Tussaud Wax Museum in Washington D.C.
Karen Castillo Farfán NPR

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:14 pm

Election Day is Tuesday, and it's easy to forget about those who don't have a vote — children. But it can be a fun experience if parents take the time to include the kids, and maybe bribe them with a little sugar.

Over the weekend, the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum in Washington D.C, did just that. Kids got to make patriotic sugar cookies, personally meet all the American presidents' wax figures and vote for the next president of the United States.

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Election 2012
2:41 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Live Blog: Battleground

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 1:11 pm

**Refresh this page often for the latest updates.**

A quick head's up on what this is. The Battleground is an aggregation of NPR member stations' content produced during election night. It's curated by the staff at NPR Digital Services, including Eric Athas, Teresa Gorman, Will Snyder, Kim Perry and Erin Teare Martin. The list of participating stations and states is posted at the bottom.

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Election 2012
2:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Moderate Kansas Republicans Suffer Identity Crisis

Some might say the big news in Johnson County elections happened during the primaries, when conservative Republicans beat moderates in four out of five races for state Senate.

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Government
12:19 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

On Election Eve, Obama And Romney Try Blazing A Path To 270

A citizen votes on a paper ballot during the final day of early voting Monday in Lancaster, Ohio.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 8:44 pm

(Revised at 5:46 pm ET)

On the final day of the 2012 campaign for the White House, President Obama and Mitt Romney are making the last push for votes in states each believes critical to achieving the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.

Obama was scheduled to campaign in three swing states, while Romney had events planned in four. The only overlap was in Ohio, considered the linchpin of the election.

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KC Currents
11:35 am
Mon November 5, 2012

KC Currents' Election Special

Missouri considers cigarette sales tax increase.
Credit Elana Gordon

Kansas Voter ID Law Faces Biggest Test

Requiring voters to show a photo ID has been a controversial issue in recent years with many states considering the requirement. A photo ID law got vetoed last year in Missouri, but Kansas lawmakers passed a measure last year requiring a photo ID when voting.  That law got its first test in August.

Farmers Put Aside Differences, Push For Farm Bill

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Government
10:18 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Jobs Are The Focus Of Race For Missouri Governor

Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his Republican challenger Dave Spence.
Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging

Four years ago, Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon was elected by 19 points--a landslide. But this time around, it may not be so easy for him.

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Government
9:59 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Libertarian VP Candidate Hopes For Five Percent

Judge James "Jim" Gray, Libertarian VP nominee.
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In Missouri the Libertarian Party has a full slate of candidates for statewide office. 

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Government
9:32 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Know How To Vote

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In Kansas, voters have until noon today (Monday, November 05, 2012) to cast an advance ballot in person.

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Election 2012
8:08 am
Mon November 5, 2012

What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress

A voter reads her ballot as she prepares to cast her vote during the last day of early voting in Miami on Nov. 3.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:02 am

Tuesday, as those who follow politics probably know, is Election Day. The battle between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been contentious, expensive, personal, illuminating, ugly, frustrating, petty, enlightening and, above all, long. And it is expected to be close.

This week's Political Junkie column is an attempt to guide you to what's at stake on Tuesday, both in the contest for the White House as well as the 33 Senate and 435 House seats on the ballot.

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Election 2012
4:10 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Time's Running Out For Missouri's Todd Akin

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin addresses supporters during a campaign event Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 9:44 am

It may be too little, too late for Rep. Todd Akin.

The Republican candidate for Senate from Missouri is seeing an influx of money in the closing days of his campaign. Still, it would come as a surprise to seasoned observers in the state if Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill went down to defeat.

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Government
4:48 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Campaign Accelerators Pressed In Missouri Senate Campaigns

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Leading into weekend campaigning, supporters of the two leading candidates for the U.S. Senate race in Missouri show no sign of slackening efforts.

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Government
11:58 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Battle For Conservative Label In Missouri Lieutenant Governor’s Race

A still from Susan Montee's ad, in which she takes aim at the financial scandals surrounding opponent Peter Kinder.

While the Governor and U.S. Senate races in Missouri have attracted more attention, the campaign for the Lt. Governor’s office has heated up after a quiet lull that followed the August primaries. 

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Election 2012
9:22 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

McCaskill Looks To GOP Votes

Senator Claire McCaskill, flanked by 5th District Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, says she expects some Republican votes. Both are seeking re-election.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Seeking re-election, Mo. Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said she expects crossover support from Republicans who will vote for Mitt Romney for President and are displeased with her opponent, Todd Akin.

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Health
12:58 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Health Exchange At Heart Of Missouri’s Proposition E

Lidor Flickr

Proposition E specifically asks voters:

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Government
9:30 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Kansas Voter ID Law Faces Biggest Test

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Requiring voters to show a photo ID has been a controversial issue in recent years with many states considering the requirement. 

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Election 2012
12:02 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Gingrich Boosts Akin In Missouri

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, campaigning for Senate candidate Todd Akin in Kansas City.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called the Missouri Senate race unique among other contests in the country.

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Government
4:23 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy Could Dent The Vote, But It's Unclear If It Hurts Obama Or Romney More

First responders rescue flood-stranded people in Little Ferry, N.J., on Tuesday.
Craig Ruttle AP

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 10:36 pm

With the death, destruction, flooding, power outages and transportation disruptions caused by Sandy the Superstorm, it may seem crass to ask about the impact on next week's election.

But here's a question: Could the trail of devastation left by the storm in a part of the nation whose states are generally colored blue in presidential races depress turnout in those states, especially among Democrats?

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Government
5:13 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

McCaskill's Mother, A Stalwart Missouri Democrat, Dies At 84

An announcement from the campaign staff of Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said the Senator's mother has died.

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Government
4:49 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Family Illness Sidelines McCaskill, Akin To Tout Newt

Joyce Johnson fears agenda of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill continues to let surrogates campaign for her reelection bid.

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