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1:11 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Business, Labor Groups Laud Obama Victory

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:17 am

Exit polls showed the economy was Issue No. 1 with voters in this presidential election. And it didn't take long for labor organizers and business leaders to start offering their thoughts on the re-election of President Obama.

Because of White House policies, the U.S. economy is "beginning to pick up steam," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. He cheered Obama's win and put congressional Republicans on notice that Democrats will focus on "ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich and opposing any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits."

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It's All Politics
12:51 am
Wed November 7, 2012

On The Issues: How Obama Prevailed

A celebration with cardboard cutout of President Obama in front of the White House early Wednesday morning.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:17 am

President Obama won re-election despite an economy struggling to recover from recession and deep reservations about his signature first-term achievement, the nation's new health care law.

NPR's Liz Halloran explained how Obama's campaign organization helped him overcome these and other challenges. Here, NPR reporters have more about his challenges and successes in the areas of the economy, national security, energy and health care:

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Election 2012
12:25 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney concedes the presidential election at a campaign event in Boston.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:50 am

Transcript of Mitt Romney's concession speech in the presidential race in Boston. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

(Cheers, applause.)

MITT ROMNEY: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you.

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It's All Politics
12:10 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Post-'Citizens United' Senate Snapshot: Money Doesn't Guarantee Victory

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is joined by his wife and daughter in celebrating his Senate victory over Republican George Allen.
Mike Theiler UPI /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:17 am

The battle to control the Senate was a proving ground for the new Citizens United politics. Outside groups unleashed heavily funded barrages of attack ads meant to help elect candidates while letting them keep their distance from the nastiness.

In Ohio and Virginia, the tactic failed in rather dramatic ways, as Republicans backed by secretly financed ads failed to beat seemingly vulnerable Democrats.

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It's All Politics
10:50 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Obama's Win Powered By Organization, If Not Ideas

Martha Nunez, 53, of the Bronx, reacts to President Obama's victory Tuesday.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 10:54 pm

The euphoria of Barack Obama's supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas.

To retain the White House, Obama managed to overcome the handicap of an economy just finding its footing after a devastating recession, and an unemployment rate higher than it's been under any president seeking re-election since Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

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It's All Politics
9:47 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

A Possible Sweep For Gay Marriage Measures

Maine voters overturned a gay marriage law through a citizens' veto in 2009. Maine voted again on the issue today, thanks to an initiative put on the ballot by voter petition. Above, gay marriage supporters gather at a rally outside of City Hall in Portland on Sept. 10.
Joel Page AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:55 pm

For the first time, voters have approved gay marriage rights. Three years after they rejected a similar measure, Maine voters have approved a gay-marriage initiative.

Maryland voters also approved a gay marriage measure Tuesday, upholding a law that had been enacted by the state legislature in March. A gay marriage proposal was also leading in Washington State, while a ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota was defeated.

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It's All Politics
9:46 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Black Voters Turned Out For Obama

African-American turnout and enthusiasm for Obama are matching levels seen four years ago. Above, voters wait in a long line in Detroit, Mich., on Tuesday.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:29 am

Despite some pre-election speculation that enthusiasm might have dampened for President Obama among African-Americans, this key constituency is turning out in force.

The black share of the electorate nationwide thus far is 13 percent — matching the record level seen in 2008, according to exit polls. African-American turnout in Ohio is higher than it was four years ago.

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It's All Politics
9:10 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Heavy Turnout, Confusion Over Voter ID Causes Some Issues

Voters stand in line as they prepare to cast their votes in Hialeah, Fla., on Tuesday.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 9:24 pm

Ever since the surreal presidential election of 2000, voter access on Election Day has come under increased scrutiny. Tuesday was no different, with heavy turnout and confusion over new laws causing some issues.

But even in battleground states, there were few reports of major problems by late evening.

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This Is NPR
9:06 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

NPR Election Night Command Center: Studio 4A

Match the seat numbers from this chart to the list below to find learn more about the key players and their role in NPR's live election coverage. See a larger version of the chart.
NPR

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:14 pm

When you listen to the election results on your local NPR Member Station tonight, you'll hear a seamless seven-hour (or more) broadcast capturing the country on election day, including voters in counties pivotal, and not; politicos vouching for their candidates' confidence, or offering words of conceit; and NPR reporters at campaign headquarters or packed with people in close quarters awaiting the outcome.

But what you hear on-air or read at NPR.org is only one piece of the story.

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Election 2012
7:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Independent Voters Could Be Key In Florida

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And now on to the biggest state that is really a contested battleground. I mean, we assume New York and California are barely contested by Republicans and Texas is assumed to go to Republican.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Texas, yeah.

SIEGEL: But with 29 electoral votes, Florida is always a state we look at. And our own Debbie Elliott is in Tampa at the Republican Party event there. And, Debbie, who are the key constituencies in Florida who are thought to be the ones who will decide who wins this day today?

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