Politics
7:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republicans Pick Up Seats in Kentucky House, Fall Short of Majority

Overall, Tuesday provided a great night for Kentucky Republicans, who narrowed their minority Kentucky House of Representatives.

But the GOP fell well short of their goal of winning 10 seats and taking control of the state House. 

Even though they remain the minority, GOP spokesman Joe Burgan says his party has reason to celebrate.

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It's All Politics
11:52 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term

President Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night in Chicago.
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Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 6:58 am

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Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.

"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president.

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It's All Politics
11:52 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 11:54 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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Politics
11:49 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Donnelly Defeats Mourdock for Indiana Senate Seat

Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly is touting his victory over Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race as a score for moderation.

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Politics
11:44 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Massie Wins in Fourth District Congressional Race

U.S. Congress

Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District seat will remain Republican.

Republican Thomas Massie has defeated Democrat Bill Adkins for the seat vacated by Geoff (Jeff) Davis last summer.

Tea Party supporters gave Massie a large financial boost in the primary elections to help him beat two well known Republicans.

Massie says the Tea Party has a strong presence in Congress and District 4 constituents have similar concerns: jobs and the economy.

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Politics
11:38 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

John Yarmuth Cruises to Victory

U.S. Congress

Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth has won re-election by 30 percentage points over Republican challenger Brooks Wicker in the Third Congressional District race.

Wicker had struggled throughout the race to raise money for the campaign and didn’t run any TV ads. The race was never considered close, and observers argue the wide margin this year makes Yarmuth tougher to beat in future elections.

Yarmuth says he hopes the message of the race is that he listens to constituents but is able to explain how policies in Washington affect their lives.

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Education
10:34 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

No Pro-Neighborhood Schools, Anti-Tax Candidates Win JCPS Seats

The three Jefferson County Board of Education district races have been called and they include candidates with similar views for improving student achievement.

In the closest race, Chuck Haddaway beat his three District 4 opponents -- one backed by the Jefferson County Teacher's Association -- to represent areas of southwestern Jefferson County.

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Politics
10:10 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

GOP Candidate Pence Elected Indiana Governor

Republican Mike Pence has been elected governor of Indiana. 

Pence is a current six-term U.S. Congressman who represents the district east of Indianapolis. He ran against former Indiana House speaker John Gregg, a Democrat, and Libertarian Rupert Boneham, who was once a contestant on the reality show “Survivor.”

The race was tighter than initially expected, with Gregg and Pence virtually neck-in-neck all evening.

Politics
9:42 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Clark Defeats Thieneman in District 37 Senate Race

Kentucky state Senator Perry Clark, a Democrat, has been reelected to the District 37 seat in southwest Louisville.

Clark beat Republican challenger Chris Thieneman with 58 percent of the vote. Thieneman outspent Clark in the race, but was plagued in the last weeks of his campaign with a lawsuit that questioned his residency. With Clark’s win, the lawsuit is essentially rendered moot, and Clark says he’s confident he would have won even without the legal challenge.

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Politics
8:33 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Live Blog: Battleground

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:11 pm

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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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