Politics
11:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Jack Conway: Kentucky Democrats Suffer No Long-Term Damage After Ben Chandler Loss

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler's defeat in his re-election bid Tuesday  won't  hinder the Kentucky Democratic Party in future years, a party leader said.

But Attorney General Jack Conway also said he’s upset that Kentucky will have only one Democratic congressman for the next two years -- Rep. John Yarmuth in the Third District.

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Politics
9:48 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republicans Keep The House; Democrats To Retain Senate

Democrat Elizabeth Warren takes the stage after defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race on Tuesday.
Michael Dwyer AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 6:45 am

Republicans have easily maintained their hold on the House, while missteps from Tea Party favorites helped Democrats retain a majority in the Senate.

That means the two chambers of Congress remain deeply divided, with prospects for agreement on such big-ticket items as deficits, tax rates and climate change unclear.

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Politics
8:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

John Yarmuth, Now Sole Democrat in State Delegation, Takes Aim at Mitch McConnell

Congressman John Yarmuth standing with Senator Rand Paul
Credit Phillip Bailey / WFPL News

With Rep. Ben Chandler's loss last night to Republican challenger Andy Barr, John Yarmuth of Louisville is now the only Democrat in Kentucky's federal delegation.

But he's now working on plans to bring more of his colleagues from the commonwealth to Washington after the 2014 election.

“I welcome the opportunity to be the spokesperson for a national policy that espouses a support for the middle class in the country," Yarmuth said in an interview with WFPL News.

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Barack Obama
7:54 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Audio And Transcript: Obama's Victory Speech

President Obama speaks at his election night party Wednesday in Chicago after defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:35 pm

Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. 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.)

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

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Mitt Romney
7:53 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 5:50 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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Politics
7:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

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

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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.
Win McNamee Getty Images

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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