2012 Election Coverage http://apr.org en Alabama Voting Slightly Off 2008 Pace http://apr.org/post/alabama-voting-slightly-2008-pace <P>Alabama's voter turnout for Tuesday's election was slightly less than the unusually high performance four years ago.</P> <P>Secretary of State Beth Chapman said Wednesday the turnout for the general election was 72.4 percent. More than 73 percent of Alabama's voters participated in 2008. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:43:32 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20414 at http://apr.org Alabama Voting Slightly Off 2008 Pace Live Blog: Battleground http://apr.org/post/live-blog-battleground **Refresh this page often for the latest updates.**<p class="p2">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.<p class="p2"><strong>The big story tonight is that Obama has been projected to win a second term as President. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:31:15 +0000 editor 20320 at http://apr.org Live Blog: Battleground 10 Former And Current Justices Endorse Bob Vance http://apr.org/post/10-former-and-current-justices-endorse-bob-vance <P>Four of the justices who served on the Alabama Supreme Court with former Chief Justice Roy Moore are among 10 bipartisan former and current justices who have signed a letter endorsing Moore's opponent in the Nov. 6 chief justice election.</P> <P>Moore's opponent in the chief justice race, Democrat Bob Vance, held a news conference Tuesday in front of the Alabama Judicial Building to release the letter.</P> <P>Four of those who signed the letter were on the court on Nov. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:34:25 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20003 at http://apr.org 10 Former And Current Justices Endorse Bob Vance VP Candidate Ryan to Visit Alabama for Fundraiser http://apr.org/post/vp-candidate-ryan-visit-alabama-fundraiser <P>Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is coming to Alabama for a private fundraiser.</P> <DIV> <P>Ryan is scheduled to be in Huntsville for the event on Friday morning.</P> <P>The event is closed to the public, and an announcement from the Alabama GOP says it costs thousands of dollars just to get in.</P> <P>People who give $1,000 can attend a general reception, and anyone donating $5,000 to the Republican campaign gets a photo made with Ryan.</P> <P>Anyone wanting to participate in a roundtable discussion must donate $25,000 or raise $50,000 for the campaign.</P> <P><BR>Co Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:56:58 +0000 The Associated Press 19806 at http://apr.org VP Candidate Ryan to Visit Alabama for Fundraiser Colin Powell Endorses Obama Again http://apr.org/post/colin-powell-endorses-obama-again Saying that "I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on" and that fellow Republican Mitt Romney has not "thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have," former secretary of state and retired Gen. Colin Powell this morning endorsed President Obama's re-election bid.<p>Powell made the announcement on <em>CBS This Morning</em>. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:59:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19751 at http://apr.org Colin Powell Endorses Obama Again Romney Exudes Confidence In Nevada, Iowa http://apr.org/post/romney-exudes-confidence-nevada-iowa Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Mitt Romney has also accelerated the pace of his campaign. Yesterday, he was in four states and four time zones, as the endurance test intensifies.<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro is traveling with the Romney campaign.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Mitt Romney woke up in Colorado and flew to Nevada. His event there was just across the street from a resort called Circus Circus - not a bad metaphor for this final election season hullaballoo. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:18:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 19741 at http://apr.org 'Fired Up' Obama Makes Appeal To Early Voters http://apr.org/post/fired-obama-makes-appeal-early-voters Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Here's a quick summary of President Obama's latest campaign trip: Six battleground states, 39 hours, quite a few cups of coffee and it's not over yet.<p>Mr. Obama is about two-thirds of the way through a cross-country barnstorming tour. Right now, he's off to Virginia after holding an event in Florida earlier this morning. Florida's a state, of course, that knows something about razor-close elections. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:17:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 19746 at http://apr.org Obama Says Beef With Trump Goes Back To Childhood http://apr.org/post/obama-says-beef-trump-goes-back-childhood Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Donald Trump returned to the headlines, offering $5 million if President Obama would release college and passport records. Jay Leno brought this up when the president appeared on "The Tonight Show."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE TONIGHT SHOW")<p>JAY LENO: What's this thing with Trump and you? I don't - it's like me and Letterman. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:05:00 +0000 editor 19747 at http://apr.org Amid VP Run, Ryan Working To Keep House Seat http://apr.org/post/amid-vp-run-ryan-working-keep-house-seat Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Paul Ryan is not just Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate. He is also a member of the House of Representatives from Wisconsin, of course, and a candidate for another term. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:05:00 +0000 Chuck Quirmbach 19742 at http://apr.org Transcript: October 22nd Presidential Debate http://apr.org/post/transcript-october-22nd-presidential-debate <p>You can watch the video from the final debate here or visit <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82712.html" target="_blank">Politico.com for the transcripts</a>.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:18:37 +0000 Eva Demonbreun Lynch 19668 at http://apr.org Transcript: October 22nd Presidential Debate Horses, Bayonets And The Modern Military http://apr.org/post/horses-bayonets-and-modern-military President Obama said during Monday night's debate that the U.S. Army has fewer horses and bayonets than in the past.<p>That's true. Although Army Special Forces were on horseback in Afghanistan when they helped defeat the Taliban in 2001, the Army's horses are now used only for ceremonial occasions.<p>As for bayonets? Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:58:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 19667 at http://apr.org Horses, Bayonets And The Modern Military There's A Reason They Call It A Battleground State http://apr.org/post/theres-reason-they-call-it-battleground-state Ohio has been a key swing state in the last three presidential races. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 19661 at http://apr.org There's A Reason They Call It A Battleground State Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat http://apr.org/post/analysis-romney-debate-strategy-shows-he-thinks-hes-drivers-seat In his third debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney dialed up "cool and cautious" on his mood meter. And that tells you a great deal about where this presidential race stands with two weeks to go.<p>Romney had to know the president would be coming after him in Boca Raton, Fla., but he decided to avoid the aggressive and even angry notes he had struck in the first two debates. He had achieved what he could with this approach in the initial clash in Denver on Oct. 3, when he seemed the more decisive and strong-willed candidate on stage. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:02:00 +0000 Ron Elving 19657 at http://apr.org Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat If The World Picked U.S. President, Election Would Be A Blowout http://apr.org/post/if-world-picked-us-president-election-would-be-blowout The presidential election here at home is neck and neck. The Real Clear Politics average of the popular vote <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/general_election_romney_vs_obama-1171.html">puts Gov. Mitt Romney 0.6 percent ahead of President Obama</a>.<p>But if the world had its say, this election would be a blowout favoring the incumbent.<p>That's <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-20008687">according to a BBC World Service poll</a> taken in 21 countries. It found for the most part, foreign countries preferred Obama. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:26:00 +0000 editor 19654 at http://apr.org If The World Picked U.S. President, Election Would Be A Blowout Countdown to Election: Al. District 4 http://apr.org/post/countdown-election-al-district-4 <p>As the November 6th elections draw near, APR News is taking a closer look at each of Alabama's congressional districts to understand what issues voters in those areas have on their minds leading into next month. This week, we take a look at Alabama's 4th Congressional District, which stretches from East to West Alabama and include the cities of Gadsden and Jasper. Doctor Larry Powell is an expert on political communications, political ads and polling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He says there have been fewer campaign ads for both local and national races this year.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:28:57 +0000 Maggie Martin 19650 at http://apr.org Countdown to Election: Al. District 4