2012 Election Coverage

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Voter Turnout
4:43 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Alabama Voting Slightly Off 2008 Pace

Secretary of State Beth Chapman syas voter turnout this year was slightly off the pace of 2008.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

Alabama's voter turnout for Tuesday's election was slightly less than the unusually high performance four years ago.


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. Chapman had forecast the turnout would fall between 72 percent and 74 percent.


The 2008 figure remains the highest since Alabama recorded a 76 percent turnout in the 1992 presidential race, according to figures compiled by the secretary of state's office.

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NPR Story
1:31 pm
Tue November 6, 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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Supreme Court Race
5:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

10 Former And Current Justices Endorse Bob Vance

Chief Justice nominee Democrat Bob Vance gets support from 10 former and current justices.
Credit blog.al.com

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.


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.

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Politics & Government
7:56 am
Fri October 26, 2012

VP Candidate Ryan to Visit Alabama for Fundraiser

GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan is attending a private fundraiser in Huntsville October 26, 2012.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is coming to Alabama for a private fundraiser.

Ryan is scheduled to be in Huntsville for the event on Friday morning.


The event is closed to the public, and an announcement from the Alabama GOP says it costs thousands of dollars just to get in.


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.

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Politics & Government
6:59 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Colin Powell Endorses Obama Again

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on CBS This Morning earlier today.
CBSNews.com

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.

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Politics & Government
6:18 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Romney Exudes Confidence In Nevada, Iowa

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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.

NPR's Ari Shapiro is traveling with the Romney campaign.

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Politics & Government
6:17 am
Thu October 25, 2012

'Fired Up' Obama Makes Appeal To Early Voters

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Amid VP Run, Ryan Working To Keep House Seat

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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. And while he's spending a lot of time on the presidential campaign trial, the seven-term congressman is also spending lots of money to hold onto his district in southern Wisconsin.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Obama Says Beef With Trump Goes Back To Childhood

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE TONIGHT SHOW")

JAY LENO: What's this thing with Trump and you? I don't - it's like me and Letterman. What has he got against you?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya.

Politics & Government
3:18 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Transcript: October 22nd Presidential Debate

You can watch the video from the final debate here or visit Politico.com for the transcripts.

It's All Politics
2:58 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Horses, Bayonets And The Modern Military

U.S. Army Special Forces ride horseback as they work with members of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in 2001.
AP

President Obama said during Monday night's debate that the U.S. Army has fewer horses and bayonets than in the past.

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.

As for bayonets? The last bayonet charge was during the Korean War in 1951.

The bayonet has somewhat gone the way of the horse cavalry, as far as the Army is concerned (although Marines still use bayonets in training).

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It's All Politics
1:00 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

There's A Reason They Call It A Battleground State

Jean Gianfagna displays some of the political mailings her family receives at her home in Westlake, Ohio, on Oct. 19. Gianfagna says her family sometimes gets four of the same piece at a time — her husband and two grown kids all get their own.
Mark Duncan AP

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 1:55 pm

Ohio has been a key swing state in the last three presidential races. As with many elections, there are reports of stolen yard signs and clashes between supporters of the candidates at rallies.

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It's All Politics
12:02 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat

Mitt Romney shakes hands with President Obama after their final debate Monday in Boca Raton, Fla.
Eric Gay AP

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.

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The Two-Way
11:26 am
Tue October 23, 2012

If The World Picked U.S. President, Election Would Be A Blowout

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shake hands following the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Tuesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The presidential election here at home is neck and neck. The Real Clear Politics average of the popular vote puts Gov. Mitt Romney 0.6 percent ahead of President Obama.

But if the world had its say, this election would be a blowout favoring the incumbent.

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Politics & Government
9:28 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Countdown to Election: Al. District 4

U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt (R) is expected to win in the November election for Alabama's 4th Congressional District.
en.wikipedia.org

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.

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