2:48am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Scenes Of Celebration At The White House

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 5:15 am

The scene outside the White House Wednesday after President Obama's re-election.
Mladen Antonov AFP/ Getty Images

Supporters of President Obama partied outside the White House on Wednesday morning, chanting "Four More Years!" and "U-S-A!" — and singing off-tune renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner.

"I knew I'd be coming here. I just didn't know whether I'd be coming to protest or to celebrate," said AnaLysa Sawyers, 38, a teacher from Maryland.

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1:21am

Wed November 7, 2012
Election 2012

Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:35 pm

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

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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1:17am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Business, Labor Groups Laud Obama Victory

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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12:51am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

On The Issues: How Obama Prevailed

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

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

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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12:29am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

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

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

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

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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12:25am

Wed November 7, 2012
Election 2012

Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech

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

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

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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7:45pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Local

Turnout has been brisk across Louisiana

Political scientists from across the Red River region are examining the prevailing themes of the 2012 election and voters weigh in with their own observations about Election 2012.

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7:08pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Virginia Exit Polling Shows Obama Lost Support

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And we're going to be checking in a lot tonight with Andy Kohut of the Pew Research Center, who's here with us now to talk about early exit polls. Andy, what are you seeing, first of all, in terms of the presidential race?

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7:08pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Independent Voters Could Be Key In Florida

Transcript

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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7:00pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

Election Coverage 2012

Airs Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. Join Red River Radio and NPR News for and election night broadcast special on November 6, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block will host. NPR's Washington Editor Ron Elving, National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, and Political Junkie Ken Rudin will be in our DC studio. Our hosts will also be joined by NPR Contributors E.J. Dionne and Matthew Continetti. We'll have exit poll analysis from Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center. NPR's Ari Shapiro will join us from the Mitt Romney election night event. Scott Horsley will be at President Obama's election night event. 

Tonight beginning at 5:00 p.m. we'll have the NPR Election Blog site up on our web site. They will be posting information and observations from across the nation as returns begin to come in. Listen to live coverage and join us online for full coverage of Election 2012.

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