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  1. ALL OVER Mitt Romney Concedes Presidency Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    1. Mitt Romney Concedes Presidency

    That’s a wrap. After more than 17 months of campaigning, a mostly unemotional Mitt Romney conceded the presidency to Barack Obama on Tuesday night, as networks gave the incumbent an 100 electoral vote lead. Speaking to supporters in Boston, the former Massachusetts governor—who earlier in the night said that he had only prepared a 1,118-word victory speech—said that he wished the president well. “This is a time of great challenges for America,” Romney said. Thanking running mate Paul Ryan and his wife Ann, Romney called his campaign an unprecedented effort for the GOP. “The nation as you know is at a critical point,” Romney said. “Our leaders have to reach across the aisle.”

    November 7, 2012 1:05 AM

  2. FORWARD Obama: The Best Is Yet to Come Jewel Samad / Getty Images

    2. Obama: The Best Is Yet to Come

    In front of a crowd of thousands of dancing, flag-waving supporters, the newly minted two-term president thanked the country for reelecting him to the Oval Office for four more years. “The task of perfecting our union moves forward,” he said. “It moves forward because of you.” Obama congratulated Romney for a hard-fought campaign, and pledged to sit down with the former governor to discuss “how we can move this country forward.” He also gave shout-outs to his wife, Michelle (“I’ve never loved you more"), his daughters (“one dog is probably enough"), and his VP, Joe Biden (“America’s happy warrior”). And he promised to make good on his campaign slogan. “That is where we need to go … Forward.” he said, mentioning the ending war and recovering economy. “For the United States of America, the best is yet to come … I’ve never been more hopeful about our future,” he said. Interestingly, after Romney called Obama to concede, the president called Bill Clinton to thank him for his help.

    November 7, 2012 2:04 AM

  3. FOUR MORE YEARS Obama Wins the Presidency Chip Somodevilla

    3. Obama Wins the Presidency

    Barack Obama has been reelected president of the United States, The Daily Beast, CNN, and NBC News declare. The call comes after Obama was projected winner of the crucial lynchpin state of Ohio. He continues to barely lead Florida, which is considered the other major swing state. NBC called the race at 11:14 p.m.— before midnight, even though many pundits predicted the declaration could drag on for days. At 11:16 p.m., the president's offical Twitter account tweeted, simply, "Four more years."

    November 6, 2012 11:24 PM


    4. WA, CO First States to Legalize Weed

    It’s high times in Washington and Colorado. On Tuesday, they became the first states to make it legal for individuals to possess and sell marijuana for purely recreational use. In Colorado, Amendment 64 won with 52.7 percent. Washington’s Initiative 502 passed with a “commanding lead on initial vote counts,” The Seattle Times reports. Massachusetts voters also legalized medical marijuana use in their state. Looks like green really is the new black.

    November 7, 2012 12:17 AM

  5. HOME UNSWEET HOME Ryan Wins Reelection in WI Mary Altaffer / AP

    5. Ryan Wins Reelection in WI

    So much for allegiance. Barack Obama has taken Michigan, and Wisconsinmeaning the president won both Mitt Romney’s and Paul Ryan's home states. In case tonight doesn't work out, it looks like Ryan's plan B is still in place. The VP candidate won his House seat back once again Wisconsin. A slew of other states were also called after the wave of polls that closed at 9 p.m.—Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming were all projected for Romney. In addition to Michigan, Obama is projected to take New York and New Jersey.

    November 6, 2012 9:40 PM

  6. CHANGE MD, MA Pass Gay Marriage Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    6. MD, ME Pass Gay Marriage

    It's a landmark day for supporters of same-sex marriage. Voters in Maryland and Maine voted to legallize gay marriage, marking the first time states approved the initiative through popular vote. In Maryland, voters also supported the DREAM Act ballot measuret. The DREAM Act will allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at the state’s colleges if certain conditions are met, making Maryland the first in the nation to approve the DREAM Act legislation by popular vote. 

    November 6, 2012 11:56 PM

  7. CALLING IT NBC: Warren Wins Senate Seat Steven Senne / AP

    7. Warren Wins Senate

    It appears Democrat Elizabeth Warren has won a seat in the Senate. CNN officially called the brutally close Senate duel in Massachusetts Tuesday night. The two candidates waged feisty, expensive campaigns, with total spending predicted to be around $70 million between the both of them.

    November 6, 2012 9:18 PM

  8. LEGITIMATE LOSS Akin Loses MO Senate Race Whitney Curtis / Getty Images

    8. Akin Loses MO Senate Race

    Multiple news sources are calling it: this is one legitimate loss. After fighting one of the election’s most spotlighted contests, Claire McCaskill has defeated Republican Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race. Akin made national news earlier in the election with his assertion that women can’t become pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.” The furor over the statement led the Republican establishment—including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan—to call for his resignation from the race. Not only did Akin demur, a flurry of small-time donors in support of his campaign helped him raise more than $1 million—money that, in the end, couldn’t overcome his polarizing status.

    November 6, 2012 10:18 PM

  9. TURNING RED N.C. Elects First GOP Governor in 24 Yrs. Travis Long / AP Photo

    9. N.C. Elects Historic GOP Governor

    Republicans are looking to take over gubernatorial seats in several key states, and early results called indicate solid progress. North Carolina elected Pat McCrory, the first Republican governor in the state in 24 years. Eleven states are voting for governors today. Democratic incumbents Jack Markell of Delaware, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, and Peter Shumlin of Vermont already won back their seats, so have Republicans Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota and Gary Herbert of Utah. Democratic incumbents Jay Nixon (Missouri) and Earl Ray Tomblin (West Virginia) face very close races.

    November 6, 2012 9:44 PM

  10. GOD INTENDED IT? Mourdock Loses Indiana Senate Michael Conroy / AP Photo

    10. Mourdock Loses Indiana Senate

    Perhaps God intended it to happen this way. Fox News projects that Democrat Joe Donnelly defeated controversial GOP candidate Richard Mourdock in the state’s Senate race. Mourdock was the last in a string of Republican candidates to face a firestorm of controversy after making incendiary rape comments. After beating out venerable Sen. Richard Lugar for the Republican nomination in Indiana, Mourdock said during a debate that pregnancy after a rape is “something that God intended to happen.”

    November 6, 2012 9:52 PM

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  12. CHAOS Voters Face Confusion at Polls Patrick Smith

    11. Voters Face Confusion at Polls

    Before Election Day had reached its halfway point on Tuesday, voters in key states found overwhelming lines and a flurry of misinformation at polling places. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights said it had fielded thousands of calls from voters who had been turned away. In Pennsylvania, some were told they needed a photo ID to vote, when in fact only first-time voters do. Also in Pennsylvania, an electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after changing votes for Obama to Romney. Other polling places opened late or had too few staffers to handle the crowds. Voting in New Jersey, one watchdog group said, is a “catastrophe.” And in New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had to help a poll worker find his name on the voter rolls.

    November 6, 2012 1:58 PM

  13. MR. CONFIDENCE Romney: I Only Wrote Victory Speech Justin Sullivan

    12. Romney: I Only Wrote Victory Speech

    Impressive display of confidence, or delusional thinking? Mitt Romney told reporters on his campaign plane election night that he’s only written one speech—a victory speech. He says he felt “intellectually” that he’d win the race for a long time, adding that he has few campaign regrets. President Obama, on the other hand, says he took a more humble approach. “You always have two speeches prepared because you can’t take anything for granted,” Obama said. 

    November 6, 2012 6:41 PM

  14. RAZOR THIN Silver: Last Polls Show Fla. Tied Edward Linsmier

    13. Silver: Last Polls Show Fla. Tied

    Poll guru Nate Silver is gazing into his crystal ball one last time in the Florida race. Based on the last polls out of the state, he’s predicting a virtual tie between the candidates, with Obama winning 49.797 percent of the vote, and Romney receiving 49.775 percent. Florida is being pegged as one of the three most crucial swing states in the race, along with Ohio and Virginia.

    November 6, 2012 6:07 PM

  15. ALLIES Christie: I Didn’t Snub Mitt Mel Evans / AP Photo

    14. Christie: I Didn’t Snub Mitt

    Don’t spread rumors about Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor flatly denied turning down a request from Mitt Romney’s campaign to appear alongside the presidential candidate at a rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend. Christie claims he told Romney before Hurricane Sandy even hit that he would be unable to campaign if the storm turned out to be severe. “All this other noise is coming from know-nothing disgruntled Romney staffers who don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States,” Christie said. Maybe there was still some lingering bad feelings after those rumors that Christie was Romney’s first choice for vice president?

    November 6, 2012 2:22 PM

  16. Drive Me Crazy Britney Spears to Pen Novel Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    16. Britney Spears to Pen Novel

    Between her two jobs as a pop star and an X Factor judge and a recent defamation lawsuit, Britney Spears is reportedly somehow finding time to write a book. Spears is in discussions with publisher HarperCollins to pen a novel based on her own life, her rep confirmed on Monday. After teen stardom and a very public meltdown, her adventures might actually make for a not-too-shabby story. Let's just hope it's better than Snooki's masterwork of American literature, A Shore Thing.

    November 6, 2012 7:19 AM

  17. COWBOYS AND INDIANS No Doubt Pulls Offensive Video Steven Lawton

    17. No Doubt Pulls Offensive Video

    Not so hot. Following a swift, loud uproar over its Native American-themed stereotypes, No Doubt pulled the music video for its new song, “"Looking Hot,”" and issued an official apology on its website. In the clip, the rockers dress in cowboy and Indian costumes, and —in one sequence lead singer Gwen Stefani appears as Pocahontas and writhes while shackled against a wall, asking, "“Do you think I'’m looking hot?”" After critics called the video racist and offensive, the group said on its website, “"Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt, or trivialize Native American people, their culture, or their history.”

    November 5, 2012 10:23 PM

  18. Contraception Wars Michigan Judge Blocks Mandate Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    18. Michigan Judge Blocks Mandate

    A federal judge in Michigan has put a temporary block on the portion of the health-care law that stipulates employers provide insurance with free birth-control coverage. In a preliminary injunction last week, Robert H. Cleland ruled the requirement could prevent the "sincere exercise of religious beliefs" by the owner of a local business. The case was brought by a local business owner who is Roman Catholic and claims the law infringes on his religious beliefs and has created his own health-care plan that he says falls in line with them.

    November 6, 2012 7:07 AM

  19. New York Cuomo Issues Emergency Voting Order Mike Groll / AP Photo

    19. Cuomo Issues Emergency Voting Order

    It’s been a big week of decisions in the Big Apple. In one that could prove controversial, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an emergency executive order allowing voters in New York to cast their ballots at any polling station in the state. The move will help voters affected by Hurricane Sandy to cast affidavit ballots outside their usual polling place. “We’re trying to do the best we can,” said Cuomo Monday. “We want everyone to vote.”

    November 5, 2012 8:02 PM

  20. Worth the Wait Long Lines at the Polls Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

    20. Long Lines at the Polls

    All over the country, Democrats and Republicans are coming wait in line and vote for their guy. In the early hours on Tuesday, there were already long lines at the polls. Despite below-freezing temperatures in many areas, voters waited outside for an hour or sometimes more to carry out their civic duty. GOP candidate Mitt Romney is among them, voting in Belmont, Mass., on Tuesday. But President Obama is among the many Americans who beat the wait and the weather—he voted early in Chicago, casting his ballot on Oct. 25.

    November 6, 2012 9:32 AM

  21. Final Stretch Obama: ‘Finish What We Started’ Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    21. Obama: ‘Finish What We Started’

    President Obama made one final campaign stop Monday night in Des Moines, Iowa--the same place where he launched his first campaign for the presidency--giving an emotional goodbye speech to the campaign trail before returning to the White House to watch election returns come in. "This is where our movement for change began," Obama told the a crowd of 20,000 supporters near the State Capitol. Addressing the group, members of which were holding signs reading "Forward" and "Finish what we started," Obama appeared to tear up in the 32-minute address. Win or lose, this is the end of Obama's campaigning. He might miss it just a little bit, after all.

    November 6, 2012 6:34 AM

  22. Progress Malawi Suspends Anti-Gay Laws Schalk van Zuydam / AP Photo

    22. Malawi Suspends Anti-Gay Laws

    Human-rights group Amnesty International reported Monday that Malawi is suspending its anti-gay laws until a Parliament vote is held on whether to repeal them altogether. Same-sex relationships are currently illegal in the country, and participants in such relationships can be punished with up to 14 years in prison. Malawi has a history of enforcing these laws: in 2010, two men were arrested after getting married, but were released after an international outcry. That same year, another man was arrested for putting up posters in support of homosexuality. The move for repeal is aimed at pleasing international donors, who have threatened to withhold funds from countries that violate gay rights.

    November 6, 2012 7:10 AM

  23. Secret Agent Man Report: Neil Heywood Had MI6 Ties, File / AP Photo

    23. Report: Neil Heywood Had MI6 Ties

    The drama of Neil Heywood, the British businessman killed in China last November, gets more and more complicated. Reports surfaced on Tuesday that Heywood, who lived in China and was in Bo Xilai's inner circle, served MI6, the British spy agency, as a regular informant on the Chinese politician. Heywood reportedly was not specifically tasked with anything and was not paid—and was not an officer in the British intelligence organization. Despite his lack of formal ties, this revelation could explain quite a bit about the murder case, particularly in casting light on the long-elusive motivation behind Heywood's murder.

    November 6, 2012 7:04 AM

  24. Here We Go! N.H.’s Dixville Notch: Tied Vote APTN / AP Photo

    24. N.H.’s Dixville Notch: Tied Vote

    And it's a—tie? The first votes were cast in Dixville Notch, the tiny New Hampshire town that votes at midnight each year, and the candidates tied at five votes each--the first tie in the town's history. "Considering the way things are polling around the country, we may have been the first tie of the day," said town clerk Dick Erwin. "Keep your eyes on the news reports, because it's going to be a wild ride." Over in Hart's Location, another New Hampshire town with midnight voting, Obama opened up a clearer lead, taking 23 votes to Mitt Romney's nine and one single vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson. At least the counting was over fast: in Dixville Notch, the votes were counted in 43 seconds, as opposed to five minutes and 42 seconds in Hart's Location.

    November 6, 2012 6:42 AM

  25. Oh Joe Biden: ‘Don’t Think’ This Is It Matt Rourke / AP Photo

    25. Biden: ‘Don’t Think’ This Is It

    Joe Biden set a good example on Tuesday morning by voting in the 2012 election in Greenville, Del.—and he hinted that he may be on the ballot again someday. “It’s always a kick,” said the vice president of voting for himself. He should know: he’s been on the statewide Delaware ballot eight times in his career. But even the guy second from the top of the ballot has to wait in line: shortly after the polls opened, the wait was already 13 minutes long and will probably get longer. Asked if he thought this would be the last time he’d vote for himself, Biden replied, “No, I don’t think so.” Cue rabid political speculation.

    November 6, 2012 9:14 AM

  26. Swing State Biden Makes Surprise Ohio Stop

    26. Biden Makes Surprise Ohio Stop

    Well that's just awkward. Joe Biden made an unannounced appearance in Ohio on Tuesday morning, crossing paths with Mitt Romney’s plane at an airport in Cleveland. Romney had decided on Monday to make a last-minute appearance in the state. Biden left his ride just a few hundred yards from Romney’s campaign plane and Paul Ryan’s plane landed as Biden’s motorcade was departing the airport. Biden then headed to a local restaurant to greet supporters. When asked if he would run for president in 2016, Biden replied, “Oh, I’m going to go back home and run for county council.”

    November 6, 2012 4:17 PM

  27. Going Solo? Netanyahu: I’d Attack Iran Alone Gali Tobbon, AFP / Getty Images

    27. Netanyahu: I’d Attack Iran Alone

    In a shift from the friendlier tactics he’d been using lately, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Israeli television Monday that he is willing to attack Iran's nuclear program without support from the United States or, really, anyone. "When David Ben-Gurion declared the foundation of the state of Israel, was it done with American approval?" Netanyahu asked. However, the aggressive posturing could be just that: it could just be part of a rhetorical campaign to get other countries to put pressure on Iran. But only time will tell.

    November 6, 2012 7:01 AM

  28. Pillow Talk Poll: She’s Probably Faking It Cathrine Wessel / Corbis

    28. Poll: She’s Probably Faking It

    Sick of all the political polls? Researchers at Indiana University have released results of a poll of a different kind, surveying 5,865 people on their sex lives—and they found that women are most likely faking orgasms. The grand survey of sex is intended as an update to the famous Kinsey Report, the first such study, which, at 60 years old, may be showing its age. Among the less surprising results is the fact that, though 85 percent of men report their female partners reaching orgasm during sex, only 64 percent of women say the same. The study also found that women like variety in sex, solo masturbation is popular for men of all ages but is most popular for those between the ages of 30 and 39, and men are more bi-curious than previously believed.

    November 6, 2012 7:15 AM

  29. HURRICANE SANDY NYC Crime Rate Drops After Storm Mario Tama / Getty Images

    29. NYC Crime Rate Drops After Storm

    Hurricane Sandy may have devastated areas of New York City, but there was one silver lining in the otherwise massively destructive storm cloud: the city’s overall crime rate dropped 27 percent compared with the same week last year, according to New York police spokesman Paul Browne. That’s 655 fewer crimes committed in 2012. Murders were down by 86 percent while incidents of rape and robbery fell by 41 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Most of the post-storm arrests have related to burglary and disputes over gas. Burglaries were up by 6 percent.

    November 6, 2012 3:24 PM

  30. SHOOTING Gunman Kills Four in Fresno Craig Kohlruss, MCT / Getty

    30. Gunman Kills Four in Fresno

    A gunman opened fire Tuesday morning at the Apple Valley Farms chicken processing plant near Fresno, Calif., killing one and wounding three others. The alleged shooter, 42-year-old Lawrence Jones, then shot himself in the head. He was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition. Jones clocked in a little before 5 a.m. and reportedly waited about three and a half hours before opening fire. He worked at the plant for 14 months and had an extensive criminal record that dates back to the 1990s, according to investigators. It's not clear what motivated the shootings.

    November 6, 2012 3:58 PM

  31. TRIAL

    31. St. John’s Dean Commits Suicide

    After a disastrous day on the stand, St. John's University "Dean of Mean" Cecilia Chang hung herself before jurors got a chance to decide whether she embezzled $1 million from the university and forced foreign students to perform housework for her. Police found her body around 7:30 Tuesday morning. Her testimony had prompted laughter from jurors as many of her answers seemed far-fetched. Chang, who worked at St. John's for three decades, said she forgot to tell investigators about her overseas bank accounts because she had been drinking. And she testified that a student had offered to wash her clothes.

    November 6, 2012 3:42 PM


    32. Warren, Brown Nearly Tied

    One of the highest-profile Senate races in looking mighty close. A local Massachusetts media source tells National Review that early exit polling shows the race between Democrat challenger Elizabeth Warren and Republican Sen. Scott Brown in a virtual dead heat. “We’re hearing the race (between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren) is dead even,” the Massachusetts source reports. “Turnout in Boston wards not quite as high as expected (good for Brown) but higher in Lowell and Lawrence (bad for Brown).”

    November 6, 2012 6:13 PM

  33. Classy Obama Congratulates Mitt Romney Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    33. Obama Congratulates Mitt Romney

    Perhaps getting a bit ahead of himself, President Obama congratulated Mitt Romney on a “spirited campaign” and expressed confidence that he would be reelected on Tuesday. While speaking at a local campaign office in Illinois, President Obama said, “I … want to say to Governor Romney congratulations on a spirited campaign ... We feel confident we’ve got the votes to win, but it’s going to depend ultimately on whether those votes turn out.” He added, “I expect that we’ll have a good night, but no matter what happens, I just want to say how much I appreciate everybody who supported me, everybody who’s worked so hard on my behalf.”

    November 6, 2012 1:15 PM


    34. Int’l Observers Blocked From Polls

    Even people from other countries encountered trouble at the polls Tuesday. A group of international electoral observers were blocked from polls in nine states—Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas—after media reports falsely tied them to the United Nations and accused them of having plans to interfere in the election. Some states threatened the observers, who belonged to the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, a division of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and said they were here to review several benchmarks of democratic elections.

    November 6, 2012 8:08 PM

  35. THE SWINGEST STATE Obama Leads Florida … Barely Robert Duyos / Sun Sentinel-MCT

    35. Obama Leads Florida … Barely

    Anyone else having flashbacks to 2000? All eyes are on Florida as it tallies votes in the neck-and-neck race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. With 91 percent of votes counted just after 10:45 p.m., Obama was narrowly leading a virtual tie with 49.7 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49.5 percent. And the race isn't just tight—more than three hours after polls were supposed to close in South Florida, there are still voters waiting in line to cast their ballots. There are a crucial 29 electoral votes up for grabs in the state. Apparently, that razor-thin margin is enough for Al Gore to officially call the race for Obama. Don't jinx it, Gore.

    November 6, 2012 11:21 PM


    36. NBC: Obama Wins Iowa, Ohio

    Obama has one a major battleground state, with CNN and NBC reporting that he’s taken Iowa. But with good news comes bad news—he has also ceded another state to Romney. North Carolina, which Obama carried in 2008 and is one of the most conservative leaning of this election’s swing states, has been projected for Mitt Romney, according to the AP. The news comes as another wave of polls close at 11 p.m. California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Washington have already been called for Obama by both CNN and NBC, while Romney is projected to win Missouri and Idaho. The Daily Beast’s electoral map at 11 p.m. showed Obama leading Romney 220 electoral votes to 187.

    November 6, 2012 11:17 PM

  37. FIRST CALLS Romney Wins AZ, TN, WV, and SC Jewel Samad / AFP-Getty Images

    37. Romney Wins AZ, TN, WV, and SC

    It’s on! The first states have been called—well, officially, projected—in the 2012 presidential race. According to CNN and NBC News, Mitt Romney is projected to carry Arizona, Indiana, Utah, West Virginia, Kentucky, and South Carolina. Meanwhile, NBC News projects President Obama has won Minnesota, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. 

    November 6, 2012 7:16 PM

  38. EATING CROW? Fox News Calls Race for Obama Timothy A. Clary / Getty Images

    38. Fox News Calls Race for Obama

    It aint over till Bill O’Reilly sings. Shortly after CNN and NBC News called the race, Fox News projected that Barack Obama would win a second term—“overcoming concerns about the fragile economic recovery to edge out Republican nominee Mitt Romney.” Obama’s victories in battleground states Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Michigan played a crucial part in multiple media outlets calling the win, but Karl Rove is disputing Obama’s win, saying he does”not believe Ohio is in the Obama camp,” and thinks the call by Fox News was “premature.”

    November 7, 2012 12:06 AM

  39. SENATE Several Senate Victories for Dems Scott Olson / Getty Images

    39. Several Senate Victories for Dems

    This is history in the making, people. The AP is calling the Wisconsin Senate race for Democrat Tammy Baldwin, making her the first openly gay senator elected. The AP is also calling a win for Democrats Chris Murphy in Connecticut, and Tim Kaine in Virginia. In Maine, Republicans have lost a seat to the independent former governor Angus King. In West Virginia, Democrat Joe Manchin is also the projected winner, and in Florida, Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson won a third term. In Pennsylvania, CNN called the senate race for democrat Bob Casey. Republican state Rep. Deb Fischer defeated former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey in Nebraska.

    November 6, 2012 8:45 PM