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Dick Durbin’s Good Karma

The veteran Obama mentor says results so far put the president about where the campaign expected he would be—and that there’s ‘plenty of room’ for the Democrat to hit and surpass 270 electoral votes.
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Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois was bullish on Barack Obama’s prospects as Election Day drew to a close.“We’ll take that,” he said with a jolly laugh after I read him the preliminary exit-poll results from the battleground states.

Florida County on Edge

Hillsborough County goes blue and Romney supporters get glum. Winston Ross on swing state stress.
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TAMPA, Fla.—  Next to the giant, plastic American flag on the wall at the Americans for Prosperity’s Hillsborough County headquarters is a calendar, titled “days until lame duck,” starting with the number 1. Fox News is on the projector screen, laptops showing the latest results are on the table, and the chicken wings are getting cold.

Campaigning Is Like Childbirth

Mitt’s youngest son, Craig, kicked off the GOP election-night party with a metaphor for the ages. David Freedlander reports.
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Mitt Romney’s election-night party began in earnest tonight when Craig, the candidate’s youngest son, took the stage at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to welcome the former Massachusetts governor’s most ardent supporters.

Women to Watch

With a record number of women—184—running for House and Senate seats this year, Capitol Hill got an injection of estrogen. Here's who to keep an eye on. Abigail Pesta reports.
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Heading into this week's election, women held a wimpy 16.8 percent of seats in the U.S. Congress—a lower percentage than in the government of Iraq. But estrogen levels on Capitol Hill spiked this year, with a record number of female candidates competing for Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.

Black and Back for Barack

Faced with the possibility that Obama might lose, African-Americans show their support where it counts—at the polls. Allison Samuels reports.
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75-year old Yancy Jones wasn’t sure he’d make it out today to vote for the next president of the United States. The Inglewood, Calif., native is still struggling with the aftermath of a severe stroke he suffered in March that’s limited his speech and his ability to stand for long periods of time.

Referendum on Obama’s Race

In Tampa, Winston Ross catches up with Chante Jones, a black voter who says an Obama victory will signal that America has become a more tolerant nation. Was 2008 “a fluke,” she wonders, “or a paradigm shift?”
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TAMPA—Chante Jones is sipping on what is likely to be her first of several margaritas Tuesday night at a restaurant called Lee Roy Selmon’s in this city’s International District, with one eye on the folks she invited to this election-watch party and another, nervously, on the television screen.

Demography is Destiny

The results show the electorate is changing dramatically, and not in the GOP’s favor.
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This is the end of an era, regardless of the results. The 2012 election likely represented the last gasp of an older and whiter coalition that opposed Obama in 2008, voted Democrats out of the House majority in 2008, and aimed to unseat the incumbent president.

The 9 Key House Race Results

Democrats wanted to claim Michele Bachmann’s seat, while Richard Tisei gave the GOP a ray of hope in Massachusetts. Allison Yarrow runs down nine of the tightest races.
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There was little chance that Democrats would seize control of the House this year, but after their brutal losses in the Tea Party takeover just two years ago, there were some congressional races that could grow their ranks. Former Republican presidential candidate and lightening rod Michele Bachmann was at risk in a newly redrawn district, while Democratic firebrand Alan Grayson of Florida was seeking to reclaim a seat.

A Jazzy Tuesday Night

With polls showing a Romney deficit, partisans at the election-night party are drinking, chatting, and crossing their fingers. David Freedlander reports from the ballroom.
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Romney Headquarters, Mass.—It is still early here at the Mitt Romney election party at a convention center in downtown Boston, with polls in Massachusetts still open for another hour and the candidate himself just returned from a hastily-scheduled swing through the swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Romney: I Only Wrote Victory Speech

Obama says he wrote two.
Justin Sullivan

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.

Is NBC’s Democracy Plaza Too Much?

You can’t miss NBC’s election coverage. It’s being broadcast from Democracy Plaza—a massive red-and-blue lightbulb extravaganza in New York’s Rockefeller Center. But in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, should the network have scaled down?
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Eight days after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, some people are still suffering without heat or electricity. So why is NBC using so many lights? Once again on Election Day, NBC has turned 30 Rockefeller Plaza into a red-and-blue bulb extravaganza called Democracy Plaza.

Obama’s Twitter Surge

The president’s last-minute social media push leaves Romney looking like a Luddite. Jamie Reno reports.
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Will a last-minute paid Twitter campaign put President Barack Obama over the top tonight?This morning, the Obama campaign launched a #voteObama Twitter directive aimed at securing last-minute votes and swaying independent voters.

Nine Bogus Campaign Claims

When you’re vying for the role of president of the United States, skewing the numbers and facts is the name of the game. From Obama’s “apology tour” to Romney’s “tax evasion,” the most bogus claims of the 2012 campaign.
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1. Romney: “Our Navy is smaller now than it was in 1917.”In one of the more meme-worthy incidents of the campaign, during the third debate Obama rebuked Romney's oft-repeated claim that“our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917.

WATCH LIVE: Beast TV’s Election Bonanza

Set your browser to The Daily Beast at 7 p.m. ET for complete election coverage, including Beast TV's live commentary with Tina Brown, Robert Shrum, Mark McKinnon, Doug Schoen, and many more.
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It’s finally here: the stump speeches have wrapped. The super PAC ads have done their damage. The Bruce Springsteen and Kid Rock riffs have faded. And in a matter of hours (we hope), we’ll know how this whole thing ends. For complete breaking coverage of the election results, set your browser to The Daily Beast’s homepage starting at 7 p.

Chaos at the Polls

From New York to Florida to Ohio, polling places were rife with broken machines, erroneous voter rolls, and misinformed poll workers. Eliza Shapiro reports.
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Election Day 2012 may be remembered for a long night of vote tallying, a serious upset, or a victory speech for the history books.But that all comes later.Twitter and Facebook overflowed Tuesday, not with messages of support for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney but with dispatches about the widespread insanity that plagued polling states around the country.

Stewart: Florida Does It Again!

On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.

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Election Night


President Obama Passes 300 Electoral Votes, Wins Reelection

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State by State

Map: Election 2012 Results

Map: Election 2012 Results

The Daily Beast’s map of the Electoral College results—updated live as they come in.

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The Night's Best Moments

13 Must-See Moments From Election Night

13 Must-See Moments From Election Night

From Obama’s win to Akin’s defeat, Sullivan’s celebration to Rove’s meltdown, watch the most memorable moments.



Five Stages of GOP Grief

Five Stages of GOP Grief

Losing sucks—and healing is hard. Paul Begala offers advice to hurting Republicans.


A Thrashing


Obama’s Second Chance


Obama’s Win, Bibi’s Loss

Party Foul

Romney Victory Party a Bust

Gender Matters

Women in the World

Three Wild Races for Women

Three Wild Races for Women

Three of the most dramatic races ended in wins for Dems Elizabeth Warren and Maggie Hassan, and a loss for the GOP’s Linda McMahon.




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Memorable Moments

The Election’s 20 Turning Points

The Election’s 20 Turning Points

It’s finally over! Mark McKinnon looks back on two years of big moments that changed the 2012 race.

Oui Oui

Election Victory

A Great Day for America

A Great Day for America

Obama’s reelection is a victory for intelligence, reason—and, yes, hope.

Book List

Political Picks

The Obama Vs. Romney Reading List

The Obama Vs. Romney Reading List

As the candidates face off in the election, the books they’ve read recently and their professed favorites also go head to head. Who wins?