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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan Brewer Says Adios
Won't run for governor again.More
Paul Ryan: 'Inner City' Men Lazy
“Not even thinking about working.”More
SICK OF IT
Gitmo Prisoner: I Was Tortured
Suing over force-feeding.More
Obama Orders Overtime Expansion
Forcing businesses to pay up.More
Obamacare May Miss Enrollment Goal
Even though sign-ups are rising.More
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.
The Daily Beast’s map of the Electoral College results—updated live as they come in.
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