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The grueling campaign season is over (collective sigh) but the real race for the presidency has just begun. The Daily Beast takes a peek at polling stations across the nation. Go vote!
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The grueling campaign season is over (collective sigh) but the real race for the presidency has just begun. The Daily Beast takes a peek at polling stations across the nation. Go vote!

Map: Election 2012 Results

After a marathon campaign season, we finally have some numbers. Check out The Daily Beast’s map of the Electoral College results—updated live as they come in.

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

Gibbs Plans a Good Cry

Win or lose, Obama’s former press secretary will likely be weeping tonight. As voters hit the polls, he talks to Lloyd Grove from the Obama team’s headquarters.
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Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, one of President Obama’s more ubiquitous surrogates, has been so busy doing Election Day television interviews that he’ll need to find time to weep as the returns come in tonight.

Black. Female. Undecided.

It’s not easy being a Republican African-American woman—-particularly with Barack Obama on the ballot, writes Sophia Nelson.
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Like many Americans, I take seriously the sacred privilege of being an American and exercising my right to vote each Election Day. Yet, as of the writing of this piece, surprisingly, I am still “undecided” in this hotly contested, very close presidential election.

What to Watch For Tonight

The swing states are crucial—especially the early ones. Howard Kurtz’s handy guide to the election returns.
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Keep an eye on Virginia.When you’re sitting down with a table full of snacks to watch the Election Night returns, when you’re being inundated by exit polls and magic-wall graphics, here are a few simple keys to figuring out where the race is headed.

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?
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1. Favorite BooksSong of Solomon by Toni Morrison (Obama) vs. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Romney)Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Obama) vs. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Romney)Shakespeare’s Tragedies (Obama) vs.

Ohio’s Nightmare Scenario

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is set to be cast as the Katherine Harris of 2012, reports John Avlon.
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There was a traffic jam on the highway leading to the early voting station in Franklin County, Ohio, on Monday. Inside the former box store, lines snaked around the showroom floor with voters waiting more or less patiently for an hour or more.

More Like ‘Obamanesia’!

Call them the forgotten years. Michael Medved on why the president’s campaign is ignoring the first two years of his administration—and why Republicans are, too.
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No matter who wins the presidency on Tuesday, one outcome is all but certain: Barack Obama will draw less support and fewer votes after four years as president than he did as an untried, little-known, freshman senator from Illinois.

N.H.’s Dixville Notch: Tied Vote

Town votes at midnight, first in U.S.
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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.

Quiet Landing in the Dark

After months flying across America asking voters for a second term, the president made a quiet, ordinary landing in Chicago on Air Force One as he wrapped up his campaign. He will soon find out if he gets to keep the plane four more years.
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It was an oddly anticlimactic homecoming.            After an endless day of crisscrossing the Rust Belt—President Obama’s last day ever of campaigning for himself—his landing in Chicago was notable for its ordinariness. There were no cheering crowds, not even a rope line.

Lawyers Prepare for Election Battle

Both Obama and Romney are deploying a small army of lawyers in case of a deadlock or voting irregularities. Ben Jacobs reports on how the campaigns are getting ‘ready for the unthinkable.’
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There’s no way to know whether there will be another Florida-like recount in 2012, but neither presidential campaign is taking any chances. Thousands of lawyers are being deployed for Election Day in every battleground state in preparation for what would be, in terms of magnitude and rarity, the electoral equivalent of Hurricane Sandy.

A Kinder, Gentler, Purpler Mitt

On the last day of the 2012 race, Romney sold himself as more bipartisan than Obama. Howard Kurtz on the closing arguments of the campaign.
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In his final day of campaigning for the prize he has chased for six years, Mitt Romney is playing the bipartisanship card, accusing President Obama of stiffing the opposition party.By contrast, Romney told audiences on Monday, as he raced from Florida to Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire, that he will work with the Democrats to get things done.

Anxiety in Obama’s Backyard

Fear, loathing and frantic calling—that’s the scene at a field office in the president’s hometown. Lloyd Grove reports on why Obama’s biggest supporters are worried.
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Suddenly came a burst of applause in the downtown Chicago field office of Obama for America, where 100-odd volunteers in folding chairs at metal tables, on the fifth floor of a dingy office building, were contacting voters Monday in the battleground states of Iowa and Wisconsin.

Syrian Rebels for Romney

Having waited in vain for help from the Obama administration, Syria's opposition is now pinning their hopes on the GOP candidate, writes Anna Therese Day.
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It was a surprising discussion to encounter in war-ravaged Aleppo. But here, amid the rubble of a bombed-out city, rebels had one subject on their minds: the American election.“Romney or Obama?” one young soldier asked rhetorically, in what became an hour-long group-tirade against President Barack Obama.

The Election’s 20 Turning Points

It’s finally over! Mark McKinnon looks back on two years of not-Mitts, Palin speculation, Big Bird, fiscal cliffs, empty chairs, ‘legitimate rape,’ gay marriage, and other big moments that changed the presidential race.
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It’s been a long campaign season, at times resembling a spaghetti Western starring Clint Eastwood. We saw moments that were both good and bad for the presidential candidates, and some rather ugly moments for the country. But as we look back, there were 20 clear turning points in the 2012 election.

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

Victory

President Obama Passes 300 Electoral Votes, Wins Reelection

President Obama Passes 300 Electoral Votes, Wins Reelection

Interactive

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.

Watch This!

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.

Aftermath

Post-Election

Five Stages of GOP Grief

Five Stages of GOP Grief

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

Over

A Thrashing

Forward

Obama’s Second Chance

Allies

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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Campaign-In-Review

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?