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And the Winner Is …

After months of shocks, gaffes, and reversals of fortune, the contest is back where it was last winter. Michael Tomasky on who will be the last man standing on Wednesday morning.
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OK, here we go: the prediction column. Yes, I am predicting that Barack Obama will win, but since I need to get a whole column out of this, let me build slowly and methodically toward the dramatic conclusion.First, let me start with this somewhat astonishing (I think) observation.

Why Voters Attend Final Rallies

Last-minute presidential campaign rallies don’t change many votes, but supporters attend to pump up their man, help generate some coverage, make sure they made the right choice, and watch history in the making. David Freedlander reports from a Romney rally where even hitherto lukewarm fans pledged their troth.
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As the 2012 presidential campaign has reached its apex, the chatter among the warring Mitt Romney and Barack Obama camps has devolved into an “ours is bigger than yours” crowd-size envy. You got 10,000 at Red Rocks? We got 23,000 at a high school in Hollywood, Fla.

Sandy Victims’ Voting Struggle

Polling stations closed or moved, gas shortages and transit shutdowns leaving residents stranded—casting a ballot Tuesday will be a challenge for those hardest hit by the storm. Caitlin Dickson reports.
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In anticipation of the 2012 election, the Rockaway Youth Task Force proudly registered about 350 18- to 24-year-olds from the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. But Milan Taylor, the group’s 23-year-old founder and president, doubts any of those newly registered voters will cast a ballot Tuesday.

Fear of a Big White Vote

Team Obama enters Election Day confident that they’ve got a lock on the Electoral College. But they whisper of one big worry that could crush the dream. James Warren reports.
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When President Obama and campaign aides finally hit the sack early Tuesday in Chicago, they were supremely confident. But if they were to be beset by one nightmare, said two confidantes, it was an unforeseen, large turnout of white voters for Mitt Romney.

Watch Video: 10 Obama Wins & Fails

From killing Osama bin Laden to seeing unemployment rise above 10 percent, relive Obama’s highs and lows, wins and fails, during his years in the White House.
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WIN: Election Night in Grant Park, ChicagoIt was a historic moment for America: the votes had been counted on Nov. 4, 2008, and Barack Hussein Obama, who campaigned on the ideals of “hope” and “change,” became the first black man to win the presidency.

Dems Likely to Hold Senate

The GOP takeover that once appeared all but certain looks like a long shot as voters go to the polls. Eleanor Clift on how a pair of hard-right candidates could cost the Republicans control.
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With election forecasters predicting enough close races will break for the Democrats, Republican hopes of regaining control of the Senate now appear dashed.Polls close at 7 p.m. in the Northeast, and if Democrats win seats in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Virginia, together with independent Angus King in Maine, Republicans won’t have enough opportunities left across the country to gain the four seats they need to reach 51.

Obama, Romney Hold Final Rallies

Jay-Z and Springsteen stump for Barack.
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Less than 24 hours before the first polls open on Election Day, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney held their final campaign rallies. Both candidates appeared in Columbus, Ohio, the capital city of what’s predicted to be one of the race’s most crucial swing states.

The First Lady’s Florida Pitch

Michelle O. swung through Orlando Monday in a down-to-the-wire speech to rally votes for her husband. In this swing corridor, every vote—literally—counts. Winston Ross reports.
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Forward. That’s the familiar one-word mantra of the campaign to reelect President Barack Obama. But at this point on the eve of that election, the campaign’s slogan can be boiled down to a another word: turnout.Take First Lady Michelle Obama’s appearance at a park near the Orlando International Airport Monday night.

Cuomo Issues Emergency Voting Order

Allows New Yorkers to vote anywhere in the state.
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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.

Lights Out in Westchester

Seven days after Hurricane Sandy hit, hundreds of homes just north of New York City are still without power. Malcolm Jones writes—in gloves—from one of them.
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I am typing with gloves on, the kind that don’t have fingertips.Every night I go to bed with more clothes on. The first night it I added socks, the next I left my shirt on. Soon I will be sleeping fully clothed and wearing a cap like the narrator of The Night Before Christmas.

Intrade is Wobbly on Obama

Why is Intrade so (relatively) cautious? Ask Ohio.
Carolyn Kaster

A consensus is emerging. The national and state polls, the aggregators and model-makers, and many of the mainstream pundits willing to make a stand (except The Washington Post’s horse-racing columnist) are starting to converge.

Honk if You Love Romney

On the eve of the election, Team Romney is knocking on doors and pleading with voters to get to the polls. Winston Ross reports from Ground Zero: Florida.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — They have been laughed at, barked at, yelled at, and literally told to “go fly a kite” (because people here still say that.) They have notified surprised Americans that Election Day is on Tuesday and that George W.

Too Close to Call

But a slight advantage for Obama. Douglas E. Schoen and Jessica Tarlov on the latest polls.
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There’s only one day left before the polls open and the race is far too close to call. Landslide predictions—for both candidates—have all been thrown out the window and with good cause.The national vote is about as close as it could be.

Gallup Poll: Mitt and Obama Tied

The president surges after Sandy.
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Looks like it really is down to the wire. The latest Gallup Poll is expected to show Mitt Romney leading President Obama 49 to 48 percent among likely nationally voters. It’s important to note that the poll’s margin of error is 1 point, meaning that the president and Mitt are virtually in a tie.

Judge Reveals Group’s Donors

Gave to Western Tradition Partnership.
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It’s no Crossroads GPS. But the move by a Montana judge to reveal the once undisclosed donors to Western Tradition Partnership, a social-welfare nonprofit, may have Karl Rove a bit unnerved Monday. The judge released WTP’s dark-money donors—some of whom scrawled “Stop Obama” on their checks—saying that the public had a right to know who gave and how much.

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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Map: Election 2012 Results

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13 Must-See Moments From Election Night

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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

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Three Wild Races for Women

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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.

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A Great Day for America

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