12:25am

Wed November 7, 2012
Election 2012

Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:50 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney concedes the presidential election at a campaign event in Boston.
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Transcript of Mitt Romney's concession speech in the presidential race in Boston. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

(Cheers, applause.)

MITT ROMNEY: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you.

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12:04am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Post-'Citizens United' Senate Snapshot: Money Doesn't Guarantee Victory

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:17 am

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is joined by his wife and daughter in celebrating his Senate victory over Republican George Allen.
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The battle to control the Senate was a proving ground for the new Citizens United politics. Outside groups unleashed heavily funded barrages of attack ads meant to help elect candidates while letting them keep their distance from the nastiness.

In Ohio and Virginia, the tactic failed in rather dramatic ways, as Republicans backed by secretly financed ads failed to beat seemingly vulnerable Democrats.

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7:08pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Virginia Exit Polling Shows Obama Lost Support

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And we're going to be checking in a lot tonight with Andy Kohut of the Pew Research Center, who's here with us now to talk about early exit polls. Andy, what are you seeing, first of all, in terms of the presidential race?

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7:08pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Independent Voters Could Be Key In Florida

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And now on to the biggest state that is really a contested battleground. I mean, we assume New York and California are barely contested by Republicans and Texas is assumed to go to Republican.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Texas, yeah.

SIEGEL: But with 29 electoral votes, Florida is always a state we look at. And our own Debbie Elliott is in Tampa at the Republican Party event there. And, Debbie, who are the key constituencies in Florida who are thought to be the ones who will decide who wins this day today?

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6:57pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Ohio Already Reporting Solid Voter Turnout

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:08 pm

Melissa Block talks with Don Gonyea as polls close in Ohio.

6:50pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

All Eyes On The Battleground States As Polls Close

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:08 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And in our studio, NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Every couple of years, here we are around this time trying to figure out who has been elected to what. Tonight, what are you looking for? What are the important signs you're looking for in the numbers as they come in?

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6:48pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

Romney Wins West Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has captured West Virginia and its five electoral votes.

President Barack Obama is unpopular in the state, and West Virginia GOP officials have been hoping that would lead to victories for other Republicans on the ballot.

Romney earlier won in Kentucky, giving him 13 electoral votes overall, while Obama was the winner of Vermont's three electoral votes.

6:47pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Voting By Email In New Jersey Runs Into Snags

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:08 pm

Melissa Block talks with Pam Fessler about voting issues that arose on Tuesday.

6:33pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

First Election Results in From Eastern States

WASHINGTON (AP) — The polls are starting to close in the eastern United States, and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each have an early victory.

As expected, Obama was the winner in Vermont, with three electoral votes, while Romney captured Kentucky's eight electoral votes.

Vermont voters also re-elected Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Still to come are the returns from the handful of states, including Ohio, Florida and Virginia, where Obama and Romney have concentrated their efforts in recent weeks.

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6:02pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Polls Start To Close In Big Battleground States

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:08 pm

Lynn Neary talks to Mara Liasson for an election update as polls start to close.

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