Election 2012: The best photos
November 7th, 2012
07:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Analysis: Obama won with a better ground game

(CNN) – Two days before Election Day, Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to foot soldiers serving on the front lines of the 2012 campaign: suburban Colorado. Early voting had been under way in the Western battleground for weeks; the Obama team was counting on a volunteer army to deliver the state.

The polls in the race's final weeks had careened back and forth between razor-thin Obama and Romney leads. But Biden told the volunteers he wasn't worried - and they were the reason: "The ground operation which you guys represent is the best in the history of presidential politics."

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November 7th, 2012
07:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney's 'all' proved not enough

Boston (CNN) – In the end, the Etch A Sketch didn't work.

Mitt Romney, the multimillionaire who touted his business credentials as the Republican presidential hopeful, failed to convince voters that he was the man to unseat President Barack Obama and jump-start the economy.

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November 7th, 2012
07:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Voters approve same-sex marriage for the first time

(CNN) - In a historic turnaround, the ballot box is showing America's shifting attitudes about same-sex marriage. After gay marriage rights died at the polls dozens of times in the past, on Tuesday they passed in at least two states.

Rarely do popular votes reflect such dramatic social changes.

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Bachmann wins re-election in tight race
November 7th, 2012
06:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann wins re-election in tight race

Washington (CNN) – Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, a darling of the tea party who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination, has won re-election to a fourth term in the House, CNN projects.

Her Democratic challenger Jim Graves, a wealthy businessman, faced long odds against Bachmann, but campaigned on a message that the conservative congresswoman had abandoned her district in her bid for higher office.
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • House • Michele Bachmann • Minnesota
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, November 07, 2012
November 7th, 2012
04:47 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Obama takes key battlegrounds to win re-election
President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from minorities, women and moderates to win re-election Tuesday by defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states. According to CNN projections, Obama surpassed the decisive 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College with victory in Ohio.

CNN: Democrats keep control of Senate
Democrats will retain their control of the Senate after winning several closely contested races on Tuesday. While poll results were still trickling in for some races, the Democratic victories make a Republican majority impossible. "No chance we get there," a top GOP source told CNN Tuesday night. "We have (a) real possibility of going backwards."

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Mia Love loses House bid in Utah
November 7th, 2012
03:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Mia Love loses House bid in Utah

(CNN) - With 100% of the precincts counted, CNN projects Utah's incumbent Republican Rep. Jim Matheson won re-election after besting Mia Love in a high-profile congressional race that captured national attention.

Matheson, no stranger to tough elections, is a six-term Democrat in a largely Republican district that includes Salt Lake City.

Love, a Mormon of Haitian descent, currently serves as mayor of Utah's Saratoga Springs. She was considered a rising star in the Republican Party, and spoke at the Republican National Convention in August. At one point, she rose to a double-digit lead in polls in one of the nation's most hotly contested races. Both sides and outside parties collectively spent upwards of $10 million.


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CNN’s GUT CHECK for November 7, 2012
November 7th, 2012
03:51 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for November 7, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 7, 2012 | 3:30 a.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

MARK (@PrestonCNN) & MICHELLE (@MJaconiCNN)

A SIX BILLION DOLLAR STATUS QUO: President Obama stays in the White House, the Senate stays with the Democrats and the Republicans keep the House. … And once all the numbers are added up, some $6 billion could be spent on the election.

FOUR MORE YEARS: President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from minorities, women and moderates to win re-election Tuesday by defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states. – Tom Cohen

DEMOCRATS HOLD SENATE: Key victories in Senate races Tuesday mean Democrats will keep control of the Senate, CNN projects. While poll results were still trickling in for some significant races, the Democratic wins will make it impossible for Republicans to regain control of the chamber. – Ted Barrett

REPUBLICANS HOLD HOUSE: Republicans will maintain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, CNN projected Tuesday night as votes were still being tallied for a number of races. While the GOP keeps control, a number of moderates on both sides lost, which is likely to make the House even more polarized. For example, Rep. Larry Kissell, a moderate North Carolina Democrat, lost his bid for re-election, as did Reps. Charlie Bass, R-New Hampshire, and "Bob" Dold Jr., R-Illinois. – Deirdre Walsh

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CNN’s GUT CHECK for November 7, 2012
November 7th, 2012
03:51 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for November 7, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 7, 2012 | 3:30 a.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

MARK (@PrestonCNN) & MICHELLE (@MJaconiCNN)

A SIX BILLION DOLLAR STATUS QUO: President Obama stays in the White House, the Senate stays with the Democrats and the Republicans keep the House. … And once all the numbers are added up, some $6 billion could be spent on the election.

FOUR MORE YEARS: President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from minorities, women and moderates to win re-election Tuesday by defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states. – Tom Cohen

DEMOCRATS HOLD SENATE: Key victories in Senate races Tuesday mean Democrats will keep control of the Senate, CNN projects. While poll results were still trickling in for some significant races, the Democratic wins will make it impossible for Republicans to regain control of the chamber. – Ted Barrett

REPUBLICANS HOLD HOUSE: Republicans will maintain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, CNN projected Tuesday night as votes were still being tallied for a number of races. While the GOP keeps control, a number of moderates on both sides lost, which is likely to make the House even more polarized. For example, Rep. Larry Kissell, a moderate North Carolina Democrat, lost his bid for re-election, as did Reps. Charlie Bass, R-New Hampshire, and "Bob" Dold Jr., R-Illinois. – Deirdre Walsh

FULL RESULTS and EXIT POLLS

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Move over boys, New Hampshire goes to the women
November 7th, 2012
03:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Move over boys, New Hampshire goes to the women

Washington (CNN) – For the first time in political history, an all-female delegation will serve in the U.S. Congress.

New Hampshire's two House seats went to Democrats Ann McLane Kuster and former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Senate
Heller keeps seat, overcomes Berkley's challenge
November 7th, 2012
03:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Heller keeps seat, overcomes Berkley's challenge

Washington (CNN) - In Nevada, Republican Sen. Dean Heller beat back a tough challenge from Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley to win his first full term in the Senate, according to a CNN projection.

Heller led 46% to 45% – with 92% reporting - when the projection was made.
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