Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout
Afghan residents wishing to vote line up underneath underneath Afghan flags outside a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif on April 5, 2014 (FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
April 5th, 2014
06:22 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Saturday praised the high turnout of voters in the first democratic transfer of presidential power in Afghanistan's history.

Increased violence ahead of the elections threatened to keep voters home, but long lines at polling centers across the country showed the determination of the Afghan people to have their voices heard.

As the U.S. draws down its forces in Afghanistan, the President called on officials to follow through on the election results.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Elections • Hamid Karzai • John Kerry • President Obama
Conservative commentator, author Dinesh D'Souza indicted
Dinesh D'Souza on CNN in September 2012
January 23rd, 2014
08:23 PM ET
3 months ago

Conservative commentator, author Dinesh D'Souza indicted

(CNN) – Conservative commentator and author Dinesh D'Souza has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of making illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign.

D'Souza allegedly made and arranged $20,000 in campaign donations to an unnamed campaign in 2012 and then reimbursed those who were directed to make contributions, according to the charges handed up in New York City.

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Election Day 2013 live blog
November 5th, 2013
12:12 PM ET
5 months ago

Election Day 2013 live blog

(CNN) - Today, gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey and the race for mayor in New York will be settled. In addition, a GOP primary battle for a U.S. House seat in Alabama will be decided, along with 31 ballot measures in six states, and mayoral elections in Boston, Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland.

Visit our live blog for a real-time feed featuring tweets and updates about the 2013 elections from CNN's political accounts, reporters, anchors and producers.

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Pot tax, secession top Tuesday ballot measures
November 4th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
5 months ago

Pot tax, secession top Tuesday ballot measures

Washington (CNN) – Voters headed to the polls in six states on Tuesday will consider 31 ballot measures, including questions about marijuana taxes and requiring labels for genetically modified food. The question of secession also made it on the ballot in several Colorado counties. Here are a few highlights:

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Congressional action on Voting Rights may be a dream deferred for some
Rep John Lewis, D-Georgia, left, and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, testify Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the Voting Rights Act.
July 17th, 2013
03:33 PM ET
9 months ago

Congressional action on Voting Rights may be a dream deferred for some

Washington (CNN) - Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a key portion of the landmark Voting Rights Act, activists and those in states with a history of disenfranchisement at the polls are pinning their hopes on congressional action.

But those hopes may be long deferred.

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Filed under: Elections • Supreme Court
Cost to win congressional election skyrockets
July 11th, 2013
02:42 PM ET
2 months ago

Cost to win congressional election skyrockets

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(CNN) - Cory Booker raised an eye-popping $4.6 million over the past three months for his bid in the New Jersey special election for the U.S. Senate.

The Newark mayor's cash haul that was announced Thursday is the latest example of the skyrocketing costs of winning election or re-election to Congress.

Last year, winning Senate candidates spent an average of $10.3 million, according to the latest edition of Vital Statistics on Congress, which was released this week. That's a 62% increase, adjusted for inflation, since 1986. The report indicates that it took, on average, $1.6 million to win a House seat in 2012, a 344% increase since 1986.

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Filed under: Congress • Cory Booker • Elections • Senate
It's official...the votes are in
January 31st, 2013
11:42 AM ET
9 months ago

It's official...the votes are in

(CNN) - Mitt Romney may have lost the presidential race to President Barack Obama, but he can find some comfort in knowing that he beat at least 68 other Americans who received votes for president in November. In fact, 2.2 million voters cast their ballots for someone other than Obama or Romney, comprising 1.7% of the total vote.

Among those who received votes: Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson placed third with nearly 1.3 million votes; Green Party nominee Jill Stein placed fourth with more than 469,000 votes; and former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party nominee, placed fifth with more than 122,000 votes.

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Filed under: 2012 • Elections • Gary Johnson • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Ron Paul
CNN takes over the Empire State Building for election night results
November 6th, 2012
12:46 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN takes over the Empire State Building for election night results

(CNN) - New Yorkers looking to see who’s winning the White House on election night just need to look up… to the Empire State Building.

As CNN projects winners in each state, the iconic beacon of Gotham will be exclusively displaying the race to 270 electoral votes with a vertical LED illuminated “meter” on its spire—blue for President Obama, and red for former Governor Romney.

And when CNN projects a winner in the presidential election, the full spire and upper floors change colors to either red or blue.

In addition to the millions in at least three states watching history made atop this American landmark, which sits a quarter-mile above Manhattan, millions more around the world will see the results exclusively on CNN and CNN.com.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of Election Day starting at 6 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. For up-to-the-minute results, go to cnn.com/results and for our real-time Election Day live blog, check out cnn.com/conversation. Need other reasons to watch Election Day coverage on CNN's platforms? Click here for our list.


Filed under: 2012 • CNN Election Center • Elections
December 26th, 2011
09:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Place your bets: Company proposes options market for elections

(CNN) - As soon as next week, a new market may open, where anyone can place bets on the outcome of upcoming political contests.

A small trading exchange in Chicago, the North American Derivatives Exchange (Nadex), has asked federal regulators for permission to sell options tied to the results of various 2012 elections - including the U.S. presidency, control of the Senate, and control of the House of Representatives.
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What happened to and what's next for failed personhood measure?
November 9th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
2 years ago

What happened to and what's next for failed personhood measure?

(CNN) - In the weeks leading up to Mississippi's vote on whether to declare a fertilized egg a person and grant it full rights, nearly everyone was saying the measure was sure to pass.

It was considered the perfect place to mount what could have been a historic challenge to abortion laws: After all, Mississippi is the most anti-abortion, religious and conservative state, according to a Gallup Poll. It was supposed to give a boost to the nationwide movement of the Colorado-based nonprofit Christian group Personhood USA, which is attempting to get the measure on the ballot in several other states.

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Filed under: Abortion • Elections • Mississippi
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