2:21am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

For Obama, Vindication, But Not A Mandate

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:37 pm

Obama has become only the third U.S. president to win re-election by a narrower margin than his first victory. Having won a second term, Obama will seek to set the nation's agenda on issues ranging from taxes to immigration, but he may continue to struggle in selling his ideas to Congress.
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Winning matters. Having earned a second term, President Obama will attempt to build on and expand the agenda from his first, launching new initiatives on tax policy, education and immigration.

But having won the popular vote by a bare majority — and still facing a divided Congress — Obama may find it difficult to gather momentum for his policies.

Despite the close result in the popular vote nationwide, Obama wasted no time claiming vindication for his ideas. In his victory speech early Wednesday in Chicago, he tied his re-election to two centuries of American progress.

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2:20am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Republican Response Likely To Be Tactical, Not Transformative

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:41 am

Mitt Romney concedes the presidency early Wednesday in Boston.
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With President Obama's defeat of Mitt Romney, the Republican Party finds itself in the same place it was four years ago — once again coming up short in its attempt to win the most powerful office in American democracy.

It faces the inevitable soul-searching the losing party undergoes, to greater or lesser degrees, after every contest for the one office whose occupant represents the entire nation.

And how the GOP reacts could help determine its fortunes in 2016.

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2:10am

Wed November 7, 2012
Election 2012

Media Circus: Fox Struggles With Obama's Win

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:10 pm

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Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly walked down the hallway to ask the Fox decision team to explain the reasoning behind its Ohio call, which contradicted Rove's analysis. Click here to watch the interview.
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Imagine a ballot Tuesday that confronted you not with a choice between candidates named OBAMA and ROMNEY, but that looked more like this:

How much do you support the REPUBLICAN?

Pick only one.

Utterly _____

More than that ____

For much of Election Day, that was what viewers encountered in watching Fox News' coverage. President Obama was, in the words of Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy at the outset of the day, a guy who "promised hope and change — a lot of stuff — and he didn't deliver."

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1:31am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

How Third-Party Candidates Fared

Independent Angus King celebrates under a splash of champagne in Freeport, Maine, on Tuesday after winning the Senate seat vacated by Republican Olympia Snowe.
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In a highly polarized electorate, there's not a lot of room for third-party candidates to make a strong showing. Still, minor parties did see some bright spots on Tuesday.

Maine elected an independent to the Senate, former Gov. Angus King, while Vermont re-elected its independent senator, Bernard Sanders.

Both those victories may have been "idiosyncratic," says Cary Covington, a University of Iowa political scientist, having more to do with the personal popularity of the candidates than pointing to any wider desire for independent candidates.

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1:27am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Gubernatorial Battles: Republican Takes N.C., Democrat Wins N.H.

New Hampshire Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan speaks to supporters Tuesday in Manchester, N.H., after defeating Republican Ovide Lamontagne to keep the governor's seat in Democratic control.
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Voters in North Carolina put a Republican in their governor's office for the first time in two decades, and New Hampshire elected a new female Democratic governor.

But the closely watched tossup races in Montana and Washington, where Democrats currently serve as governors, remained too close to call late Tuesday.

Eight of the gubernatorial seats up for grabs are now held by Democrats; three are in Republican hands. Republicans currently hold 29 governorships, Democrats have 20, and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is an independent.

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12:48am

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Scenes Of Celebration At The White House

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:15 am

The scene outside the White House Wednesday after President Obama's re-election.
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Supporters of President Obama partied outside the White House on Wednesday morning, chanting "Four More Years!" and "U-S-A!" — and singing off-tune renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner.

"I knew I'd be coming here. I just didn't know whether I'd be coming to protest or to celebrate," said AnaLysa Sawyers, 38, a teacher from Maryland.

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11:21pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:35 pm

President Obama speaks at his election night party Wednesday in Chicago after defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
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Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. 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.)

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

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11:17pm

Tue November 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Business, Labor Groups Laud Obama Victory

Exit polls showed the economy was Issue No. 1 with voters in this presidential election. And it didn't take long for labor organizers and business leaders to start offering their thoughts on the re-election of President Obama.

Because of White House policies, the U.S. economy is "beginning to pick up steam," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. He cheered Obama's win and put congressional Republicans on notice that Democrats will focus on "ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich and opposing any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits."

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10:51pm

Tue November 6, 2012
It's All Politics

On The Issues: How Obama Prevailed

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 11:17 pm

A celebration with cardboard cutout of President Obama in front of the White House early Wednesday morning.
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President Obama won re-election despite an economy struggling to recover from recession and deep reservations about his signature first-term achievement, the nation's new health care law.

NPR's Liz Halloran explained how Obama's campaign organization helped him overcome these and other challenges. Here, NPR reporters have more about his challenges and successes in the areas of the economy, national security, energy and health care:

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10:25pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Election 2012

Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:50 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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