Election 2012

Follow 89.9 WWNO and NPR News on the road to Election Day with this mix of local and national stories.

Live Election Coverage Begins Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

As the polls close on the East Coast, WWNO and NPR's Election Night Coverage begins at 7 p.m. All Things Considered's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block will be joined by NPR Contributors E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and Matt Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon. Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center will have exit poll analysis.

NPR's Ari Shapiro will report from the Mitt Romney's  election night event and Scott Horsley will be at President Obama's election night event. NPR reporters and producers will be stationed with candidates and at state party headquarters nationwide, bringing the results and mood from key electoral states and Congressional, Senate, and Gubernatorial races.

Locally, WWNO's Jack Hopke will be joined by Errol Laborde, producer of WYES' Informed Sources and editor of New Orleans Magazine. Listen for local election updates on the hour and half-hour from 7 - 10 p.m.

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Election 2012
11:30 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tell Us: Why Did Obama Win?

President Obama celebrating early this morning in Chicago.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images
  • NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Pew's Michael Dimock

Two-Way readers were pretty smart about when we would hear who won the White House.

It was 11:29 p.m. ET last night when we posted the news that "Obama wins."

And:

"Between 10 p.m. ET and midnight Tuesday" was the most popular choice by the 13,801 readers who answered our "when will we know who won?" question. It was picked by 32.2 percent.

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Election 2012
11:06 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Former Speechwriters On Message

Host Michel Martin has been checking in with two former speechwriters throughout the election season to sort through the rhetoric, and find out what messages struck a chord with voters. She reviews campaign messaging, and Tuesday night's victory and concession speeches with former presidential speechwriters Mary Kate Cary and Paul Orzulak.

Election 2012
11:03 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Does Second Term Give Obama Foreign 'Flexibility'?

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 7:34 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we want to turn to the international arena. The race for the White House last night had people around the world glued to their TVs and radios and reaction is pouring in from political figures around the globe.

Here is a small sample of what we've been hearing, starting with a spokesperson for the Afghan Foreign Ministry.

JENAN MOUSSA: We look forward to advancing our existing strong, broad, multifaceted partnership with the United States.

CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL: (Foreign language spoken)

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Election 2012
11:03 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Did Obama Win Or Did Romney Lose?

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 11:06 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We're sure you know this by now, but just in case, President Obama won reelection and will serve a second term in office.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I believe we can seize this future together, because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. We are not cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America.

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Election 2012
11:03 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Has The Tea Party Lost The Messaging Battle?

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 11:06 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. As a special post-election treat, we decided to gather some of our regular guests from both the Beauty Shop and the Barbershop. We didn't know what to call it, so we're just calling it the TELL ME MORE Salon. How does that work? Does that work? Salon is good?

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This Is NPR
10:59 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Inside the NPR Newsroom on Election Night

A view into the NPR Newsroom.
Stephen Voss

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

Throughout election night 2012, Studio 4A, the heart of NPR's broadcast and online coverage, was bustling with a decidedly calm team of NPR journalists and staff coordinating minute-to-minute coverage with NPR Member Stations from coast to coast and on NPR.org, also relying on nearly two dozen NPR correspondents around the country.

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Election 2012
10:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tough Night For Self-Financed Senate Candidates

Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon concedes the election to Democrat Chris Murphy on Tuesday in Stamford, Conn.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 11:07 pm

This was not such a good night for self-financed Senate candidates.

In Connecticut, three-term Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy beat Republican nominee Linda McMahon, who essentially self-financed her bid at a cost of at least $40 million. She and her husband, Vince — who made their wealth running World Wrestling Entertainment — had already plowed $50 million into a Senate race in 2010.

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Election 2012
10:57 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Obama's Win Powered By Organization, If Not Ideas

Martha Nunez, 53, of the Bronx, reacts to President Obama's victory Tuesday.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 10:54 pm

The euphoria of Barack Obama's supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas.

To retain the White House, Obama managed to overcome the handicap of an economy just finding its footing after a devastating recession, and an unemployment rate higher than it's been under any president seeking re-election since Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

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Election 2012
10:54 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Social Media Likes 'I Voted' Stickers

A photo collage of voters on Election Day (counterclockwise from upper left): Oscar Perez, Molly Jepsen, Caryn Voskuil and Will Eden.
Courtesy of Tiffany Worthy

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 10:09 pm

Proudly displayed by voters on their foreheads, their children and even their dogs, the ubiquitous "I Voted" sticker became a social media star on Tuesday.

"I've been proudly wearing my sticker all day and smiling and sharing that knowing nod with passersby on the streets. Regardless of our politics, we're in this together," wrote Clare Kelly, a Washington, D.C., voter, on her Facebook page Tuesday, adding, "Hell, yeah Democracy!"

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Election 2012
10:53 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Black Voters Turned Out For Obama

African-American turnout and enthusiasm for Obama are matching levels seen four years ago. Above, voters wait in a long line in Detroit, Mich., on Tuesday.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:29 am

Despite some pre-election speculation that enthusiasm might have dampened for President Obama among African-Americans, this key constituency is turning out in force.

The black share of the electorate nationwide thus far is 13 percent — matching the record level seen in 2008, according to exit polls. African-American turnout in Ohio is higher than it was four years ago.

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