Elections

New York News
12:22 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Northern NY Congressional Race Tight

A new poll from the Siena Research Institute shows the Congressional race in northern New York’s new 21st Congressional District is a dead heat.

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Elections
8:25 am
Thu November 1, 2012

For Obama And Romney, It's Back To The Campaign After Sandy

Early voters waited in line Wednesday in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The campaign calm after the storm is about to end.

Both President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, will be out stumping for votes today. The race for the White House, which was just about put on hold as Superstorm Sandy bore down on the East Coast and then roared ashore, is back on with just five days to go before Election Day.

Romney will be in Virginia. The president will be in Wisconsin, Colorado and Nevada.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Vermont Police Officer Challenges Welch

It's a long shot, but Republican Mark Donka of Hartford, a veteran police officer, thinks he has a chance to beat three-term Democratic incumbent U.S. Representative Peter Welch.

What made him decide to run, besides a nudge from some fellow Republicans?

The growing federal debt.

The 55-year-old Donka works in the Woodstock Police Department after serving the Hartford Police Department for 18 years. He thinks the country is headed "toward a collision course of disaster if we don't do something."

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New England News
5:10 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Treasurer Contest Shapes Up as Vermont's Toughest

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

Republican Wendy Wilton and Democrat Beth Pearce are engaged in the toughest political battle in Vermont this season: the race for state treasurer. And it may be the best chance the GOP has to pick up a statewide office next week.

Former Gov. Jim Douglas already has endorsed Wilton, and on Wednesday, former Gov. Howard Dean endorsed his fellow Democrat Beth Pearce for state treasurer, saying that Pearce will bring a nonpartisan approach to the office.

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New England News
4:45 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Senate Candidates Close Campaigns With New Ads

The most expensive US Senate race in the country is nearing the finish,as both candidates in Massachusetts release closing ads.. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

Republican Senator Scott Brown closes his campaign with a rousing 60 second TV ad that invokes his major themes  of patriotism and  independence.

Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren closes her campaign with a more somber appeal in an ad titled “ For All Our Families".

A fourth and final debate was cancelled, first because of Sandy and then scheduling conflicts.

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Elections
2:04 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Siena poll shows Gibson-Schreibman race closer

Polls are tightening in a closely watched New York Congressional race. WAMC’s Ian Pickus has more…

The Siena Research Institute reports that the race between Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman in the new 19th district is getting tighter with election day less than a week away.

The freshman Gibson held a 16-point lead in September’s Siena poll, but that advantage is down to a 48-43 edge in the latest poll released Tuesday, with nine percent still uncommitted.

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Elections
2:07 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Throws A Wrench Into Early Voting

Early voters fill out ballots in Miami. Voting experts say Hurricane Sandy isn't likely to cause major disruptions — but that it would have been a far different matter had Florida taken a direct hit from the storm.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 3:57 pm

As Hurricane Sandy continues its slow progress toward the East Coast, thoughts of voting aren't uppermost in most people's minds. Nevertheless, state and local officials are scrambling to accommodate early voters as best they can.

Depending on how the storm ultimately plays out, Sandy isn't expected to have much effect on the outcome of the presidential race. Most of the states in its path are not considered competitive.

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Elections
6:11 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Obama May Not Need To Repeat 2008 Support From White Voters To Win

The erosion of President Obama's support among white voters means he must rely even more on nonwhites.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 7:28 pm

While much of what will happen on Election Day is now unknowable, we can predict with certainty that President Obama won't win a majority of the white vote.

No news there. No Democratic presidential candidate, after all, has received the support of most white voters since President Lyndon Johnson's 1964 historic rout of Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona.

Still, four years ago, Obama did manage to get a very respectable 43 percent of white voters to choose him over Goldwater's Senate successor from Arizona, Sen. John McCain.

That was then.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Vermont Governor Shumlin Confident of Re-election

Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit WAMC

Governor Peter Shumlin says he's confident he'll beat back a spirited challenge from Republican challenger Randy Brock and win election to a second term.

The Putney Democrat says he wants another two years to continue pushing to improve the state's economy and for his vision of a universal health care system that is as close to single-payer as Vermont can get.

One thing Shumlin says he won't do is tailor his remarks to what people want to hear.

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Elections
3:36 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Election 2012: Swing State Scorecard

Alyson Hurt, Christopher Groskopf and Brian Boyer/NPR

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:44 am

We're zeroing in on eight "tossup" states where the race is too close to call, but where the election will likely be decided. Try your hand at gaming out the electoral vote possibilities at npr.org/scorecard.

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