2012 Presidential Election http://kut.org en A Clash of Americas: Dan Balz' 'Collision 2012' http://kut.org/post/clash-americas-dan-balz-collision-2012 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remembering the 2012 presidential election brings a slew of bipartisan memories&nbsp;</span>– f<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">rom Mitt Romney’s&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slFZ8K2aBoY" style="line-height: 1.5; ">“47 percent” remarks</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9168053/Barack-Obama-caught-hinting-at-concessions-to-Dmitry-Medvedev.html" style="line-height: 1.5; ">Obama’s pre-election c</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">omment&nbsp;to Russian president&nbsp;</span>Dimitri<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;Medvedev that he would deal with the EU’s missile defense system after his would-be election. Dan&nbsp;</span>Balz’<span style="line-height: 1.5; "> chronicled the election and spoke first-hand with candidates for his&nbsp;latest book, "</span><a href="http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-27/politics/40859333_1_craig-romney-tagg-romney-mitt-romney" style="line-height: 1.5; ">Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">."&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The book’s title reflects the clash between Democrats and Republicans&nbsp;</span>– and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">between the 2008 election and the cutthroat 2012 Republican primary.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116843309" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 David Brown & Arthur DeVitalis 9003 at http://kut.org A Clash of Americas: Dan Balz' 'Collision 2012' Should Pols Running for Higher Office Pay Their Own Security? http://kut.org/post/should-pols-running-higher-office-pay-their-own-security <p>Future presidential candidates from Texas may have to foot the bill for their own security on the campaign trail.</p><p>Gov. Rick Perry’s unsuccessful run at the White House last year cost taxpayers $3.7 million. And state Rep. <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=122">Lyle Larson</a>, R-San Antonio, said at a House committee meeting today that the cost of non-state-related security is a burden to Texans.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:35:37 +0000 Andrew Weber & Veronica Zaragovia 6943 at http://kut.org Should Pols Running for Higher Office Pay Their Own Security? It's Official: Electoral Votes Are Counted; Obama & Biden Won http://kut.org/post/its-official-electoral-votes-are-counted-obama-biden-won <strong>Update at 1:30 p.m. ET:</strong> The counting is done and as expected, President Obama and Vice President Biden collected all 332 Electoral College votes they earned on Election Day. Their Republican opponents, Mitt Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, received 206 votes each.<p>Since it takes 270 Electoral College votes to be elected, the president and vice president have indeed been returned to office.<p>Next: Taking the oaths of office. They'll do it twice. Because Jan. 20 falls on a Sunday this year, there will be private ceremonies that day. Then on Jan. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 19:04:56 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6063 at http://kut.org It's Official: Electoral Votes Are Counted; Obama & Biden Won A Month After the Election, Texas Casts Its Electoral Votes http://kut.org/post/month-after-election-texas-casts-its-electoral-votes <p>Though the election was called for President Barack Obama over a month ago, members of the Electoral College will officially cast their votes today.</p><p><a href="http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/2012-ec-electors.shtml" target="_blank">Texas electors</a> will meet to cast the state’s electoral votes <a href="http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/2012-ec.shtml" target="_blank">this afternoon at the Capitol</a>.Texas has 38 electoral votes&nbsp;–&nbsp;the second highest of any state, behind California&nbsp;–&nbsp;which were won by Mitt Romney.&nbsp;</p><p>Each party selects 38 potential electors who promise to vote for that party’s candidate, should they win the state’s popular vote.&nbsp; Because Mitt Romney won Texas, the 38 Republican electors will cast their votes for him today.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:30:12 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5928 at http://kut.org A Month After the Election, Texas Casts Its Electoral Votes Romney To Have Lunch With Obama At The White House Thursday http://kut.org/post/romney-have-lunch-obama-white-house The 2012 presidential contenders will break bread at the White House on Thursday.<p>Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney "will have a private lunch at the White House with President Obama in the Private Dining Room," the White House says in a statement sent to reporters. "It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:28:02 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5765 at http://kut.org Romney To Have Lunch With Obama At The White House Thursday With Millions Spent, GOP 'Investors' Saw Little Return Election Night http://kut.org/post/millions-spent-gop-investors-saw-little-return-election-night A "return on investment" is a concept better known to Wall Street than to Washington. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:09:25 +0000 Peter Overby, NPR 5609 at http://kut.org With Millions Spent, GOP 'Investors' Saw Little Return Election Night Four Days Later, Florida Declares For Obama http://kut.org/post/four-days-later-florida-declares-obama Four days after the polls closed, Florida has announced that President Obama won the state's 29 electoral votes. As <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=164859755">the AP</a> writes:<p><blockquote><p>"That gives the president a total of 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney's 206. Florida officials said Obama had 50 percent of the vote to Romney's 49.1 percent, a margin of about 74,000 votes."<p></blockquote><p>The Florida Secretary of State's Office confirmed Obama's victory Saturday. Sat, 10 Nov 2012 20:06:07 +0000 5605 at http://kut.org Four Days Later, Florida Declares For Obama In Hindsight, Those Presidential Polls Looked Just Fine http://kut.org/post/hindsight-those-presidential-polls-looked-just-fine For as much criticism as pollsters endured in the run-up to Election Day, a look back shows many of them hit very close to the bull's-eye for the presidential race — but some did better than others.<p>Take the venerable Gallup. It had Mitt Romney at 49 percent and President Obama at 48 percent in a <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/158519/romney-obama-gallup-final-election-survey.aspx" target="_blank">poll published Monday</a>, a day before the voting. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 16:36:02 +0000 Scott Neuman 5593 at http://kut.org In Hindsight, Those Presidential Polls Looked Just Fine Video: Obama Tears Up As He Thanks Campaign Staff http://kut.org/post/video-obama-tears-he-thanks-campaign-staff <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBK2rfZt32g</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 13:13:18 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5590 at http://kut.org Video: Obama Tears Up As He Thanks Campaign Staff Five Truisms About the 2012 Election ... That Weren't True http://kut.org/post/five-truisms-about-2012-election-werent-true The balloons have fallen, the bunting's down, and President Obama has been re-elected.<p>That means Mitt Romney has been defeated — and with him, many election aspects that we presumed to be true. (You know what they say about presume — it makes a pres out of u and me.)<p>Maybe it's because we're sailing into a new and uncharted century. Maybe it's because of climate change or polar shift or Mayan calendrical mayhem. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:33:18 +0000 Linton Weeks, NPR 5574 at http://kut.org Five Truisms About the 2012 Election ... That Weren't True With Obama's Victory, Health Law Stays On Track http://kut.org/post/obamas-victory-health-law-stays-track After a shaky few years, President Obama's health care legacy looks secure.<p>His health overhaul law barely made it through Congress and to his desk. Then there were the legal challenges, launched when the ink of his signature was barely dry, that were resolved by a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/06/18/155269171/supreme-court-upholds-care-health-law-rules-mandate-is-a-tax">surprising Supreme Court ruling</a> in June.<p>Even so, former Massachusetts Gov. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:38:04 +0000 Scott Hensley 5571 at http://kut.org With Obama's Victory, Health Law Stays On Track VIDEO: An Awkward Moment, As Karl Rove Objects To Fox's Ohio Call http://kut.org/post/video-awkward-moment-karl-rove-objects-foxs-ohio-call <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJg3z5c93zU</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:05:19 +0000 5569 at http://kut.org VIDEO: An Awkward Moment, As Karl Rove Objects To Fox's Ohio Call Following a Technical Delay, Unofficial Results From Williamson County Are In http://kut.org/post/following-technical-delay-unofficial-results-williamson-county-are <p>Williamson County released its <a href="http://www.wilco.org/CountyDepartments/Elections/tabid/450/Default.aspx" target="_blank">unofficial elections totals </a>early this morning, following a technical delay that required one of the voting machines to be read by a technician.</p><p>Following poll closures last night, one of the iVotronic machines at a Williamson County precinct malfunctioned and election administrators at the precinct were unable to access the results from that machine. Administrators called a technician to obtain the results from the machine.&nbsp;</p><p>"The backlight went out on one of our voting machines and so the election judge couldn't see the screen in order to get it properly closed. And so we had a technician that had come down from Dallas to repair the machine so that we could get the votes counted from that machine," Connie Watson, Public Affairs Manager for Williamson County, says. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:35:00 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5566 at http://kut.org Following a Technical Delay, Unofficial Results From Williamson County Are In Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech http://kut.org/post/transcript-president-obamas-victory-speech <em>Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. Source: </em>Federal News Service<p><em>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.</em><p>(Cheers, applause.)<p><strong>AUDIENCE MEMBERS:</strong> (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!<p><strong>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:</strong> Thank you. Thank you. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:21:11 +0000 5564 at http://kut.org Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech http://kut.org/post/audio-and-transcript-romneys-concession-speech <em>Transcript of Mitt Romney's concession speech in the presidential race in Boston. Source: </em>Federal News Service<p><em>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.</em><p>(Cheers, applause.)<p><strong>MITT ROMNEY:</strong> Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you.<p>I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:04:49 +0000 5563 at http://kut.org Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech Obama's Win Powered By Organization, If Not Ideas http://kut.org/post/obama-wins-re-election 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.<p>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.<p>And in swing states that now serve as pickers of our presidents, Obama and his tea Wed, 07 Nov 2012 04:38:06 +0000 Liz Halloran, NPR 5553 at http://kut.org Obama's Win Powered By Organization, If Not Ideas Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term http://kut.org/post/some-states-called-eyes-crucial-swing-states-amid-close-race Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.<p>"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:43:12 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 5551 at http://kut.org Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term Live Blog: Battleground http://kut.org/post/live-blog-battleground **Refresh this page often for the latest updates.**<p class="p2">A quick head's up on what this is. The Battleground is an aggregation of NPR member stations' content produced during election night. It's curated by the staff at NPR Digital Services, including Eric Athas, Teresa Gorman, Will Snyder, Kim Perry and Erin Teare Martin. The list of participating stations and states is posted at the bottom.<p class="p2"><strong>The big story tonight is that Obama has been projected to win a second term as President. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:14:34 +0000 5548 at http://kut.org Live Blog: Battleground How Long Are Voting Lines in Austin? http://kut.org/post/how-long-are-voting-lines-austin <p>In the last presidential election, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_3G">iPhone 3G</a> was the hottest phone on the market, and there were just a few million people on Twitter. Now <a href="http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Smartphone-Update-Sept-2012.aspx">almost half of American adults</a> own smartphones and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/500-million-registered-users_b18842">more than 500 million</a>&nbsp;use Twitter. So let's check out what they're saying about voting lines! We'll be trawling the internet and adding new info here.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:49:46 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh, Nathan Bernier, Laura Rice & Mark Dewey 5541 at http://kut.org How Long Are Voting Lines in Austin? Voting Issues: Long Lines In Florida, Confusion In New Jersey http://kut.org/post/voting-issues-long-lines-florida-confusion-new-jersey As the voting day has progressed, we've seen some reports of irregularities.. Throughout the day, we'll be surveying our reporters and other news organizations and keep track of significant irregularities in this post.<p>So far, the big problem has been long lines. Some voters have had to wait hours in line to cast their ballot in battleground states like Florida and Virginia and those affected by Superstorm Sandy like New York. <p><strong>We'll start with Florida: </strong><p>In the Sunshine State some voters have waited up to three hours to cast their ballots. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:03:28 +0000 5543 at http://kut.org Voting Issues: Long Lines In Florida, Confusion In New Jersey