Election 2012

Beyond November
6:08 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Race Of Strange Turns: McCaskill's Road To Victory

Claire McCaskill gives her victory speech on Nov. 6, 2012 in St. Louis.
Frank Morris/KCUR

The U.S. Senate race in Missouri was sewed up by Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill by 10 p.m. last night.

McCaskill got nearly 58 percent of Missouri ‘s vote compared to Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s 39 percent.

Early in the campaign, pundits predicted McCaskill would not be able to hold onto her seat.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, it was a race filled with strange turns.

Starting with an upward battle

Claire McCaskill was one of the GOP’s top targets in their attempt to take back the U.S. Senate.

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Beyond November
2:37 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Wagner Takes Akin's Old Congressional Seat

Wagner takes the stage at her election night party.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

In the race to take Congressman Akin’s old seat, Republican Ann Wagner soundly trounced Democrat Glenn Koenen. At her election night party, Wagner said she got into this race because she was a “fed up mother.”

“And you know what? I think our country needs some tough love," Wagner told the crowd. "And I’m ready to deliver that – that I promise you.”

Wagner held her campaign party at the Frontenac Hilton, the same place as Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence. But the two decided to hold their events in different ballrooms at the same hotel.

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Beyond November
1:44 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term

President Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night in Chicago.
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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.

"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. And you've made me a better president.

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1:21 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Plummer Concedes To Enyart In Illinois 12th District

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A Republican lumber company executive is conceding defeat in a southern Illinois congressional race.

Jason Plummer made Wednesday's announcement a day after voters in the 12th Congressional District elected Democrat Bill Enyart, a Belleville lawyer who has headed the Illinois National Guard. The Green Party's Paula Bradshaw finished third.

Plummer says in a one-paragraph statement e-mailed to The Associated Press that he thanks the thousands of supporters, volunteers and friends who backed his campaign.

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3:23 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Across The Region, Voters Voice Their Choices

In 2008, Terron Morris finally cast his vote in the tiny municipality of Velda City at 10 p.m. This year, his wait was much shorter.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

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St. Louis Public Radio reporters went out around the city and county today, speaking to voters across the region. Here are some of the experiences they had:

Early problems, followed by smooth sailing

The long lines at St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Penrose neighborhood had disappeared by lunchtime.

Earlier in the day, more than 100 people walked away after poll workers did not have the book listing registered voters in one precinct.

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Beyond November
12:39 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Early Observations Point To Strong Voter Turnout

A voting machine.
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Early indications are that Missouri officials' prediction of a strong turnout for the election might be accurate.

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office is reporting there were long lines shortly after polls opened at 6 a.m. today. The office is also receiving many phone calls from people checking their registration or verifying their polling places.

The Kappa House, a polling place in midtown St. Louis, had a steady stream of voters late this morning. 19-year-old Treniece Stockard was one of them. Among her concerns? Student loans.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:25 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Day: An Early Take

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It’s Election Day and while we won’t know the results until this evening, we take the beginning of our program to check in with reporters at several polling locations to see how the voting process is moving along.

Host Don Marsh talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach and Tri States Public Radio’s Jason Parrott about voting in St. Louis, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois.

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Beyond November
5:12 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Night With Beyond November

Voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo. on Nov. 6, 2012.
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Thank you for joining us for Election Day, and later, election night. Our live blog has concluded, but our coverage isn't over.

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2:17 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Akin Sees 'Fire And Enthusiasm' In Campaign

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin believes surging support will pull him through.

The Republican spent his final full day of campaigning on Monday by thanking supporters at several stops in the St. Louis area. In St. Peters, he told a couple of dozen volunteers that he sees what he called a "fire and enthusiasm" for his campaign to unseat Democrat Claire McCaskill.

McCaskill was making several stops around the state on Monday.

McCaskill says voters will have a choice between a moderate and an extremist when they cast ballots Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race. 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:47 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

A Conversation With Mo. U.S. Senate Candidate Claire McCaskill

Senator Claire McCaskill
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

The race for U.S. Senate in Missouri between Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican Congressman Todd Akin is close and has garnered national attention.

Recent polling data shows Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney leads in Missouri, as does McCaskill over Akin, by a slim margin.

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