Gabe Fleisher

(Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon)

A lot has happened to 12-year-old Gabe Fleisher in the last year and a half. He’s garnered local and national press attention and recently got to meet one of his favorite historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

His teeth now sport a set of braces with red, white and blue anchors.

It's all part of a day in the life of Gabe Fleisher, political junkie.

In 2012, he was a regular blogger on the Beyond November website, a cooperative effort by St. Louis Public Radio, the St. Louis Beacon and the Nine Network of Public Media to cover the elections.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Gabe Fleisher, the 11-year-old blogger and pundit from University City, attended the McCaskill-Akin debate on Thursday. Here are his impressions.

Much to my chagrin, the 2012 election season is coming to a close. As I look back at the past 18 months I have had the honor of reporting on the elections, there is one big surprise that I can think of: the U.S. Senate right here in Missouri.