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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Maryland Approves Gambling Expansion

Marylanders handily passed a ballot initiative expanding gambling in the state Tuesday after a lengthy and vitriolic ad campaign; supporters in Prince George's County celebrated a victory and looked forward to a new casino.

David Grosso Defeats Michael Brown For D.C. Council

Challenger David Grosso has wrenched an at-large D.C. Council seat from incumbent Michael Brown, making it the first time in 15 years an incumbent has lost a council election. All other members retained their seats in Tuesday's election.

Kaine Wins Virginia Senate Seat; Victory Takes Allen Supporters By Surprise

Virginians elected Democrat Tim Kaine as its next U.S. Senator, despite former Gov. George Allen leading Kaine for much of election night. In a concession speech, Allen reached across the aisle to try and put the campaign behind them.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Marion Barry Calls For Investigation Into Elections Board

Long lines at polling precincts in the District have one council member calling for an immediate investigation into D.C.'s Board of Elections.

Obama, Romney Campaigns Rally In Virginia Last Time Before Election Day

Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have ramped up their efforts in Virginia leading up to Election Day.

D.C. Residents Face Three Charter Amendments On Ballot

Due to last year's ethics overhaul in the District, D.C. voters face three charter amendments on this year's ballot.

Alexandria Community Fights VDOT's Ramp Proposals

A homeowners' group in Alexandria is fighting a proposal by Virginia transportation planners to build a highway ramp near their homes.

Battleground: The Election Day View From NPR Stations In Key States

Dispatches from battleground states around the country from NPR reporters and member stations. 

Virginia's Kaine, Allen Spent Most On U.S. Senate Race

Virginia's senate race is officially the most expensive in the country, and polls are still showing that it's very close between former governors Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R). 

Voter Turnout Expected To Be Near 2008 Levels In Virginia

Voter turnout in Virginia is expected to be near the levels of the 2008 general election, and the number of early voters in the state thus far has local officials thinking they're on track to beat the records. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Alligator Seized In Anne Arundel Drug Arrest

Along with thousands of dollars in marijuana and various paraphernalia, police in Anne Arundel County stumbled on a 3-foot alligator in a recent search and seizure operation.

Long Night Ahead For Candidates As Virginia Takes To Polls

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Virginia is deadlocked heading into Election Day, and with the margins in the Presidential and Senate races expected to be small, Tuesday might be a long day for the candidates.

O'Malley: Don't Count On Polls, Get Out To Vote

While signs point to victory for Maryland governor Martin O'Malley on same-sex marriage and the DREAM Act, he cautioned supporters not to let promising poll numbers keep them from the ballot box.

Wells, Cheh Question Move To Lower Speed Camera Fines

Mayor Vincent Gray's move to lower fines for those caught by the District's speed cameras took D.C. Council members by surprise, as they had been exploring similar legislation.

Opposition To Early Voting In Virginia Goes Back Centuries

The lack of true early voting in Virginia has roots that go back through much of political history. The story is much the same as it is now — one party feels the other stands to gain more by its addition.