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Obama's Feat: Not Just Winning, But How He Won

Many of the minority groups central to President Obama's victory had long supported Democrats. But he's the first party leader to put together a stable — and majority — coalition since Franklin D. Roosevelt back in the 1930s. This coalition promises to pay dividends to his party for years to come.

It's All Politics, Nov. 8, 2012

Election Day has come and gone, but NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin are still trying to make sense of it all. Was it close? Well, a 50-to-48 percent popular-vote edge for President Obama certainly indicates that. But the Electoral College split was another story.

Congresswoman-Elect Grace Meng On 'Girl Power'

With the electorate becoming more diverse, so are the people they're electing to represent them. Host Michel Martin speaks with congresswoman-elect Grace Meng. She's part of the new group of female lawmakers heading to Washington and the first Asian American to represent New York in Congress.

What Clinched It For Obama? Two-Way Readers Have Many Answers

The reasons include a stronger economy and a better-run campaign, readers say. Many also say Republicans just didn't have the right message. And, some argue, the news media favored the president.

In Hindsight, Those Presidential Polls Looked Just Fine

Election night results fell within the margin of error for many of the best-known national polls, including several that had faced regular criticism during the election season.