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Election Study: Black Turnout May Have Surpassed That Of Whites

Blacks also voted at a higher rate than other minorities in what could turn out to be a historic election, according to the Pew Research Center.

Romney Didn't Want To Run, Son Says

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee had to be convinced by his family to get into the race, his son tells the Boston Globe. "He wanted to be president less than anyone I've met in my life," Tagg Romney says.

Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012

George McGovern, Arlen Specter, Warren Rudman, Dan Inouye ... just some of the political giants who died in 2012. This week's super-sized Political Junkie column is dedicated to their memory.

Kerry's Cabinet Nod Sets Off Massachusetts Senate Fight

If John Kerry leaves the Senate to become secretary of state another Kennedy could fill his Senate seat — at least on an interim basis. And ousted Republican Scott Brown could have fighting chance of returning to the Capitol.

Open-Government Watchdogs OK With Closed-Door Fiscal Cliff Talks

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held another closed-door meeting Monday. If that secrecy troubled anyone, you'd expect it to be open-government watchdogs. But they have few objections. "Sometimes compromise has to be reached behind closed doors," says one.

Obama's Cabinet 2.0 Coming Into Focus

In the category of unintended consequences, Susan Rice's announcement about her future plans could mean a Republican in President Obama's inner circle, decorated Vietnam veterans overseeing the nation's military and foreign policy, and another special election for Senate in Massachusetts.

In Midwest Union Fights, Michigan Shows 2010 Election Still Trumps 2012

Michigan this week provided more shock treatment for organized labor and, by extension, the Democratic Party. And a lame-duck Legislature showed that elections do have consequences. But in this case, it was the election two years ago — the one that swept out Democrats in key statehouse races.

Add This Group To Obama's Winning Coalition: 'Religiously Unaffiliated'

The growing number of voters not aligned with a specific religion helped President Obama overcome deficits with Protestants and Catholics in key swing states. The Pew Research Center calls this group "nones" — agnostics, atheist and those who define themselves simply as "religious" or "spiritual but not religious."

Obama, Romney Each Raised More Than $1 Billion

The final fundraising numbers from this election season were filed on Thursday.