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In Storm-Ravaged N.J. Town, A Scramble At The Polls

It was not an ordinary Election Day in Belmar, N.J., one of the beach towns that was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Some of the regular polling places were flooded, and town officials had to come up with new ways to get voters to the polls.

New Mother Votes Before Delivering Baby Girl

First-time mother and first-time voter Galicia Malone of Chicago didn't expect to become both on the same day. After going into labor, the 21 year old stopped by New Life Celebration Church to vote before driving to the hospital where she delivered a baby girl.

MIT Shirt Fools Florida Poll Workers

In Boca Raton, Fla., Bocanewsnow reports a woman showed up with a shirt that said Mitt. She was denied entry to vote. But a closer inspection of her shirt showed the Republican candidate's first name was misspelled. An election supervisor let her vote after confirming the shirt said MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Democratic Candidates Do Well In Sunshine State

In Florida, the presidential race is still too close to call. Exit polls show President Obama with strong support among Black and Hispanic voters in the state. The party retained a Senate seat and picked up a few key congressional races.

Hurricane Sandy Victims Vote Amid Storm Chaos

It was a not an easy day for voting in parts of the Northeast. Communities hit hard by last week's Hurricane Sandy saw long lines and confusion at polling places. Some voters had to fill out emergency ballots.

Hotel Rooms: A Precious Commodity Along N.J. Coast

FEMA is looking to put more displaced people in hotels, but in areas of coastal New Jersey, that's easier said than done. Rooms are incredibly hard to come by, as hotels are full with evacuees from the coast. Meanwhile, out-of-state workers who've come to help with the recovery have to sleep in the back of trucks.

Obama Wins Popular Vote, Controls Electoral College

Voters have given President Obama a second term in office. He defeated Republican Mitt Romney in a hard-fought race in which the economy was the dominant issue. In the end, Obama narrowly won the popular vote but captured more than 300 electoral votes to Romney's 206.

Wis. Elects First Openly Gay Person To U.S. Senate

Wisconsin voters chose the Obama ticket over their own native son Paul Ryan. And the state is sending the first openly gay senator to Washington: Tammy Baldwin defeated former Governor Tommy Thompson for the seat of retiring Senator Herb Kohl.