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Colo., Wash. Voters Pass Marijuana Ballot Issues

Voters in Washington state and Colorado approved ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana use. In Colorado, the drug will be regulated like alcohol. Residents over 21 years old will be allowed up to an ounce of marijuana.
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Romney Concedes Hard-Fought Race To Obama

Mitt Romney fell short of his goal to become president. On his plane Tuesday night, Romney told reporters that he had only written one speech — a victory address. But he did not deliver that speech.
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Democrats Retain Control Of U.S. Senate

One-third of Senate seats were up for election. Republicans lost seats in Massachusetts and Indiana. And Democrats withstood hard-fought challenges to seats they have controlled since 2007 in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Connecticut.
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Obama's Victory Speech, Romney's Concession Speech

Early Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney took the stage in Boston and congratulated President Barack Obama on his re-election. He told his supporter that the nation is at a "critical point," and called politicians to reach across the aisle. Forty minutes later, the president appeared in Chicago and told supporters that he believes the nation can "seize the future together."
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Gay-Marriage Supporters Do Well In State Elections

There were many more ballot initiatives across the country. A constitutional amendment proposed in Minnesota would've defined marriage as strictly between a man and a woman. That effort was defeated by voters — one of several victories for supporters of same-sex marriage Tuesday night.
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DREAM Act Supporters Rally Arizona Voters

In Arizona, some people who couldn't vote had a personal stake in getting others to the polls. Young undocumented immigrants walked neighborhoods in the Phoenix area, looking for citizens who support one piece of legislation which could change their lives.
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Obama Pledges To Complete Economic Recovery

The nation's economy has been rebuilding since the recession ended in 2009, and in this election, the economy was a central issue from the beginning. Unemployment stands at 7.9 percent — slightly higher than when President Obama took office. In the end, the president handily rolled to re-election vowing to complete the country's recovery.
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Republican Response Likely To Be Tactical, Not Transformative

Initial indications from within the GOP were that Mitt Romney's defeat wasn't seen as a rejection of the Republican platform as much as a failure of its standard-bearer to run a competent enough campaign to defeat a vulnerable incumbent.
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For Obama, Vindication, But Not A Mandate

Obama has become only the third U.S. president to win re-election by a narrower margin than his first victory. Having won a second term, Obama will seek to set the nation's agenda on issues ranging from taxes to immigration, but he may continue to struggle in selling his ideas to Congress.

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