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Post-'Citizens United' Senate Snapshot: Money Doesn't Guarantee Victory

The battle for the Senate was a proving ground for the new Citizens United politics. Outside groups unleashed heavily funded barrages of attack ads meant to help elect candidates while letting them keep their distance from the nastiness. In Ohio and Virginia, the tactic failed in rather dramatic ways.
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On The Issues: How Obama Prevailed

The economy wasn't the only issue that voters were concentrating on, and President Obama's message in several other key areas during the debates and in campaign speeches contributed to his victory.
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Social Media Likes 'I Voted' Stickers

Proudly displayed by voters on their foreheads, their children and even their dogs, the ubiquitous "I Voted" sticker became a social media star on Tuesday.
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Heavy Turnout, Confusion Over Voter ID Causes Some Issues

Election Day brought the usual reports of malfunctioning voting machines, and voting-rights lawyers said they received reports from Pennsylvania that some residents were erroneously being told they needed photo ID. But even in battleground states, there were few reports of major problems by late evening.
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A Possible Sweep For Gay Marriage Measures

For the first time, voters have approved marriage rights for same-sex couples. Voters also considered a slew of other ballot measures related to marijuana use, union regulation and taxes.
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Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term

By holding the "Midwest firewall" — including Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan — the president handily defeated challenger Mitt Romney. Obama won seven of the eight battleground states and is ahead in Florida, the final battleground.
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Republicans Keep The House; Democrats Likely To Retain Senate

Republicans need a net gain of just three or four seats to take over the Senate and — assuming they keep the House — consolidate influence on Capitol Hill. Despite the favorable election arithmetic, Republicans are foundering in several key Senate races and face an uphill battle.
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Electoral Dysfunction

Long lines, technical glitches and confusion over new voting rules marred Tuesday's presidential election. We look at the factors behind our flawed election process, and what's being done to address problems.

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How The New President Might Rebuild Top Cabinets

Lynn Neary speaks with four NPR correspondents who cover presidential cabinet offices whose chiefs may be replaced, regardless of who wins the presidential election. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton intends to leave the administration even if President Obama continues in office. State Department correspondent Michele Kelemen assesses who the president might choose to replace her or who Mitt Romney might choose to be his Secretary of State. Defense correspondent Tom Bowman looks at the possibilities of who might replace Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson goes over the names in play among Democrats and Republicans for the Attorney General's office. And John Ydstie takes a look at who might be the next Secretary of the Treasury.

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