Earlier today, President Obama made a phone call to a campaign volunteer during a visit to a campaign field office in Chicago. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters.
Elsewhere in New Hampshire, polls also opened just after midnight in this town, Hart’s Location. Volunteer Nancy Dindorf checks a name off her list as town moderator Les Schoof places a ballot in the box at the city’s town hall. Photo by Alexander Cohn/Concord Monitor.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- As one of the reddest states in the country, Oklahoma's presidential ballots are practically a foregone conclusion. But two races in the eastern half of the state are in high contention: Congressional District 1 and Congressional District 2. The latter has drawn national attention, as recent polls show that the district, which has been held by Democrat Dan Boren since 2004, may flip and further strengthen the Republican foothold in the House of Representatives. The race pits Republican candidate Markwayne Mullin against Democratic candidate Rob Wallace. In this report, Oklahoma News Report journalist Steve Bennett speaks with each candidate, one of which says tonight's election for CD2 is a choice between right and wrong, while the other says it's a choice between socialism and the republic.
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NEW YORK -- Ramona Roxanne Beard and her daughter Ashley Adeline Beard live in Coney Island in a building that still has no heat, no electricity and no hot water. They live on the seventh floor and the elevators are down. They had to take the bus to get to their polling site, pictured here, which was in a brand new location. But despite all the hardships, they were cheerful and optimistic. "I don’t have a lot but I have the power to vote,” said the elder Ms. Beard, in red.
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Although the battle for the U.S. Senate seat in Montana has dominated national headlines and much of the airwaves in this state, there are some closely fought races happening further down the ballot. The contest for governor has attracted a lot of attention and some questionable financial moves by the campaigns and the voters are also weighing in on four controversial ballot initiatives that cover issues like medical marijuana and corporate personhood. One initiative, put on the ballot by the Republican legislature, would ban undocumented residents from receiving state services. As journalism student Patrick Record reports, the debate is about the possibility of illegal immigration becoming an issue in Big Sky country rather than any what is happening now.
Voters in Ames, Iowa cast their vote at 9:13 a.m. in the gymnasium at Willow Creek Church. Lines moved quickly and voters had nearly no wait before casting their vote. Photo by Matt Van Winkle.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Perhaps no congressional district in Oklahoma is more Republican than the state's First Congressional District. The last Democrat to serve the district was James R. Jones, and that was over 25 years ago. But in a surprising primary election shake-down, incumbent James Sullivan lost his party's nomination for the district to political newcomer Jim Bridenstine. Running against him are two other political greenhorns: independent Craig Allen and Democratic candidate John Olsen.
Mitt Romney got a surprise endorsement from musician Meat Loaf at a high school rally last week.
The shot above is of Meat Loaf watching as Romney speaks during a campaign rally on Thursday in Defiance, Ohio. Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images.
NewsHour producer Aisha Turner spoke with Gene Grant, host of PBS’s “New Mexico in Focus.”
Grant thinks New Mexico will go for President Obama, partially out of an expectation that Republican nominee Mitt Romney will cede some votes to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson – the state’s former governor.
From the archives: In July, NewsHour senior correspondent Gwen Ifill visited Des Moines, Iowa, where the candidates flocked to the famous Iowa State Fair.
In her column today, Gwen Ifill writes reminisces about her early years covering campaigns. Back then she was assigned to covering the losing candidates, “like the political angel of death,” she writes. (And bonus: the column includes a shot of Gwen covering Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign.)