Democrats expected incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., to lose her seat come November. But after her challenger Republican Todd Akin made controversial remarks about rape and abortion, McCaskill gained a lead -- becoming the projected winner tonight. Gwen Ifill reported on the key race, which may dictate which party controls the Senate, in October.
A man votes in the U.S. presidential election inside the Town Hall in Franconia, Minn. REUTERS/Eric Miller.
NEW YORK -- Ten minutes before polls closed in New York City, this is how full polling place PS92 in Brooklyn was. Voting scanning machines had been breaking down, slowing the flow of voters. Photo sent by photographer Marc Joseph Rosenblatt, who had been standing in line for over two hours. -- reported by Christina Knight.
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NEW YORK -- "We got Pennsylvania," Geraldine Sweeney shouted at Mr. Dennehy's tavern in the West Village. She and a fellow Irish ex-pat living in New York City had canvassed on behalf of Barack Obama in Pennylvania this past Saturday, door-to-door. Others in New York had volunteered at phone banks to make campaign calls for Obama to Pennyslvania voters. -- Reported by Christina Knight
These cardboard cutouts of Obama and Romney were spotted at the U.S. embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, by local journalist Nicola Kean during the embassy’s Election Day party.
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- Volunteer Loretta Childs (L) talks to a man at an Obama Milwaukee office as volunteers get in their last efforts the day before election day. The state was called for President Obama on Tuesday. Photo by Darren Hauck.
Polls in California close at 11 p.m. ET.
Reporter Natalie Walsh of KPBS spoke with NewsHour producer Aisha Turner about waning support for California Gov. Jerry Brown's Prop 30 initiative, which would raise sales and income taxes to fund education. A dueling measure from civil rights attorney Molly Munger -- Prop 38 -- would aim to give even more tax dollars to education, but that, too, is getting the cold shoulder from voters.
U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin (C, in grey) waits in line to vote at the StarBridge Christian Center during the U.S. presidential election in Wildwood, Missouri, November 6, 2012. REUTERS / Sarah Conard.
Also, in Missouri, Claire McCaskill won the Senate seat, defeating Todd Akin.
Meanwhile, in the Ohio GOP party, we are celebrating... the re-election of a state Supreme Court judge.— daveweigel (@daveweigel) November 7, 2012
In 2008, North Carolina went blue for the first time since 1976, in large part due to a high turnout of African-American voters. But with enthusiasm ebbing over the down economy and unmet expectations among key voting blocs, turnout was a topic of concern for both camps throughout the campaign. Jeff Brown filed this report in October.
BOISE, Idaho -- The parents, teachers and others who have been working to defeat the Republican-crafted education reform laws in Idaho have filled a room at a Downtown Boise hotel. "I think we’ve got a long evening ahead of us," said Mike Lanza, a writer, father and chairman of the campaign against the laws. "We’re very excited, We’re feeling good."