DENVER -- This is Megan Verlee, politics reporter for Colorado Public Radio. CPR will have a team of journalists in the field today and working as late as necessary tonight to report on the races, the results, and the conduct of the election itself here in the Centennial state.
DENVER -- In Colorado, "purple mountain majesty" has become as much a description of our politics and our landscape. Over the past three presidential elections, the state has moved from a Republican mainstay to a near-perfect political balance, a change driven by the influx in recent years of Latinos and highly-educated younger workers, and by an increasingly sophisticated and well-funded Democratic political operation. While polls show the presidential race is a dead heat here, voters have other issues to consider as well, including the first post-redistricting Congressional races and a ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Coming next on our live-stream video: Political editor Christina Bellantoni and Roll Call reporter Joshua Miller highlight House and Senate races from Massachusetts to Florida.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – From Kentuckian Lisa Summers Cleveland: "I think our country is at a crossroads and neither path we ultimately take is without peril. The major problems we face must be dealt with -- out-of-control debt, threats in the Middle East, a high unemployment rate and a struggling economy -- to name just a few. Personally, I never want to have to rely upon government to take care of me. I'm a firm believer in self determination and personal responsibility. But I also think it's important for government to offer a temporary helping hand to those in need. But that assistance shouldn't become a lifestyle. Otherwise, it encourages dependence and destroys individual incentive."
BALTIMORE -- Marylanders are poised to be the first in the nation to approve a state wide ballot initatives legaling same sex marriage and giving children of undocumnetend immigrants the ability to get instate tuition. The measures are being championed by Governor Martin O'Malley. He's considering a Presidential run in 2016. Lots of outside money is coming in and turnout is brisk. Average wait time is 1 hour.
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Our next guest, election law expert Rick Hasen, will be online shortly.
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- This is Frank Graff from UNC-TV in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and the statewide PBS program North Carolina Now. Polling places across the state report crowds early this morning when polls opened at 7 a.m., but since then most long lines are gone and precincts report a steady stream of voters. That’s in part because of the 2.5 million voters who took advantage of early voting, which is almost 41 percent of the state’s 6.6 million registered voters. North Carolina is a battleground state in the presidential race, and most polls show the race essentially a tie. Voters also are electing a governor, state legislature, and a host of local officials as well as deciding local issues.