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44: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Video: Notes to Obama

Right after the elections hundreds of messages are being written on makeshift walls near the Lincoln Memorial wishing Obama good luck.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Voters  
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Obama Calls Nancy Reagan

"President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off-handed remark he made during today's press conference," transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter announced.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  B_Blog, Transition  
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Six More Foreign-Leader Calls for Obama

President-elect Barack Obama continued his round of congratulatory calls with foreign leaders today, speaking briefly with six more leaders, after chatting with nine on Thursday.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  B_Blog, Cast of Characters, National Security, Transition  
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Make That 365: Obama on Track to Pick Up Nebraska Electoral Vote

Obama appears likely to add one more electoral vote to his already decisive total, thanks to a passel of outstanding ballots that were counted today in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Election Day  
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Black and Urban Groups Ponder an Obama Presidency

For one group of policy advocates, the election of the first black president has turned politicking on its head. How do black advocacy groups push a black agenda to a black president?

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Cast of Characters  
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Mark Warner Still Polling

The wealthy Virginia Democrat, triumphant in the Senate election on Tuesday, had Peter D. Hart Associates, the polling firm for his campaign, phoning Virginians Thursday evening.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?

Barack Obama used his first press conference since winning the presidential election earlier this week to sound a reassuring note on the economy even while acknowledging that he has limited tools at his disposal to turn things around before he formally takes office in January.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Economy, Transition  
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Obama Aide Instructs Policy Advisers: Avoid the Press

Obama communications dept. asks policy committee to decline all requests from reporters.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  B_Blog, In the Loop, Transition  
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On the Web, Change You Can Change Into

Change.com takes readers to a very different site than Change.gov.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, New Media  
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More Dirt on Sarah Palin's Fancy Duds

The McCain-Palin campaign is over, but Wardrobe-gate lives on.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Obama Holds First News Conference as President-Elect

President-elect Obama addresses the nation.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  B_Blog, Primary Source  
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John and Cindy's 'Thank You' Note

Having had a few days to recover from the intense pre-election period, John and Cindy McCain e-mailed their supporters today a final "thank you" note, urging them to offer Democratic President-elect Barack Obama "good will."

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  John McCain, Primary Source  
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Behind the Scenes with Barack Obama

By Garance Franke-Ruta As the Nov. 5 editions of newspapers across the country have sold...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 7, 2008; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Making the Rounds  
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DHS Secretary Chertoff Outlines Transition Efforts

By Spencer S. Hsu Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff added his voice to those Bush...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Obama Malware Hits Inboxes

An malicious e-mail is taking advantage of new interest in the president-elect.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Post-Election, Obama Coffee Club Tries to Manage Expectations

After talking about Obama every morning for the past two years, a group of self-proclaimed geezers tries to move their conversation forward.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Battlegrounds  
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Democrats Drafting Lists of Bush Rules to Change

Lawmakers and top health aides on both the House and Senate sides have been preparing lists of what they consider to be the most onerous or offensive Bush administration executive orders, rules and regulations that a President Obama could rescind quickly.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Change.gov Is Up and Running

The Obama transition team has its Web site up and running.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  New Media, Transition  
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Barney Gets Territorial

Presidential terrier Barney gets aggressive with a reporter.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  White House  
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Clinton Veterans Tapped for Enviro Transition Oversight

David Hayes, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Interior under Clinton, has been tapped to oversee President-elect Barack Obama's transition at the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, according to a source close to the transition

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Agencies, Transition  
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AP Calls North Carolina for Obama

President-elect Barack Obama has won North Carolina, adding 15 electoral votes to his wide victory and a symbolic triumph in a state that hadn't voted for a Democrat in more than a generation.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  B_Blog, Election Day  
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Obama to Hold News Conference Friday

Barack Obama is expected to make his debut as president-elect at a news conference tomorrow.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Obama Transition Web Site Hits a Glitch

The tech-savvy Obama campaign did not get off to a great start with its new transition Web site.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  New Media  
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Bush to Meet With Obama

President Bush said today that he will meet with President-elect Barack Obama at the White House early next week to discuss issues including the economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Transition  
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Emanuel Accepts Job as Obama Chief of Staff

Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has, as expected, accepted the job as chief of staff to President-elect Barack Obama, according to informed Democratic sources.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  B_Blog, Transition, White House  
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Robert F. Kennedy Eyed to Head EPA

Obama is looking at appointing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to head the Environmental Protection Agency, though he is eying several other prominent environmentalists as well.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  B_Blog, The Agencies, Transition  
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Destination Washington: Southwest Airlines Sees Surge in Reservations

Southwest Airlines is reporting a 100 percent spike in ticket bookings for flights into the Washington region timed to the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration Week  
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Ogden Will Lead Justice Dept. Transition

By Carrie Johnson Clinton Administration veteran David Ogden is leading the transition team for the...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Agencies, Transition  
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Women's Group Not Hot on Summers

By Garance Franke-Ruta A group founded by supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Cabinet, Transition  
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Murray Reflects on Obama Campaign

The Post's Shailagh Murray describes her experience covering Barack Obama's presidential campaign over the last two years. (Video by Ed O'Keefe / washingtonpost.com)

By Web Politics Editor  | November 6, 2008; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Video Report  
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Laura Bush Invites Michelle Obama to Visit New Home

Obama accepted the offer to visit the White House with her daughters and a trip will be scheduled soon.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 8:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  B_Blog, The First Lady  
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Bush Immigration Chief Julie Myers Out

Myers' tenure in the position started out rocky but led to high arrest rates of illegal immigrants.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  B_Blog, Immigration, The Agencies, Transition  
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The Daily Show's Early Call

Just like CNN, at 11(ish) p.m., faux-anchor Jon Stewart called the presidential race for Obama.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In Case You Missed It, Making the Rounds  
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Oprah Unleashed in Post-Election Show

Oprah Winfery launched a post-election discussion on her program, the first televised political conversation she's moderated since announcing her personal support for Barack Obama last year.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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In Pa., Pockets of Doubt About an Obama Presidency

Some voters still harbor doubts and reservations about Obama -- and aren't afraid to say so.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Battlegrounds, The Voters  
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Obama Announces Transition Team -- and Web Site

President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his transition operation today, an ambitious effort aimed at preparing his administration to quickly meet the daunting challenges that await post-inauguration.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Palin Says Loss Wasn't Her Fault

Speaking to reporters in Phoenix on Wednesday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blamed the economy as the main reason that she and John McCain failed in their bid for the White House.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Sarah Palin, Video Report  
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Pelosi Hails Obama's Historic Victory

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed the victory of Barack Obama in Tuesday's election and said she thought the American people had spoken out 'loudly and clearly' for change in the country.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Rahm Emanuel Mulling Obama Job Offer

Emanuel is strongly considering an offer from President-elect Barack Obama to serve as White House chief of staff, according to Democratic sources.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Washington Post to Print Commemorative Edition of Today's Paper

The Washington Post will produce 150,000 copies of a commemorative edition of today's paper.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Rice Calls Obama Win 'Important Step Forward'

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the highest-ranking African American in the Bush administration, today promised to do all she could to ensure a smooth transition for President-elect Barack Obama.

By Washington Post Editor  | November 5, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Capital Welcomes Obama

The streets of Washington exploded as roughly 1,000 descended on the White House to dance, chant and cheer.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  B_Blog, Joel's Two Cents, Washington Life  
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Bush: Obama Victory 'Impressive'

President Bush this morning reacted to President-elect Barack Obama's victory in brief remarks that put the vote in the context of the civil rights movement and made a point of referring to Obama as the next commander in chief.

By Washington Post Editor  | November 5, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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What It All Means

Washington Post reporters and columnists survey the landscape: Kevin Merida: America's History Gives Way to...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Washington Sketch: Reality Suspended, Until It Prevailed

Dana Milbank sketches election night with John McCain in Phoenix.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Rough Sketch  
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Video: D.C. Celebrates Obama Victory

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By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 2:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In City of Brotherly Love, Festive Obama Backers Take to the Streets

By Libby Copeland PHILADELPHIA --The city tonight is -- wow. Words can barely describe it....

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 1:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Everything is Different'

Chicago residents react with joy and overwhelming emotion as Obama wins.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 1:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Chicago Gets the Celebratory Party Started

By Kari Lydersen CHICAGO -- The party in downtown Chicago started long before the announcement...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 1:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Next President's First Text Message

By Peter Slevin CHICAGO -- Two minutes before he began speaking, the president-elect's first text...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 1:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Video: McCain Concedes to Obama

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By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 12:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Election Night Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama

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By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Ecstatic Chicago Crowd Awaits Man of the Hour

By Shailagh Murray CHICAGO -- An ecstatic sea of Barack Obama supporters danced, cried and...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 5, 2008; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hillary Clinton Calls Obama to Offer Congratulations

By Anne E. Kornblut Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sen. Barack Obama at around 11:30...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 4, 2008; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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'Ecstasy' in Chicago Tonight, Says Jesse Jackson

Pausing between a series of television interviews on the main risers at Grant Park, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said "there's a joy, there's an ecstasy" in Chicago tonight as Sen. Barack Obama draws closer to the presidency.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Obama Plays it Cool

The "no drama" campaign can barely suppress a collective grin, but the candidate is playing it cool -- as usual.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Live-Blogging the State-by-State Results: Obama Wins

The play-by-play on the leading House, Senate and gubernatorial races, along with presidential race state results and turnout details from across the country.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 4, 2008; 9:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  B_Blog, Battlegrounds, Election Day  
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Many Insufficient Returns

For the election spectator, the evening has now entered its squishy period -- the numbers are too early and eccentric to decide anything for certain.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 9:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Even Chicago's Skyline Ready to Celebrate

In Chicago's Grant Park, Obama supporters begin gathering for the evening's events.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rahm Emanuel Emerges as a Front-runner for Obama Chief of Staff Spot

Even before returns rolled in, speculation was mounting that Rahm Emanuel might be selected as White House chief of staff, should Sen. Barack Obama be elected president.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 4, 2008; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Biden Wins Senate Race in Delaware

Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) has been declared the winner to a seventh Senate term that he hopes to never serve.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McCain Manager Says GOP Unpopularity, Economy a Drag

Steve Schmidt says it is doubtful that any candidate will ever have to run in a less favorable political climate than the one John McCain faced.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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TN: Long Lines, But No Big Hang-ups

Early voting saved state from huge Election Day delays.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  50 States, B_Blog  
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OR: Turnout Likely to Surpass Nixon-Kennedy

Oregon expects last-minute ballots to break turnout record.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NJ: Official Urges Patience

Secretary of State reminds voters that anyone in line by 8 p.m. will be able to vote.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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TX: Statewide Races Draw Interest

Some of the more closely watched races in this solidly red state are three being waged by prominent black Republicans.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PA: Voting Unlikely to Need Extension

With less than 90 minutes to go before the polls were scheduled to close at 8 p.m., state election officials predicted near-record voter turnout.

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AZ: One Alleged Scuffle, But No Major Problems

Local officials said there have been no major voting irregularities reported, but there was a scuffle today over a sign at one polling place.

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Did Young Voters Show in Real Life?

Young voters are turning out in droves on college campuses.

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MN: On Track to Shatter Records

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie expects the total number of votes cast to exceed 3 million.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bill Ayers Speaks

William Ayers, the former Weather Underground leader who became an issue in the 2008 campaign, said yesterday that he is not close to president-elect Barack Obama and that Obama's opponents had turned him into "a cartoon character."

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TX: Turnout Predicted Up From '04

Voter turnout in Texas was described as "steady, manageable, and with no unusually long lines."

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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HI: Ballot of Obama's Grandmother Will Be Counted

Barack Obama's grandmother may not be around to see the election's results, but her vote will count.

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OK: Confusion Among Eagles and Roosters

Complaints of allegedly partisan advice by a poll worker in Pottawatomie County were reported this morning.

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NE: 'We're a Small State, But We Vote'

The secretary of state revises his turnout prediction, saying it could climb to 75 percent.

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FL: An 'Eerily Quiet' Record Day

Florida seems likely to break its record for voter turnout, set when 83 percent of the electorate voted during the 1992 presidential election.

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NC: Most Voters Cast Ballots Before Noon

After a morning of unusually long lines and waits at many polling places, election officials in North Carolina reported that by mid-afternoon, voters were breezing in and out.

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SD: Turnout Boosted by Time Off

State law gives workers time to make it to the polls.

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IA: GOP Challenges Some Student Ballots

A number of absentee ballots are called into question.

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CO: Few Bottlenecks Thanks to Early Voting

After a morning rush to vote that led to some long lines, election officials report that Denver residents are generally finding it's getting much easier to cast their ballots.

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In Pa., Man's Best Voter Fraud?

A mysterious case of a canine companion who was invited to cast a vote.

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FL: Some Voters See Text Message Tricks

A few Florida Democrats report receiving a misleading message.

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ND: Celebrity Sighting at the Polls

By Carol D. Leonnig Some North Dakota voters got to see actress Kirsten Dunst up...

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WA: Not Just Free Coffee and Donuts

A store that is offering a free sex toy to anyone who casts a ballot has already been inundated by hundreds of voters.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 4, 2008; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MS: Police Say Voters Not Pulled From Line

Police deny reports that voters in Meridian, Miss. were pulled out of line and arrested on outstanding warrants.

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OK: Dems Hope to Beat Polls, If Not GOP

Democratic Party officials are optimistic about Obama's chances.

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MT: High Interest and Lots of Early Voting

Bowen Greenwood, spokesman for Secretary of State Brad Johnson, predicted that Montana voter turnout would top 70 percent.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 4, 2008; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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KY: Laura Bush Makes a Campaign Cameo

The First Lady stumped for GOP candidates in Kentucky.

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Indiana Republican Poll Workers Removed for Improper Vote Challenges

Two Republican elections workers have been removed from an Indianapolis area polling site for improperly challenging voters on the basis of their party affiliation.

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NE: Voters Excited, But Not United

Excitement overcame frustration at long lines at crowded polling places.

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Heavy Turnout, Few Glitches in the South

In states across the South, elections officials reported long lines in places that weren't used to them.

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CO: McCain Says He Feels Momentum

Still campaigning this afternoon in Grand Junction, Colo., John McCain told an Election Day rally that "America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here."

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IN: Republican Poll Workers Removed for Improper Vote Challenges

Two Republican elections workers have been removed from an Indianapolis area-polling site for improperly challenging voters on the basis of their party affiliation.

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MO: Voters Warned on Text Messages

Election officials in Missouri are warning voters to watch out for misleading text messages that are apparently designed to trick supporters of Democrat Barack Obama

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AZ: High Turnout in McCain's Home State

Turnout in Arizona was expected to be as high as 85 percent, boosted partly by a new permanent early voting system.

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Chicago Gets Ready for Obama Rally

News organizations that have ponied up hundreds, potentially thousands, of dollars for full access to tonight's election night rally in Grant Park have access to a fully catered breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks, as well.

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Dems Outnumber GOP in Key Ohio County

Officials in Franklin County, which includes Columbus, said that Democrats cast more than twice as many ballots as Republicans.

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Chicago Immigrants Rally Around Obama

Lines formed for the first time local residents could remember at polling places in neighborhoods on Chicago's southwest side with large immigrant populations

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CA: Poll Worker Passes Out, Votes Anyway

Despite falling ill, worker was determined to vote.

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KS: Voting Has a Rock Show Vibe

Long lines are "worth the wait," voters say.

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Biden Family Awaits Results in Chicago

Politics has long been a family affair for the senator from Delaware, and the Bidens seem prepared for a celebration.

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S.C.: An Election Day Birthday?

One voter braved the polls while in labor--she voted and was then rushed to the hospital.

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WI: Balmy Skies in the Badger State

Voters in Milwaukee had to contend with the same long lines as everyone else, but the real conversation-starter was the weather.

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NM: Early Voting a Popular Choice

Voting in the battleground state of New Mexico was going smoothly, with steady to light turnout, after large portions of the state's urban population voted early or cast absentee ballots.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebrity Sighting at the N.D. Polls

Some North Dakota voters got to see actress Kirsten Dunst up close in the election lines today as part of a documentary she and filmmaker Jacob Soboroff are producing on American voting, the Associated Press reported.

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NJ: Paper Ballots for Last-Minute Registrants

A small number of voters in New Jersey are having to vote using paper ballots instead of using voting machines because they registered so close to the deadline.

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CT: Turnout North of 90 Percent

In the reliably-blue Northeast, heavy voting is reported.

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Voters Share the Moment Online

A woman records her reaction to voting.

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RI: Flawed Ballot, Suspicious Powder

State officials predicted near-record turnout, although a polling place in East Providence was closed after a suspicious white powder was found.

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OH: Dems Outnumber GOP in Key County

In Ohio's Franklin County, which includes Columbus, officials said Democrats cast more than twice as many ballots as Republicans

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Record Turnout in Plains States

In the rural and Republican-leaning Plains states, election officials who had already expected voter turnout to break records were scurrying today to adjust those predictions upward.

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NY: Having it Both Ways in Buffalo

New York state Republicans urge voters to pick Obama--and GOP state senate candidates.

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CA: Same-Sex Marriage Question Draws Voters

With same-sex marriage on the line, California voters were showing up in mass at polling places in what is expected to be a record turnout for the nation's most populous state.

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NH: Earliest Voters Pick Obama

Obama defeated Republican John McCain by 15 to 6 in Dixville Notch, and by 17 to 10 in Hart's Location, with two votes for write-in candidate Ron Paul.

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MA: Obama Beats Kerry? Maybe in Turnout.

A beautiful, "no excuses" day of sunshine and a high of 64 degrees in Boston is expected to draw record turnout in the Bay State, a bastion for Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

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A McCain Supporter in a Sea of Obama Partisans

A McCain supporter tires of the ribbing from her Obama-backing co-workers.

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CA: Prop. 8 Weighs on Voters

Only one thing dampens the excitement of Obama-friendly crowds at a Santa Monica polling place: The gay marriage proposition on the California ballot.

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W.V.: Sunny Skies and Problem-Free Voting

Election officials in West Virginia say they are seeing moderately higher turnout than previous elections, and no problems so far.

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Palin Casts Her Vote and Keeps It Private

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin voted this morning at the town hall where she once served as mayor, but declined to say if she was voting for Sen. Ted Stevens.

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Harlem Voters Watch, Wait, Hope to Celebrate

There is a heady air of anticipation in Harlem as voters head to the polls.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Heading to the Polls in Biden's Home Town

Voters in Joe Biden's home town of Scranton, Pa., head to polls, deeply conflicted about the presidential choice.

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Obama Visits Indiana, Hoping for a Win

Obama flew Tuesday morning to Indianapolis for a last-minute trip that his campaign kept secret until near departure.

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Optimism Among Voters in Bush Country

At the polls in Houston, some voters say they're hopeful that John McCain will prevail.

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PA: Heavy Turnout and No Major Problems

Pennsylvania election officials say they are seeing heavy turnout across the state, but so far no reports of any major problems.

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Other Familiar Faces at Obama's Polling Place

Even as Obama cast his vote this morning to symbolize the end of his presidential campaign, some of the old ghosts of the last year continued to stalk him.

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Rainy Morning in Battleground of North Carolina

A steady rain poured through Raleigh Tuesday morning and the dark clouds gave extra weight to an already tense day.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama Boosting Gators and Nittany Lions?

Could Obama's playoff answer put swing states in play?

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Supporters Greet McCain at the Polls

GOP presidential candidate John McCain left his home this morning and cast his vote with the press in tow.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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NJ: Heavy Voting, Scattered Snags

Election officials in New Jersey say they are seeing heavy voter turnout throughout the Garden State, though long lines this morning seem to be letting up as the early-morning rush of people voting on their way into works subsides.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who Needs a Sticker? Facebook Users Change Status to 'Voted'

Because of online video, because of Twitter, because of Facebook updates and MySpace blogs and blogs in general, voting today becomes a collective virtual experience.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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At the End of an Extraordinary Ride

Campaign 2008 has been the longest and costliest in American history, but it has been much more than just that. As it comes to an end, it's safe to say we might not see one like this again.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Obama Casts Ballot in Chicago

Barack Obama arrived at Chicaco's Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School to cast a vote for himself at 7:36 a.m. this morning. He walked into his neighborhood polling location with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Biden Family's Flight Plan

Joe Biden's election day plans include a trip to Richmond and then on to Chicago.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In Manassas, Obama's Last Hurrah

Like human landscaping -- an artificial lake of humanity -- the Obama supporters filled a vast swale at the Prince William County Fairgrounds on Monday night for a final Barack Obama presidential campaign rally.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2008; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Final WaPo-ABC News Tracking Poll Shows Stable Obama Lead

The Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll concluded last night after 19 nights of interviewing, with Barack Obama ahead of John McCain 53 to 44 percent among likely voters.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 4, 2008; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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McCain's Seven-State Sprint: Arizona

Dispatches from the last day of campaigning, with Juliet Eilperin and Dana Milbank.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Palin Releases Clean Medical Summary Hours Before Polls Open

GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin released a two-page summary of her medical history.

By Post Editor  | November 3, 2008; 11:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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For Both Candidates, Life Lessons From High School Sports

By Scott Butterworth In prime-time appearances tonight on "Monday Night Football," Sens. John McCain and...

By Post Editor  | November 3, 2008; 10:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Biden Opens Up to Reporters for the First Time in a Month

Biden talks to his traveling press on his plane for the first time in a month.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 8:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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In Chicago, Laying Ground Work for a Potential Celebration

Barack Obama will hold his Election Night rally in Grant Park, a historic patch of downtown green space famous for 19th-century political conventions, 16-inch softball games and the legendary 1968 clashes between antiwar protesters and Chicago police outside the Democratic National Convention.

By Post Editor  | November 3, 2008; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Karl Rove Predicts Obama Blowout

Karl Rove predicts that Democratic nominee Barack Obama will win Tuesday's election with 338 electoral votes.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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2nd Alaska Probe Finds Palin Did Not Violate Ethics Rules

By James V. Grimaldi Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate to Republican presidential nominee...

By Post Editor  | November 3, 2008; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Obama's Final Swing: North Carolina

Dispatches from Obama's final day on the road.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Palin Energized Ohio and New Hampshire Voters, Both For and Against

Talking to voters in Ohio and New Hampshire over the past two weeks, it was hard not to concluded that a race that for most of its duration was about Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton wound up, during its final leg, being to a great degree about Sarah Palin.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Wright Ad May Be Too Little, Too Late

Ads paid for by the National Republican Trust political action committee, may be too little, in terms of the size of the ad buy, and come too late in the election to have much of an impact.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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In Past Two Weeks, Large Donors Gave Obama $11 Million

Over the past two weeks, the campaign has raised $11 million in large donations of $1,000 or greater.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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California GOP Files FEC Complaint Over Obama Visit to Grandmother

The California Republican Party complaint objected to the visit Sen. Barack Obama recently made to see his dying grandmother, calling it a personal rather than campaign expense.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Obama's Grandmother Dies

Obama recently took time off the campaign trail to see her one last time at her residence in Hawaii.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (299)
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White House Makes Peace With Being Unpopular

Spokeswoman says Bush "is realistic about the political environment that we're in" but has not let his flagging approval ratings bother him.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Battleground Weather Forecast

While the candidates are scurrying about making their last-minute appeals to the anxious electorate, could...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama and McCain Pursuing Different Paths on Changed Map

A confident Obama and dogged McCain criss-cross the country on the final full day of campaigning, targeting the battleground states of 2008's shifting political playing field.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
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Obama Votes No on Droopy Pants

Obama tells an MTV interviewer that "brothers should pull up their pants."

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Campaign Reflections

The Post's Michael D. Shear reflects on roughly 21 months of covering the McCain campaign and Republican presidential politics.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 3, 2008; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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McCain's Midnight Miami Rally Draws Out Enthusiasm

A heavily Cuban American crowd of thousands cheered and screamed their support for the GOP presidential nominee in this crucial battleground state.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 1:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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McCain to Campaign in N.M. and Colo. on Election Day

"If we win in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, all of a sudden we have a path to victory," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis told reporters aboard McCain's plane.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 3, 2008; 12:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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What Next for Obama's Text-Messaging Database?

By Jose Antonio Vargas "Rosa sat so Martin could walk Martin walked so Barack could...

By Post Editor  | November 2, 2008; 11:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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McCain Warmly Welcomed at Granite State Town Hall

As his campaign nears its end, John McCain convened a town hall meeting tonight in New Hampshire, the state that has sustained his presidential aspirations during the darkest times.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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In Fla., Biden Bridles at Being Prompted

Joe Biden jokingly rebells against the campaign's message discipline.

By Post Editor  | November 2, 2008; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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About That Wednesday Press Conference...

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By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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McCain in Pennsylvania: I'm a 'Coal Booster'

By Juliet Eilperin SCRANTON, Pa. -- Campaigning in coal-rich Pennsylvania, GOP presidential nominee John McCain...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Obama Shoots for an Ohio Win with a Final Day in the State

Seeking to lock down a big electoral prize, Obama is spending the full day in Ohio, a state that has taunted Democrats for the past two election cycles.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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McCain to Return to New Hampshire Town Full of Memories

McCain journeys to Peterborough, N.H., this evening to hold his final town hall meeting of the campaign.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Cheney and Palin Star in New Obama Ad

By Garance Franke-Ruta Jumping on Vice President Cheney's remarks in support of the Republican...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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McCain's Supporters Looking to Beat the Odds

The men and women who stood for hours in the Strath Haven High School gym today said they view McCain's election as critical, even though they're unsure if he will emerge victorious Tuesday.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The State of the Races

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By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Time Running Out on Palin Medical Records Release

With less than 48 hours until polls open, it remains unclear whether GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will release her medical records.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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McCain Sells Himself on 'SNL'

Trailing in the polls, the Republican senator from Arizona demonstrated a continuing sense of good humor three days before the election, traveling to New York City for yet another live appearance on the variety show.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 2, 2008; 12:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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