Local News
2:05 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Top State Senate Leader Defeated

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top Democrat Senate leader lost his re-election bid Tuesday after being targeted by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in one of the most costly legislative races in this year's general election.

Roswell farmer Cliff Pirtle defeated Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, according to unofficial returns.

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Local News
1:59 am
Wed November 7, 2012

PRC Qualifications Amendment Okayed by Voters

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters have approved one of the proposed constitutional amendments aimed at revamping the Public Regulation Commission, one of the state's most powerful, highest paid and most scandal-plagued bodies.

The amendment allows the state Legislature to establish minimum qualifications for PRC candidates.

Currently, a candidate needs only to be 18, a New Mexico resident for at least one year and have no felony convictions.

Two other proposed amendments that target PRC duties have yet to be decided.

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Local News
1:55 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Exit Polls Showed Strong Support For Obama From Hispanics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Highlights of results of exit polls conducted in New Mexico for The Associated Press:

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WHY OBAMA WON: President Barack Obama scored well among first-time voters and younger voters, and he nearly split votes with Republican challenger Mitt Romney among voters over 30.

The newly re-elected president had a commanding lead among Hispanic men and women, but white voters favored Romney.

Both candidates maintained votes within their political bases.

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It's All Politics
1:48 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Scenes Of Celebration At The White House

The scene outside the White House Wednesday after President Obama's re-election.
Mladen Antonov AFP/ Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:15 am

Supporters of President Obama partied outside the White House on Wednesday morning, chanting "Four More Years!" and "U-S-A!" — and singing off-tune renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner.

"I knew I'd be coming here. I just didn't know whether I'd be coming to protest or to celebrate," said AnaLysa Sawyers, 38, a teacher from Maryland.

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Election 2012
12:21 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech

President Obama speaks at his election night party Wednesday in Chicago after defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:35 pm

Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

(Cheers, applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

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It's All Politics
12:12 am
Wed November 7, 2012

On The Issues: How Obama Prevailed

A celebration with cardboard cutout of President Obama in front of the White House early Wednesday morning.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:17 am

President Obama won re-election despite an economy struggling to recover from recession and deep reservations about his signature first-term achievement, the nation's new health care law.

NPR's Liz Halloran explained how Obama's campaign organization helped him overcome these and other challenges. Here, NPR reporters have more about his challenges and successes in the areas of the economy, national security, energy and health care:

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It's All Politics
12:11 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Business, Labor Groups Laud Obama Victory

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:17 am

Exit polls showed the economy was Issue No. 1 with voters in this presidential election. And it didn't take long for labor organizers and business leaders to start offering their thoughts on the re-election of President Obama.

Because of White House policies, the U.S. economy is "beginning to pick up steam," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. He cheered Obama's win and put congressional Republicans on notice that Democrats will focus on "ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich and opposing any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits."

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Election 2012
11:25 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney concedes the presidential election at a campaign event in Boston.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:50 am

Transcript of Mitt Romney's concession speech in the presidential race in Boston. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

(Cheers, applause.)

MITT ROMNEY: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you.

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It's All Politics
11:10 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

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

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is joined by his wife and daughter in celebrating his Senate victory over Republican George Allen.
Mike Theiler UPI /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:17 am

The battle to control 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, as Republicans backed by secretly financed ads failed to beat seemingly vulnerable Democrats.

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Local News
10:55 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Heinrich Wins Open U.S. Senate Seat

Rep. Martin Heinrich file photo

Former U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich delivered his acceptance speech for the Senate seat that Jeff Bingaman, also a Democrat who has served a total of five terms, is vacating.

At the Republican Party of New Mexico's election headquarters at a hotel a few blocks away, former congresswoman Heather Wilson delivered her concession speech, wishing Heinrich a successful term in office and asking him to hold up the promises he's made to NM voters.

KUNM host Elaine Baumgartel, who has been delivering live coverage of local races since 6 p.m., called Wilson's speech "classy."

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