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President Barack Obama XXX at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

How Twitter drove the conversation

11/07/12 02:10AM

Now that the race for the White House is over, you can return to your normal timeline of checking  your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Social media was ubiquitous throughout this election. During the first presidential debate in Denver a record number of 10.3 million tweets  was sent out. Before the tv pundits had spoken a word, the conventional wisdom had already coalesced. The second and third debates drew fewer tweets, but still hefty numbers:  7.2 million tweets sent out during the second presidential debate and for the third debate,  6.5 million tweets. read more

Ground updates from Boston and Chicago

Ground updates from Boston and Chicago

11/06/12 07:00PM

NBC News’ Peter Alexander from Boston and Kristen Welker from Chicago report on morale from both Obama and Romney teams, and Matt Viser of The Boston Globe and the Chicago Sun Times’ Mary Mitchell discuss the excitement brewing in the cities that the... watch

Steve Kornacki on the state of Virginia

Steve Kornacki on the state of Virginia

11/06/12 07:00PM

Steve Kornacki is in Manassas, Virginia covering the election. He gives his fellow Cycle hosts a historical run-down of past voting in the state and tries to give an idea of what to expect when the polls close at 7 p.m. ET on Election Night. watch


It's not just the White House: Control of Congress also on the line

11/06/12 11:57AM

Though most people have been paying most of their attention to presidential race, Election Day is not only about who will win the White House. When you walk into the voting booth, you’ll also have the opportunity to cast ballots for your local and state officials, as well as for some of your representatives in the House and Senate. As we all gear up to see how the presidential race will be decided, it is important to remember that the demographics of the House and Senate could change for the next two years as well. read more

Photo Finish: 2012 Elections

11/06/12 10:12AM

In these final hours of the 2012 elections, there is little left to say. Decisions have been made, ballots have been cast and there is nothing left to do but wait. In the interim of voting and final tallies this leaves plenty of time for reflection upon the campaigns that were. read more

State of the day: Nevada

State of the Day: Nevada

11/05/12 06:19PM

Today marks the last day for the presidential candidates to gear up the country to vote and they're streaking across the blue skies to hit up as many toss-up states as possible. The president will be in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Iowa before the day's end.  Romney is venturing to Florida, Virginia, Ohio, and finish his day up with a final rally in New Hampshire. read more

White House

On election eve, Tom Brokaw stops by 'The Cycle'

11/05/12 01:53PM

After all the campaigning, political stumping, ads, and debates, we are one day from Election Day. On Tuesday, all the speculation will (hopefully) be put to rest once the votes are counted and we see who will be the next president. The national polls are showing the president up 0.4 percent, which, when you take the margin of error into account, amounts to a virtual tie. Therefore, in order to predict who may win Tuesday evening, you need to look at the battleground map, where the president has a small lead in key swing states. read more

The candidates are their wives

Today on The Cycle: Political Number Crunching

11/05/12 06:51AM

As we all gear to sit on our couches and watch the results trickle in for the House, Senate, and Presidential races it is fun to speculate on how we think the election may turn out. According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal and Real Clear Politics average President Obama is holding a slight national lead over Romney. According to the latest polling from Real Clear Politics the president has leads in key battleground states like Ohio, Virginia, and Nevada. However, Romney is holding strong in Florida and North Carolina. read more

President Obama and Mitt Romney on the trail

Down to the wire: 3 days to go

11/03/12 06:31PM

It’s down to the wire. We are three days away from Election Day and the race is almost a tie. While the president has  a 0.1% lead according to the latest Real Clear Politics poll - it is anyone’s race to win. Both campaigns are participating in the political ad frenzy. Among the campaigns and super PACs, the number of political ads have officially passed the one million mark.  In the final three days sending could reach $6 billion, making it the most expensive campaign in history. read more

Battleground State: Iowa

State of the day: Iowa

11/03/12 01:02PM

The latest Real Clear Politics poll shows a close presidential race, with only a .1% difference between President Obama's 47.4% to Mitt Romney’s 47.3%. And according to the poll site's latest electoral map, Obama is predicted to win 290 delegates to 248, but pundits say it's still anyone’s game. So in order to help us decipher who may win this election, the Cyclists over the past week have been examining the battleground states that could shape this election. On Saturday, the state of the day is Iowa, the state where the race began - and could very well end. read more

The new jobs report

Will Friday's jobs report affect the election?

11/02/12 05:31PM

It's the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means - a jobs report! The October numbers show little change. Unemployment is currently at 7.9%, with 171,000 new jobs added during the month. Clearly, this isn't a game changer. Will it affect the presidential race at all? You've heard it a million times: this race is going to come down to the wire. According to the latest Real Clear Politics numbers, Obama holds a slight lead nationally at 47.5%, compared to Romney's 47.2%. When people start walking into the voting booths, how much will they be thinking about today's jobs numbers? read more