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Vindicating the pollsters post-election

Vindicating the pollsters post-election

11/07/12 07:00PM

The New Republic’s Nate Cohn joins The Cycle to talk about the best and the worst of the poll data, how polls were “the 12th man on the field in this election,” and just how close The Cycle host’s election maps were to the actual results. watch

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

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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