Election 2012

Stories on Election 2012 candidates and races, including the Massachusetts Senate race.

It Was The Best Advice I Ever Got, And It Could Save Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

February 17, 2016
Reciting her qualifications won't get her elected president. Hillary Clinton needs to convince us we'll be better off when she is in the White House. In this photo, the Democratic presidential candidate speaks during a campaign stop, Feb. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Reciting her qualifications won’t get her elected president. Hillary Clinton needs to convince us we’ll be better off when she is in the White House.

'Cadillac Plans' Get Obamacare Cut Back

April 14, 2015
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, accompanied by members of the House Democratic Caucus, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, during an event to commemorate the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing into law the Affordable Care Act. (AP)

Big employers, cutting back on full-coverage health care as Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ begins to bite.

The GOP Stumbles On Minority Outreach (Again)

March 10, 2015
In this photo, crowds of people walk toward Selma after taking a symbolic walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Selma, Ala. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

With 2016 campaign jockeying well underway, the Republican missteps of the past week may loom large.

Gomez, Still Mulling Another Campaign, Addresses National Republicans

August 15, 2013

If Gabriel Gomez runs again, he’s going to need more financial support from national Republicans. Wednesday night he addressed that base at the RNC summer meeting in Boston.

Gomez, Markey Debate 'Painful To Watch'

June 06, 2013
Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez, left, and Democrat Edward Markey clashed in their first U.S. Senate debate on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Brighton. (Yoon S. Byun/ AP Pool)

The first U.S. Senate debate between Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey was largely lacking in zingers and, well, in unscripted passion.

It's Time To Kill The Filibuster. Let's Filibuster It.

June 06, 2013
The last time the filibuster was used responsibly: Actor Jimmy Stewart in a scene from the 1939 film, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." (Columbia/AP)

It’s time to force a national conversation on why, in the “world’s greatest deliberative body,” a simple majority isn’t enough to get anything done?

Michele Bachmann And The Rise Of The ‘Brandidate’

May 31, 2013
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced this week that her fourth term in Congress will be her last. In this photo, Bachmann attends a book signing at Books-A-Million Friday, Dec. 2, 2011,  in Rock Hill, S.C. (Richard Shiro/AP)

They say when one door closes, another opens. And so it goes for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Her political career may be winding down, but she’s just getting started.

Romney Aide Calls For Change In GOP Strategy

May 22, 2013

Citing missteps, an aide to the Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign is calling for a sea change in how the Republican Party conducts politics in the next presidential election.

Tone, Tolerance And The Future Of The Republican Party

January 29, 2013
Reince Priebus (AP)

In order to win back America’s hearts and minds, Republicans need to be open to change.

Poetry In Motion: The Classic Form Isn’t Dead, It’s Evolving

January 24, 2013
Like our nation’s changing demographics, Anita Diamant says poetry isn’t what it used to be. Indeed, this year's inaugural poet, Richard Blanco -- who happens to be openly gay and a first generation Cuban-American -- made reference to "many prayers, but one light." (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

A look at the history of inaugural poems and the surprising vitality of contemporary American poetry.

Confronting Our Legacy Of Racial Violence (With A Little Help From The President)

January 21, 2013
An apt commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Margaret Burnham says President Obama is signalling his willingness to address our violent racial past. In this photo, Obama speaks during the dedication of the MLK Memorial in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

An apt commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: President Obama is signalling his willingness to address our violent racial past.

Republicans And Democrats: Two Definitions Of The Word ‘Dumb’

January 14, 2013
Marc Landy: We’re caught in the gulf between Republican stupidity and Democratic silence. The president’s inaugural address is an opportunity to turn the tide. (Poster Boy NYC/flickr)

We’re caught in the gulf between Republican stupidity and Democratic silence. The president’s inaugural address is an opportunity to turn the tide.

Not One Hispanic Leader, But Thousands: The Dreamers

January 02, 2013
Diana Saravia, 10, of Beltsville, Md., left, demonstrates -- along with members of immigration rights organizations -- in front of the White House as they call on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Latinos played a crucial role in the 2012 presidential election. But, says Ilan Stavans, the biggest test is yet to come.

Best Of Cog: Religion, Politics And America

December 21, 2012
Does the Christian right still have influence over the electorate? Or are we seeing a permanent decline of its influence? In this Sept. 9, 2010 photo, a billboard erected by atheists in Oklahoma City reads "Don't believe in God? Join the club." (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Does the Christian right still have influence over the electorate? Or are we seeing a permanent decline of its influence?

Best of Cog: Steve Almond Is Mitt Romney… And So Are You

December 21, 2012
Mitt Romney pauses as he addresses campaign workers while visiting a PA campaign call center11/6/2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Mitt Romney was skewered for his 47 percent comments. But Steve Almond argues that everyone does it: we tell one story in public — and another in private.

Advice To The Next President: Leveraging The Power Of The Oval Office

December 19, 2012
The Oval Office of the White House in Washington pictured Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

We conclude our series by looking into the key issues, opportunities, and challenges that President Barack Obama faces entering his second term.

Advice To The Next President: Immigration Reform

December 12, 2012
Undocumented people fill out application forms for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 at Navy Pier in Chicago. (Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP)

The results of the 2012 election seem to have spurred bipartisan consensus on at least one issue: the need for comprehensive immigration reform. In the next installment of our series, our panel weighs in.

A Modest Proposal: Penalties For Pundits Who Swing And Miss

November 28, 2012
One of the problems with punditry, says Ed Fouhy, is that no one is held accountable when they screw up. Would predication batting averages help? (Eric Risberg/AP)

One of the problems with punditry is that no one is held accountable when they screw up. Would prediction batting averages help?

Advice To The Next President: Gun Violence In Cities

November 21, 2012
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton speaks at a news conference next to several weapons, part of a haul that included more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana found in an apartment building in Los Angeles, Friday, April 7, 2006. (Nick Ut/AP)

Gun violence is an all too common fact of life in many urban neighborhoods across America. The next installment of our series looks at what President Obama can do to help reverse this long standing trend.

Why The Democrats Need Rush Limbaugh

November 19, 2012
Jim Borghesani: In order to keep the differences between the parties stark and vivid, the right-wing megaphones need to keep firing loud and hot. In this photo: Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. (Ron Edmonds/AP)

In order to keep the differences between the parties stark and vivid, the right-wing megaphones must keep firing loud and hot.

Mass. Democratic Party Chair: We’re Ready For Next Race

November 16, 2012
Massachusetts Democractic Party Chairman John Walsh in his office at the state party headquarters on Summer Street in Boston. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

John Walsh says if the president appoints Sen. John Kerry to his Cabinet, Mass. Democrats are ready to “start knocking on doors next weekend.”

Unions, Other Groups Spend Big In Mass. Elections

November 15, 2012

The Massachusetts Teachers Association spent the most on independent expenditures this year at nearly $310,000.

Four Women, Four Votes: A Snapshot Of Election Day

November 14, 2012
From “any excuse to get out” to voting against “euthanasia” -- even among a like-minded bloc of elderly women, what drives people to the polls is almost always different and almost certainly surprising. (Charles Krupa/AP)

From “any excuse to get out” to voting against “euthanasia” — Margot Livesey discovers that even among a like-minded bloc of elderly women, what drives people to the polls is almost always different and almost certainly surprising.

Election 2016: Is Rick Santorum Next?

November 13, 2012
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

He’d like to be — but that doesn’t mean the Republican Party will give him the nod. Here’s an early look at his chances as well as some of the other likely contenders.

One Lie Too Many: The Downfall Of The Romney Campaign

November 12, 2012
Elieen Muirragui of Prince William County, Va., looks at the newspaper front pages posted outside the Newseum in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The majority of newspapers featured photos of President Barack Obama who successfully defeated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the presidential election. (Susan Walsh/AP)

It wasn’t the first post-factual presidential campaign, after all. The outcome of election 2012 confirmed that voters still know a lie when they hear one.

What’s Next For Romney?

November 09, 2012

Scott Helman, a Boston Globe reporter and author of “The Real Romney,” joined WBUR to discuss what the future may hold for Mitt Romney.

Is There A New Spirit Of Compromise On Capitol Hill?

November 08, 2012

We speak with Rep. Michael Capuano about the future of the newly redistricted Massachusetts Congressional Delegation.

Election 2012: Full Legislature Results

November 07, 2012

A full list of results for contested races for the Massachusetts House and Senate.

Random Thoughts On The Morning After

November 07, 2012
Voter Line

Massachusetts’ standing as a graveyard for presidential candidates remains intact, says WBUR’s analyst.

Commentary: A Sad Night For Mitt Romney

November 07, 2012
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Whether you liked him or not, agreed with him or not, it was a sad moment to watch Mitt Romney walk off the national political stage last night, probably for the last time.

Map: Mass. Town-By-Town Election Results

November 07, 2012

How’d your town vote? See here on our interactive map.

Democratic Rep. Lynch Beats GOP’s Selvaggi

November 06, 2012

Stephen Lynch has won re-election in the newly redrawn 8th Congressional District.

Longtime Dem Rep. Ed Markey Re-Elected In Mass.

November 06, 2012

Markey easily won re-election in a new district that includes Boston’s northern and western suburbs.

Dem Rep. Keating Re-Elected In New Mass. District

November 06, 2012

William Keating beat Republican Christopher Sheldon to win a second term and represent the new 9th Congressional District.

3 Democratic Mass. Congressmen Easily Win Re-Election

November 06, 2012

Richard Neal and James McGovern had no opponents in Tuesday’s election. Michael Capuano had no Republican opponent and easily defeated independent Karla Romero.

Maps: Complete 2012 Election Results

November 06, 2012
Election Map

Complete election day results for the 2012 presidential race and the state of Massachusetts.

Throwing The TV Out The Window: Obama Campaign's Secret Weapon

November 05, 2012
A"Vote Early" sign in displayed at an Obama campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 29 in Ohio. (Matt Rourke/AP)

This presidential election will test a modern twist on an old-school approach to campaigning: ground game.

Election Eve

November 05, 2012
In this Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama, right, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP)

We talk with top pollsters and party strategists about the fate they see in the election day map.

Analysis: ‘Ticket-Splitters’ Critical For Brown Victory

November 05, 2012

WBUR’s political analysts take a final look at the race before Election Day.

Presidential Candidates Make Final N.H. Appearances

November 05, 2012

President Obama was in Concord on Saturday and Mitt Romney was in Newington on Sunday, with a stop in Manchester planned for Monday.

What To Watch On Election Night, Hour By Hour

November 03, 2012

Stock up on munchies and make sure the batteries in your TV remote are fresh. With this year’s presidential election razor-close to the finish, Tuesday could be a long night. Even if the presidency isn’t decided until after midnight Eastern Standard Time, there will be plenty of clues early in the evening on how things […]

Can Romney Lie His Way To The Presidency?

November 02, 2012
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at Wisconsin Products Pavilion at State Fair Park, Friday, in West Allis, Wis. (David Goldman/AP)

WBUR’s analyst takes issue with 17 Mitt Romney claims.

Romney Touts Mass. Record In 2nd Debate

October 17, 2012
President Barack Obama listens as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the second presidential debate on Tuesday. (AP)

We fact check Gov. Romney’s claims about his tenure in the corner office on Beacon Hill.

First Presidential Debate

October 04, 2012
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama speak during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (AP)

Round one of the presidential debates. We’ll tally the score cards with Gail Collins and Jon Meacham.

Battle Of The Ballot Box

October 01, 2012
In this June 19, 2012 file photo, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann holds a postcard to help identify voters in need of a free state government issued card that will be issued through his office at no charge, in Jackson, Miss. More than two dozen states have some form of ID requirement, and 11 of those passed new rules over the past two years largely at the urging of Republicans who say they want to prevent fraud. (AP)

Voter ID. We’ll look at the great battle of 2012 over who will have access to the ballot box.

Presidential Campaigns Hit New Hampshire In Full Force

September 07, 2012
President Barack Obama meets with members of the military on the tarmac at Portsmouth International Airport Friday. (AP)

In the wake of the conventions, both candidates are making campaign stops in the swing state Friday. We talk to the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center about what the candidates need to do to win over voters.

Week In The News: Clinton, Obama, More Trouble In Syria

September 07, 2012
Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., delivers his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008. (AP)

Democrats make their case for Obama. Bill Clinton chips in big. The president takes the stage. Iranian weapons back Syria’s Assad. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Obama’s Big Speech

September 06, 2012
Delegates wave the signs during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP)

As the President steps up to make his case for a second term, we’re in the hall asking: What does the country need to hear?

The World And Obama

September 06, 2012
President Barack Obama speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. (AP)

Bin Laden, Iran, Russia, drones—China. We look at Obama’s global imprint.

What Democrats Want

September 05, 2012
Members of Progressive Change Campaign Committee upset over potential cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security walks to President Obama's campaign headquarters to deliver 200,000 signatures from people who are refusing to donate or volunteer for his re-election campaign if Obama cuts entitlement programs, Friday, July. 15, 2011 in Chicago. (AP)

Progressives and Democratic centrists on what they want from Obama now,

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