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The Brian Lehrer Show

Election Day Call-In: Voting After Sandy, and Voting in the Swing States

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's Election Day! We talk to reporters, look at the important story lines, and more importantly take your calls. With:

  • WNYC's Richard Hake and New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst with the latest news on voting and the Sandy recovery, with NJPR's Nancy Solomon and WNYC's Beth Fertig and Bob Hennelly

  • Your calls for our Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: How is post-Sandy voting going? What does voting today mean to you? Call 646-829-3980 or post below!

Plus, reporters from crucial swing states discuss the latest polls and how their states are shaping up on Election Day:

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The Takeaway

Credit for Northeast Ohio's Economic Boom Not a Given for Obama

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ohio is on the economic mend — the Lordstown GM plant is humming, along with a brand new billion-dollar steel plant and the discovery of shale natural gas — but can Obama claim credit? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich talked with workers and undecided voters on this battleground to find out.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Virginia and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Virginia is one of the prized swing states in this year’s presidential election. Washington Post Local Columnist Robert McCartney discusses the major issues that the state’s voters care about this year, on both the national level and in the tight Senate race there. Plus, we’ll look at the impact of economic shifts in Virginia over the last four years.

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The Takeaway

The Most Important State in the Country

Monday, October 08, 2012

Of this election’s swing states, Ohio might not be the biggest, like Florida, or have high election turnout rates, like Wisconsin, but it still might be the most important. Ohio has been on the winning side of every presidential election since 1964, and with its geographic and religious diversity, is increasingly seen as a microcosm for American voting preference at large.

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It's A Free Country ®

What it's Like to Watch Swing State Ads in Colorado

Friday, October 05, 2012

Its A Free Country's Anna Sale spent the week in Denver during the first presidential debate. So what did she encounter when she wasn't talking to swing voters? A LOT of ads. Here are the highlights.

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In Colorado, Campaigns Talk Economy while Voters Talk Abortion

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Leading up to today’s first presidential debate, Colorado voters are getting barraged with campaign advertising. Most of it focuses on numbers – the size of the debt, unemployment figures, and 47 percent. But voters about talking about something else entirely: Abortion.

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In Northern Virginia, Class and Race Dominate Election Talk

Saturday, September 22, 2012

For skeptical voters in the battleground state of Virginia, Mitt Romney’s recorded remarks at a Florida fundraiser last week were just the latest in a line of revelations that are stoking doubts about the Republican nominee.

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The Takeaway

Have Swing State Voters Made Up Their Minds?

Friday, September 14, 2012

This past week, Anna Sale caught up with some swing voters to find out if their views have changed since the convention.

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It's A Free Country ®

Anna in the Swing States: Uneven Economy Leaves Florida Voters Cynical

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The unemployment rate has rapidly improved in Florida this year, but the overall recovery has been uneven at best. As Florida prepares for the national spotlight of the Republican convention, not even its most strident boosters are suggesting the state has fully recovered from the combined blows of a collapsed construction market, foreclosure crisis and job losses that started here in 2007.

It makes for an electoral paradox. Jobs and the economy is by far the top issue for Florida voters, but after five years of struggle, it is not clear how decisive their experiences will be in the voting booth. As President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney’s campaigns hammer on their messages about the economy, those who are still struggling don’t have much hope that a single election will offer salvation.

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It's A Free Country ®

Anna in the Swing States: Fighting for Ohio's Narrowest Margins

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

To win this state again in 2012, the Obama campaign must hold on to the advantages it gained outside the state’s traditional Democratic strongholds.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Anna Sale Swingstate Roundup

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's A Free Country politics reporter Anna Sale discusses what she learned on her trip to the swing states that will help decide the 2012 election.

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It's A Free Country ®

In Wisconsin's Democratic Stronghold, Activists Weary but Resolved

Thursday, July 26, 2012

If there's one place you'd expect to find an enthusiasm gap for Obama supporters, it'd be in Madison. But after running into weary and cynical voters in Colorado and Iowa, Wisconsin voters sounded remarkably resolved for another contest.

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The Takeaway

Swing State Road Trip: Ohio

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Anna Sale, politics reporter for It's A Free Country, continues her swing state road trip with a stop in Ohio. It's the state you have to win if you want to become President. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Anna Sale: On to Ohio

Monday, July 23, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country politics reporter, continues her tour of the swing states, heading to Ohio from Wisconsin talking to voters about the upcoming election.

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It's A Free Country ®

In Iowa, Undecided Voters Are Disappointed in Obama But Can't Commit to Romney

Monday, July 23, 2012

President Barack Obama won Iowa in 2008 by nine percentage points, but his support here is softening as his approval rating and favor with independent voters has dipped. 

The disappointed Iowa voters I met, though, aren't convinced that Mitt Romney is a viable alternative, particularly because of his wealth and his failure in their eyes to adequately address the struggling middle class.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Lead Grows in Swing States

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pundits and pollsters are calling it a dead heat, but November's election may not be as close as it seems. Whichever way swing states lean could mean the victory for either of the candidates, and current polling data shows President Obama with a significant lead in those battleground regions.

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It's A Free Country ®

Anna in the Swing States: Iowa's Political Migrations

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Winning this state in 2012 will come down to which campaign can woo Iowa’s ticket-splitting rural voters and swing Catholic voters, while establishing a edge in the politically diversifying cities.

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It's A Free Country ®

Anna in the Swing States: No 'Mile High' Enthusiasm in Colorado

Friday, July 13, 2012

The choice Colorado voters are anticipating in November is not so much Obama versus Romney, but whether voting for the guy they kind of like is worth the trouble.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Anna Sale's Swing State Tour

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Anna Sale, politics reporter for It's A Free Country, discusses her tour of the swing states to talk to voters about the upcoming election. Today she checks in from northern Colorado.

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It's A Free Country ®

Listen: Swing States Voter Voices

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In this first swing swing, we'll hear from voters in Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio about what's changed in their lives since 2008 and what matters most to them for the next four years.

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