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Democrats have lost a tight Ohio House race in Cuyahoga County, narrowing the minority party's chances of controlling 40 seats in the next legislative session.

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Ohio has been elected to lead the Congressional Black Caucus.

County boards of elections will be starting the process of counting provisional ballots this weekend.

A justice bounced from the bench by voters last week won’t try to stay on the court, even though a vacancy is opening up.

Update at 10:25 a.m. ET. Pelosi Confirms:

Saying that she wants to work on "empowering women .... growing the economy ... [and] a healthy political climate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California just confirmed that she intends to remain as leader of the Democratic caucus in the House.

Pelosi, who was first elected to Congress in 1987, is the only woman to have served as speaker of the House (from 2007 to 2011).

If voters were surprised to watch TV networks call the election for President Obama over Republican Mitt Romney minutes after polls closed in California last week, perhaps it was because of earlier statements like these:

--"Romney has pretty much nailed down Florida."

--"I think in places like North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, we've already painted those red, we're not polling any of those states again."

In 1992, Ohio voters put term limits into the state constitution for state legislators.

Changing Judicial Election System?

Nov 9, 2012

Ohioans elect judges on all levels. But there may be a renewed push to change that system.

Husted Says Stop Exaggerating Voting Problems

Nov 9, 2012

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is telling Democrats and Republicans to stop exaggerating problems with the election process and rules.

Dems Look To Oust Kasich

Nov 8, 2012

At their election night party, Ohio Democrats began thinking about the next campaign.

Dems Say Issue 2 Will Be Back

Nov 8, 2012

Backers of a defeated ballot proposal to revise Ohio's redistricting process say the state's political map, not the voters, determined Tuesday's congressional and legislative races.

Ohio voters Tuesday approved more than half of the proposed school funding measures.

Democrats may have won the presidential race and a US Senate contest in Ohio... but voters here also decided to keep Republicans in firm control of the Ohio House and senate.  What is the GOP majority likely to do with that continued hold on power?  And can the minority Democrats do much to influence them?  Those are the questions that statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has been asking.

Ohio officials say the voter turnout for Tuesday's election was just more than 68 percent.

School officials in Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati and Youngstown saw their levies pass on Election Day. But school issues were more of a mixed bag in Franklin County.

Democrats will continue to control the U.S. senate next year, and one big reason is – the re-election victory of incumbent Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown.

The euphoria of Barack Obama's supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas.

To retain the White House, Obama managed to overcome the handicap of an economy just finding its footing after a devastating recession, and an unemployment rate higher than it's been under any president seeking re-election since Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term last night. Ohioans elected Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by a two-point margin.

World Reacts To Obama's Reelection

Nov 7, 2012

Once the news of President Obama's reelection spread, the congratulations started raining in.

NPR's Philip Reeves reports that one of the first messages came from British Prime Minister David Cameron.

"Above all congratulations to Barack Obama," Cameron said during a trip to Jordan. "I enjoy working with him, I think he is a very successful American president and I look forward to working with him in the future."

Correspondent Terri Schultz reports from Brussels that some leaders congratulated Obama through Twitter.

It's refrain that will take you back to 2000: For NPR, Florida is still too close to call.

The big difference is that President Obama has enough of an electoral cushion that it would not affect the outcome of the elections.

Still, for record, here are the latest numbers from Florida, Ohio and Virginia, three states that gave pollsters headaches yesterday.

We'll start with Florida:

This is a repost from NPR.org

OBAMA WINS: After a hard-fought battle with Republican Mitt Romney, President Obama has been re-elected, NPR now projects. With 10 Electoral College votes from Wisconsin now in his win column, the president has 275 -- five more than needed to be president. 

Some 200 million dollars will have been spent in Ohio to try to sway voters in the presidential, Senate and congressional races. Tuesday, those voters took over. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, many didn’t feel particularly illuminated by the deluge of information.

A judge has rejected claims in an 11th hour lawsuit that alleges new software used in voting equipment in some Ohio counties could be used to alter ballots after they're cast. 

Conservative group barred from monitoring polls

Nov 6, 2012

Elections officials in Franklin County say they barred a conservative group from monitoring polling places because applications to do so weren't filed properly.

Experts differ on when the election may be over for Ohio

Nov 6, 2012

OhioWith the polls closing soon and results hours away, campaign experts are among those trying to predict what will happen and when.

Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.

"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president.

Republicans have easily maintained their hold on the House, while missteps from Tea Party favorites helped Democrats retain a majority in the Senate.

That means the two chambers of Congress remain deeply divided, with prospects for agreement on such big-ticket items as deficits, tax rates and climate change unclear.

http://nprbackchannel.tumblr.com/post/35068405007/todaysdocument-the-federal-register-just / Federal Register

Follow The Back Channel and see what people are really talking about as we vote and count the votes during the 2012 general election. By the people, for the people. The Federal Register just released a fun new interactive on their web site! You can use the slide rule to look at maps of how the Electoral College voted from 1964 to 2008. 

Long Lines At Some Polls This Morning

Nov 6, 2012

State elections officials say so far, there are no problems with voting today.

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