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At the least, Obama won one Election Day contest

Making do: A poll worker assists voters Tuesday with the help of a flashlight in a makeshift tent set up as a polling place at the Scholars’ Academy in the Rockaway neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York City. The Rockaway section of Queens was one of the hardest-hit areas by Hurricane Sandy. Many voters in New York and New Jersey voted at alternate locations in the presidential election due to disruption from last week’s storm.

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Making do: A poll worker assists voters Tuesday with the help of a flashlight in a makeshift tent set up as a polling place at the Scholars’ Academy in the Rockaway neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York City. The Rockaway section of Queens was one of the hardest-hit areas by Hurricane Sandy. Many voters in New York and New Jersey voted at alternate locations in the presidential election due to disruption from last week’s storm.

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama took a moment from the relentless pounding his campaign has been dishing out to congratulate his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, on Tuesday, as the two men began their final countdown to finding out which one of them will be sitting in the Oval Office next year. During a stop at a local campaign office to thank volunteers, Obama gave Romney "congratulations on a spirited campaign." Obama spent the morning making calls to volunteers to thank them. Obama took part in an Election Day basketball game, which he and friends have played on the day of each one of his elections. Alexi Giannoulias told a pool reporter that after four 12-minute quarters, Obama's team won by "like 20," with a score of "like 102, 105, 108 or so to 80-something." Obama was player-coach of his team, which also included Giannoulias and former NBA player Scottie Pippen.

Victory, no concession in Romney's writings

BOSTON — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote a 1,118-word victory speech Tuesday as he concluded his yearslong quest for the presidency claiming he had no regrets. "I feel like we put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room. We fought to the very end, and I think that's why we'll be successful," Romney told reporters aboard his plane as he flew from Pittsburgh to Boston, where preparations were under way for a big election night event. The GOP nominee spent Election Day doing a last-minute round of campaigning in one state he's showered with attention and another he's largely ignored. After voting near his Boston-area home, Romney was betting that an eleventh-hour appeal to working-class voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania. On his campaign plane in between flights, he worked on his speech. He said he hasn't written a concession speech, though he acknowledged the results might not come out in his favor. "Nothing is certain in politics," he said.

Another early start for Dixville Notch, N.H.

Residents of Dixville Notch, the New Hampshire village that traditionally opens its polls just after the stroke of midnight, split their vote, with Obama and Romney each receiving five votes. It was reportedly the first tie in Dixville Notch history.

We have to stop meeting like this

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney landed here Tuesday morning and waited in his campaign plane for his running mate, Paul Ryan, to touch down from Wisconsin, for a joint Election Day stop. But 22 minutes after Romney arrived, another plane unexpectedly landed across the tarmac. It was Air Force Two. For the third time in as many days, Romney and Vice President Biden's planes have crossed each other on the same tarmac. On Sunday, it was a chance meeting on the same Cleveland runway. On Monday, it was at Dulles Airport just outside Washington. And on Tuesday, it was back in Cleveland, where Biden was making an unannounced Election Day stop — the same day and at the same time that Romney and Ryan were to hold an event of their own here.

Wisconsin board pans free pints for voting

MILWAUKEE — When the biggest problem is a bar handing out free beers, you know Election Day is going well. Officials in Wisconsin, said Tuesday afternoon that voting had so far gone relatively smoothly, with few disputes or broken machines. In fact, the state's Government Accountability Board took time to chastise Badger State businesses that have offered free or discounted refreshments – including a cold pint of brew – to anyone sporting an official "I Voted!" sticker.

Information from the New York Times, Associated Press and Washington Post was used in this report.

Brought back to life, man's concerns were for his wife and voting

Sometimes dead men really do get to vote. Ty Houston, 48, a home care registered nurse, was toiling on his absentee ballot Monday afternoon when things got strange at Southfield Township offices northwest of Detroit. "I was filling out the form as were an elderly couple sitting at a nearby table," said Houston on Tuesday.

"His wife, who was helping him fill out the ballot, asked him a couple of questions, but he didn't respond. She screamed for help and I went over to see what I could do."

Houston laid the victim on the floor and went to work.

"He was dead," Houston said. "He had no heartbeat and he wasn't breathing. I started CPR, and after a few minutes, he revived and started breathing again. He knew his name and his wife's name."

What happened next astounded Houston and the victim's wife.

"The first question he asked was, 'Did I vote?' "

Dumbfounded, the man's wife told him that whether he voted was the least of their concerns.

"She told him 'Your life is my concern,' " Houston said.

According to Houston, the man — who had a tracheotomy in his throat — told her there are only two things that are important to me: "That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote."

Which he had done.

Detroit News

At the least, Obama won one Election Day contest 11/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:16pm]
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