The Tea Party, the unexpected star of the 2010 mid-term elections, suffered a bit of the sophomore blues in 2012. Some of its iconic figures were repudiated at the polls and others clung to their political lives.
And the outcome Tuesday night perplexed leaders of the feisty movement, who were eager to oust President Barack Obama and turn the Senate to Republican control.
Mercifully, you likely have watched your last political ad of the season. There'll be no more robo calls to your phone or flyers in your mailbox. All that's left to do is to cast your vote on Tuesday, then relish an immediate future free of smothering politics.
After a marathon campaign season that has left America with a nail-biter of an election, here are five things to watch Tuesday as Election 2012 draws to a close:
A week ago, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney were debating the merits of federally-supported wind energy. But they'll likely spend the campaign's final days assessing how the damaging winds of an epic storm named Sandy might affect their Election Day fortunes.
Like hurricanes often do, Sandy forced politics into the background temporarily, and all but rewrote the traditional script for the final week before an election. Now everything from how the president stewarded the emergency response to the impact of electric outages on early voting will take center stage.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The combined effects of voter roll purges, demands for proof of citizenship and photo identification requirements in several states may hinder at least 10 million Hispanic citizens who seek to vote this fall, civil rights advocates warn in a new report.
Hispanic voters are considered pivotal to the presidential election this November, and are being heavily courted by both Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. If they turn out in large numbers, Hispanics could sway the outcome in several swing states.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Federal officials are expanding access to an immigration database so that several states can use it to cleanse voter rolls.
The Homeland Security Department first notified Florida officials last week that they could check to see if registered voters are actually noncitizens who should not be eligible to cast a ballot. State officials said Monday that Homeland Security representatives are now offering similar access to other states who had been requesting the information.