Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:11 pm
**Refresh this page often for the latest updates.**
A quick head's up on what this is. The Battleground is an aggregation of NPR member stations' content produced during election night. It's curated by the staff at NPR Digital Services, including Eric Athas, Teresa Gorman, Will Snyder, Kim Perry and Erin Teare Martin. The list of participating stations and states is posted at the bottom.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott has been an invisible man on the campaign trail since the middle of August. But, on Monday, he reappeared at an Orlando airport rally for Mitt Romney.
His assignment? The man with the 39 percent approval rating was put in charge of "warming up" the crowd. The governor was on stage for two and half minutes and shared not a second of that time with Romney, who was making his final campaign appearance in Florida.
Florida may be center stage for this year's election, but its also a largely complicated and interesting place to outsiders during non-election years.
For years, The New Yorker has been filing colorful, surprising and harrowing stories from Florida, which they have compiled to give readers a different look at this largely misunderstood state. Here are some of the magazine's observations about Florida through the years as told through their reporting:
We are in the homestretch of what will be another historic election that has the eyes of the nation on Florida.
Recently, PolitiFact Florida's Aaron Sharockman talked to WLRN's Phil Latzman about some of PolitiFact's final fact checks on races for Senate and President here in the biggest battleground state of all.
First, Sharockman says that the otherwise ho-hum U.S. Senate race between Sen. Bill Nelson and Connie Mack has produced some less than accurate ads.
"There are a lot of claims in this race... but a lot of them are misleading," he says.
Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:36 pm
Campaign reporters spend a lot of time pointing at color-coded electoral maps like the one below, showing which states voted for Republican John McCain (in red) and Democrat Barack Obama (in blue) in 2008.
But these maps lie — visually speaking.
Red appears to be the clear winner, dominating a vast swath from the South to the Rockies. It's all geographically accurate, but electorally skewed. For example, Montana (three electoral votes) dwarfs Massachusetts (which had 12 electoral votes in 2008).
Election monitors from the U. S. Justice Department are on their way to Miami-Dade County to investigate reports of predatory voting "assistance" being offered by pro-Romney operatives to elderly voters in a north county precinct.
The Miami Herald reported this morning the complaints came from U. S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, whose district includes the polling station at North Miami Public Library:
Former democratic state lawmaker Dan Gelber, League of Women Voters of Florida President Deirdre Macnab each sent letters calling for more early voting. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson also emphasized the need more early voting hours if long lines continue.
Marvin Francis crouched over and dug into a yellow and forest green La Salle High School miniature duffel bag. "'NObama'; 'You Lie,'" he read from a pile of oversized red, white and blue buttons. A small crowd peaked over his shoulders, holding five and ten dollar bills at their sides.
"I think that's all the selection I have left. And 'Obama Sucks,'" he added. "That's the only other one that I have that I didn't want to put out 'cause there's too many young kids."