Election Day

Election Day Roadmap: Watching the Results En Route to 270

Here's your hour-by-hour election night guide: when the polls close in the key states, and how the results will unfold. Word to the wise: Beware of early exit polls. They got it wrong in both 2000 and 2004, so be patient and wait for the actual votes to be counted.

Election 2012, As Seen From a Poll Worker's Seat

Usually, reporter Bruce Watson covers events like today's election from a journalistic distance. This time, he'll be a bit more hands-on, as a first-time poll worker. To do so, he'll be balancing two agendas: Making sure that everybody who wants to vote is able to, and making sure that every vote is legitimate.

President Romney? Gamblers Say Don't Bet on It

We've heard from poll after poll in recent months predicting who would win the presidential race: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. But poll respondents don't have anything to lose when they give their opinions. Gamblers betting on the outcome do, and they give overwhelming odds to one candidate.

Election Home Stretch: 5 Things to Watch for Before Nov. 6

With less than a week to go before Election Day, there are usually a few clear indicators that one candidate has momentum, some idea of how the remaining undecided voters are going to break. It was obvious in 2008. Between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012, that's just not the case.

Unemployment Rates Fall in 7 Swing States

Unemployment rates fell or held steady last month in nine key swing states at the center of this year's presidential election. Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They were unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia.

When Will the Election Day Vote-Counting Stop?

While polls may close late tonight across the country, we probably won't know the names of all the winners for days, weeks or potentially months as challenges and demands for recounts delay final tallies.

There Are No Quick Fixes
for the U.S. Economy

With elections near and joblessness still so high, Congress and even the Fed are chasing short-term solutions that won't really help matters. More finely targets policies would be effective, but don't expect any until, with luck, after Nov. 2.