Hobbled by a struggling economy and acrimonious partisanship, America marked a turning point with the elections — although some may disagree over its direction. Election news had occupied headlines ... more 
Hobbled by a struggling economy and acrimonious partisanship, America marked a turning point with the elections — although some may disagree over its direction. Election news had occupied headlines in 2011, as Republicans sought the nomination for presidency. The Supreme Court's 2010 ruling of Citizens United also set a contentious political stage, unleashing the super Pacs.
In a time of sabermetrics and Freakonomics, pollsters themselves became the story, from Gallup (criticized for declaring a 7-point Mitt Romney lead 16 days before Election Day) to Nate Silver's statistical sweep. Yahoo! Signal too played the predictions game, projecting Feb. 16 that President Obama would win 303 electoral votes to the Republican nominee's 235. (Final tally: 332 for Obama, 206 for challenger Mitt Romney.)
On Nov. 6, voters made their own records: The "youth" vote (ages 18-29) turned out in the same numbers as in 2008, in higher proportion than seniors, and helped decide the election in swing states. The gender gap was the greatest in history. More Latinos than ever before registered. Across the nation, early voting surged. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) less 
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