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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

App Snapshots: Storm Diversions

The Election 2012 App

Returning to normal life, for many, has been a struggle after the storm, and there might not be as much time as usual for politics. So ease back in slowly with some lighter news you might have missed, plus some unusual insights into the race in the key states of Florida and Ohio. We collect the best of it all, essential and diversionary on the Election 2012 app.


  • In Florida, ‘Cuban Conundrum' Vexes Pollsters - and Obama
    President Obama comfortably leads Mitt Romney among Hispanics nationwide, but only narrowly in Florida - thanks to conservative Cuban-American voters. (The Miami Herald)
  • In Ohio, Teachers Run for Statehouse - and Could Give Obama a Boost
    A surge of candidacies by Democratic teachers is a byproduct of last year's voter referendum repealing a stat e law that would have curbed public employees' bargaining rights. Another byproduct is reusing teacher phone banks from that effort to support Mr. Obama. (NPR)

During a stop at a diner in Florida, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. made a joke - we think - about his White House intentions.

  • Biden Already Thinking About 2016
    “Look, I'm not trying to talk you into voting for me, I just wanted to say hi to you. And after it's all over, when your insurance rates go down, then you'll vote for me in 2016. I'll talk to you later,” Mr. Biden said to a Florida Republican. (The Hill)

A video of a girl's tearful frustration with the election is quickly becoming an Internet sensation. Also, a look at a campaign aide out to make viral videos of opponents' gaffes.

  • Video: ‘Tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney'
    A 4-year-old in Colorado bursts into tears after hearing one too many election stories on NPR. (YouTube)
  • Dear Little Girl: Sorry We Made You Cry About ‘Bronco Bamma' and Mitt Romney
    NPR apologizes. (NPR)
  • A Day in the Life of a Campaign Tracker
    “You truly never know when a seemingly innocuous statement will eventually emerge as a major issue,” writes a tracker, who follows the opposition to record their every word. (Marketplace)