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In Colorado and Washington states, it’s not just medical marijuana any more. Recreational pot was legalized by the voters on Tuesday. In Washington State, Maine and Maryland on Tuesday, voters approved same-sex marriage — the first time that’s ever happened in any US election. In Minnesota, a constitutional ban was turned down, after 30 previous efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. Will the Obama Justice Department back away from enforcing federal laws against marijuana now that more and more voters have spoken? Will the US Supreme Court look at the election returns if it decides to rule on DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act?

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One final picture from our studio as KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis reports. We’ll have full analysis on “To the Point” tomorrow. 

Mitt Romney conceding, thanks Paul Ryan, Ann, “the love of my life” and his sons.

Three TVs in our newsroom set to three different networks as they call the election for Obama. 

Definitely time for a vacay.

Definitely time for a vacay.

The voting machine that would only allow an Obama voter to pick Romney. That and other Election Day irregularities.

msnbc:

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed.
http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/11/06/machine-turns-vote-for-obama-into-one-for-romney/
(Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

NBC News confirmed that the machine has been taken off line. 

msnbc:

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/11/06/machine-turns-vote-for-obama-into-one-for-romney/

(Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

NBC News confirmed that the machine has been taken off line. 

(via reuterspolitics)

Warren Olney: “How many [electoral] votes do you think that Mr. Obama will take this time?”

Sam Wang: “Florida is sort of up in the air. If I had to pick a number I’d say 303 is how many he’s gonna get tomorrow.”

WO: “303. With Florida being a possible…”

SW: “29. So that’d be 332. So that’s just, if you pushed me, made me come up with a number, that’s what I’d come up with.”

WO: “303 at a minimum. 332 possible.”

SW: “Yeah, somewhere in there.”

Sam Wang from the Princeton Election Consortium makes his election prediction on today’s “To the Point.” Wang predicted the 2008 presidential election almost perfectly, he was off by a single electoral vote.

No campaign has ever touched on all the important issues, but who decides what’s worth discussing and when? For the first time since the election of 1988, the issue of climate change – a subject even the Pentagon says could be crucial to America’s future — was not raised in any of this year’s presidential or vice presidential debates Both presidential candidates are being accused of “climate silence.” Drug wars, just across the Mexican border, have killed 60,000 people, twice the number in Syria’s civil war. What about the Eurozone and gun control? Do the media provide all the ideas? Are the candidates trapped by partisan polarization?  We hear a range of opinions.

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The psychology of voting is very simple-minded and candidates have to respond accordingly.
Stanford’s Shanto Iyengar, on today’s To the Point, talks about how public-opinion polls largely decide which issues come up in the campaign.