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November 13, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Remember the pro wrestler who offered, on EBay, to tattoo anything on his face to the highest bidder? He was paid $15,000 to tattoo Mitt Romney's campaign logo on his face. How does he feel about that now, seeing the election is over and Romney lost? "Wait, did the election already happen? Did Romney lose?” Eric Hartsburg told ABC News, who caught up with him on Monday. He was kidding. At least I hope he was kidding. “I am college educated, and I am not an idiot,” Hartsburg said.
November 11, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Mitt Romney's loss to President Obama on Tuesday unleashed predictable angst and debate in a Republican Party that must now decide how to attract a more diverse electorate. But for conservatives who identify with the tea party, one emotion seemed to dominate all others: a white-hot anger at the Republican establishment. Tea party supporters are angry at the GOP for embracing as its presidential nominee a "moderate" like Romney. For undermining "true conservative" candidates. And for "choosing to ignore" the conservative agenda.
November 8, 2012 | By John M. Glionna and Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
PROVO, Utah - Sitting cross-legged on a lawn with two other students, Whitney Call, a 23-year-old creative writing major at Brigham Young University, took satisfaction in at least one aspect of the outcome of the 2012 presidential election: Mitt Romney might not have won, but he demonstrated that being a Mormon, like her, was no barrier to winning the nation's highest office. "His faith was not a factor in the election at all. Maybe that means that people are beginning to realize that Mormons are more mainstream than they thought," she said.
November 7, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
COLUMBUS, Ohio - For many in Ohio, the ritual of stepping up to a ballot machine on Tuesday came with a sense of relief that the long, ugly presidential race was finally drawing to a close. "Awful, just awful," said Penny Dietrich, 63, a Worthington homemaker. "Both sides. " But in the end, President Obama's relentless attack ads against Mitt Romney, who answered in kind, were the key to his victory in a state that always plays an outsize role in presidential campaigns. Obama's victory in Ohio appeared to vindicate his tireless pursuit of the white, working-class voters who dominate the state's election landscape.
November 7, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
President Obama overcame a disappointingly slow economic recovery and a massive advertising onslaught to win a second term Tuesday night, forging a coalition of women, minorities and young people that reflects the changing political face of America. The outcome was surprisingly swift. The TV networks called the race against Republican Mitt Romney less than 20 minutes after the polls closed on the West Coast, as a succession of battleground states tipped the president's way. About 90 minutes later, the former Massachusetts governor offered his concession in a phone conversation with the president.
November 6, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Mitchell Landsberg and Robin Abcarian
A little hometown hoops for President Obama. A little last-minute campaigning and some fast food for Mitt Romney. The candidates for president of the United States engaged in entirely American activities Tuesday as the electorate - minus about 32 million citizens who already voted early - went to polls to pick their leader. Turnout appeared to be high in many parts of the country, though perhaps not on par with 2008's historic numbers. Some polling places had long waits, including in some of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
November 6, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Mitt Romney returned to this state that set his course to the nomination, promising late Monday night that America was “one day away from the first day of a new beginning” and that his plans would ensure America “comes roaring back.” Romney's late-night rally at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., kicked off about an hour before voting began in the tiny town of Dixville Notch, which is always the first to...
November 5, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
The presidential election isn't until Tuesday, but the "Redskins rule" has already determined the winner: Mitt Romney. Why? Because the Carolina Panthers beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday, of course. Duh. It only makes sense that the outcome of an NFL game involving the team based in the nation's capital (or, these days, in nearby Landover, Md.) would determine who would be living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Actually, it doesn't make any sense at all. But somehow or another, it almost always seems to work out that if the Redskins win the last home game they play before a presidential election, the incumbent party gets the victory that Tuesday -- and vice versa.
November 5, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
John McCain brought his “Straight-Talk Express” to MTV during the 2008 campaign. Bob Dole chatted with Tabitha Soren at the Dartmouth fraternity that inspired “Animal House.” Even George W. Bush fielded questions from Gideon Yago.  But anyone who waited for this year's Republican presidential candidate on the network of “The Real World” and “Jersey Shore” waited a long time. Despite making a number of cable TV appearances - the latest will come on ESPN's “Monday Night Football” with Barack Obama on Election Eve - Mitt Romney passed on several opportunities to sit down with MTV, executives said.
November 5, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
The Obamapalooza concert tour hit the Ohio college town (and capital) of Columbus on Monday afternoon with rapper Jay-Z politicizing his lyrics before making a pitch for a big turnout at the polls. Jay-Z modified one of his most popular lyrics, “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one,” transforming it into “I got 99 problems but Mitt ain't one.” As he talked, the rapper discovered that he was preaching to the choir - a show of hands revealed that most of the audience had already voted.
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