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NPR Unfiltered on the Campaign Trail

Traveling from rallies to conventions to debates, the NPR Washington and Election teams have witnessed countless photo-worthy moments on the ground and in the air during their coverage of the 2012 elections. In addition to their on-air and online reporting, our journalists often shared stories from the campaign trail through pictures in social media.

These special, behind-the-scenes and often candid images from cross-country travels (and more than a handful from campaign hotspots Ohio, Florida and Colorado) were shared with thousands of their followers via Twitter and Instagram.

For those who missed out or want to revisit these moments over the past few months, we've put together a slideshow of some of the photos they shared:

Pictures from the Campaign Trail

  • White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro stood among a crowd of spectators with their smartphone cameras held high, hoping to snap a shot of President Obama during a campaign rally. We suspect Shapiro was not the only onlooker who posted his photo to Instagram afterwards.
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    White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro stood among a crowd of spectators with their smartphone cameras held high, hoping to snap a shot of President Obama during a campaign rally. We suspect Shapiro was not the only onlooker who posted his photo to Instagram afterwards.
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  • Ari Shapiro explained what was going on when he took this photo of Mitt Romney handing out McDonald's hamburgers to members of the press during a flight: "Romney: 'Quarter-pounder?' Press: 'Can you tell us more about your plans for Libya?"
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    Ari Shapiro explained what was going on when he took this photo of Mitt Romney handing out McDonald's hamburgers to members of the press during a flight: "Romney: 'Quarter-pounder?' Press: 'Can you tell us more about your plans for Libya?"
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  • Reporter Alan Greenblatt tweeted this photo of Washington Desk Correspondent Brian Naylor during an interview with Missouri Congressman Todd Akin.
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    Reporter Alan Greenblatt tweeted this photo of Washington Desk Correspondent Brian Naylor during an interview with Missouri Congressman Todd Akin.
    Alan Greenblatt/NPR
  • Designed by our very own NPR Creative Services team, these NPR's election buttons were tweeted by National Desk Reporter Jeff Brady while at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
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    Designed by our very own NPR Creative Services team, these NPR's election buttons were tweeted by National Desk Reporter Jeff Brady while at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
    Jeff Brady/NPR
  • Pictured here are staff from NPR's Elections team heading to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.: (l-r) Booker Natalie Friedman, Producer Evie Stone, Reporter Sonari Glinton, Editor Ron Elving, Correspondent Debbie Elliott and Assistant Producer Arnie Seipel.
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    Pictured here are staff from NPR's Elections team heading to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.: (l-r) Booker Natalie Friedman, Producer Evie Stone, Reporter Sonari Glinton, Editor Ron Elving, Correspondent Debbie Elliott and Assistant Producer Arnie Seipel.
    @nprpolitics
  • NPR's Elections team geared up for hours of live coverage at the first presidential debate in Denver, Co.: (l-r) Washington Desk Correspondent Mara Liasson, Assistant Producer Arnie Seipel and White House Correspondent Scott Horsley posed for this snapshot tweeted by White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.
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    NPR's Elections team geared up for hours of live coverage at the first presidential debate in Denver, Co.: (l-r) Washington Desk Correspondent Mara Liasson, Assistant Producer Arnie Seipel and White House Correspondent Scott Horsley posed for this snapshot tweeted by White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.
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  • On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Washington Correspondent Liz Halloran captured this full-house stadium shot during singer Mary J. Blige's performance.
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    On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Washington Correspondent Liz Halloran captured this full-house stadium shot during singer Mary J. Blige's performance.
    Liz Halloran/NPR
  • Reporter Alan Greenblatt tweeted this image of National Desk Reporter Sonari Glinton interviewing Indiana Senate candidate Joe Donnelly.
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    Reporter Alan Greenblatt tweeted this image of National Desk Reporter Sonari Glinton interviewing Indiana Senate candidate Joe Donnelly.
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  • As the first presidential debate was underway in Denver, Co., Assistant Producer Arnie Seipel took this photo of White House Correspondents (l to r) Scott Horsley and Ari Shapiro deep into fact-checking.
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    As the first presidential debate was underway in Denver, Co., Assistant Producer Arnie Seipel took this photo of White House Correspondents (l to r) Scott Horsley and Ari Shapiro deep into fact-checking.
    Arnie Seipel/NPR
  • National Desk reporter Sonari Glinton caught this candid moment of Washington Desk Correspondent Mara Liasson hard at work.
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    National Desk reporter Sonari Glinton caught this candid moment of Washington Desk Correspondent Mara Liasson hard at work.
    Sonari Glinton/NPR
  • Tracking two screens, National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea kept tabs on the play-by-play from two special events on the same night – the Vice Presidential Debate in Danville, Ky., and an MLB playoff game between the Yankees and the Orioles (Note: Gonyea is a self-professed Detroit Tigers fan).
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    Tracking two screens, National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea kept tabs on the play-by-play from two special events on the same night – the Vice Presidential Debate in Danville, Ky., and an MLB playoff game between the Yankees and the Orioles (Note: Gonyea is a self-professed Detroit Tigers fan).
    Arnie Seipel/NPR
  • More to come on Tuesday, Nov. 6: NPR staff make final preparations for the seven hours of live coverage in Studio 4A at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters. Be sure to tune in.
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    More to come on Tuesday, Nov. 6: NPR staff make final preparations for the seven hours of live coverage in Studio 4A at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters. Be sure to tune in.
    Katie Burk/NPR

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And while only a few days remain before the election night finale on November 6, we're confident there will be more social media posts to come from our NPR teams.

As you set your dial to hear NPR's live coverage, be sure to also follow NPR staff (reporting from 19 locations) for even more election night action on Twitter: NPR People and NPR Election Team. And as always, find behind-the-scenes insights from the night on our Facebook page and @NPR.

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