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Electoral Votes By State
Illinois - 22 | Indiana - 12 | Iowa - 7 | Kansas - 6 | Michigan - 18 | Minnesota - 10 | Missouri - 11 | Nebraska - 5 | North Dakota - 3 | Ohio - 21 | South Dakota - 3 | Wisconsin - 11

 Illinois       Electoral Votes: 22 -- Gore
House

Death Penalty (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, June 16, 2000
NPR's Steve Inskeep reports on the new dynamic in the debate over the death penalty. While polls show little movement on the issue Americans still support it there appears to be a growing awareness that innocent people have been put to death. And there is a new lobbying effort to push for greater DNA testing to make sure that no longer happens.

Bush & Death Penalty (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, June 12, 2000
Robert talks with Steve Mills, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune about death penalty cases in Texas. Mills and two additional reporters named Douglas Holt and Ken Armstrong have found that several cases have been prosecuted using flawed evidence.

Latino Voters (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, May 15, 2000
As part of our series on Latino voters, NPR's David Welna reports from Cicero, Illinois, on the increasingly large Hispanic population, and the question of why Hispanics don't exert more political influence in the local government. More than 60-percent of Cicero residents are Hispanic, but they tend not to vote in local elections, nor to run for local office.

Nader and the Indigo Girls (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, April 9, 2000
Rock music is no rarity to modern-day political campaigning. But the Indigo Girls and Ralph Nader? Yes, the female duo recently appeared as part of the Spitfire Tour a cross-country caravan of activists, musicians and actors where the Green Party candidate also made an appearance. From Chicago, NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.

Competition In Republican Primary (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, March 20, 2000
Shirley Jahad of Chicago Public Radio reports that Illinois Congressman John Porter's decision to retire has created plenty of competition in tomorrow's Republican primary in the 10th Congressional District. Porter has held the seat for 20 years.

Illinois Congressional Primary (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, March 18, 2000
The Illinois primary is Tuesday, and among the most hotly contested races is the battle for the GOP nomination in the 15th Congressional district. David Schaper of member station WBEZ in Chicago reports.

Shakeup in Chicago (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend Edition Saturday, March 18, 2000
Jackie Northam reports on the Democratic primary race for the first District in Chicago.


 Indiana       Electoral Votes: 12 -- Bush
Senate | House | Governor

Reform Party (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, April 17, 2000
NPR's Don Gonyea reports on the efforts being made by Pat Buchanan in his bid to win the Reform Party presidential nomination. The former Republican candidate has been assiduously wooing party members across the country and is regarded as the frontrunner for the nomination even though his strong views on issues such as abortion and homosexual rights might not be universally applauded.


 Iowa       Electoral Votes: -- 7 for Gore
House

Election - Small States #1 (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 10, 2000
States with a small number of votes in the electoral college may play a larger part than usual in the upcoming election, thanks to the tight race for president. Today we're hearing about the political race in states that are often ignored in the big fall elections. Iowa has seven electoral votes. But it's a close race there, so the candidates have been paying visits. Democrat Al Gore, Republican George W. Bush and his running mate Dick Cheney have all been to the state in the last ten days. Linda talks to David Yepsin, Political Columnist with the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hobo Convention (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 24, 2000
Commentator John Ridley may have missed the conventions in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, but he had a chance to attend a far more inclusive convention in the small town of Britt, Iowa.

Primary Report (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, February 2, 2000
Host Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Cokie Roberts and commentator Kevin Phillips about the results of the New Hampshire primary. Now that New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses are over the presidential nomination moves to other states.

Iowa Caucuses (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, January 25, 2000
NPR National Political Correspondent Elizabeth Arnold reports on the results of last night's Iowa Caucuses. Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush were the big winners in the first voting of the 2000 presidential campaign. The next round of voting takes place in exactly one week at the New Hampshire primary.

New Hampshire and Iowa (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, January 24, 2000
NPR National Political Correspondent Elizabeth Arnold reports that likely voters in Iowa and New Hampshire seem to be placing more emphasis on the character of the presidential candidates instead of issues they've been emphasizing in their campaigns. Arnold has been speaking informally to voters, as the candidates have criss-crossed New Hampshire and Iowa. Tonight, the Iowa caucuses will be held. The New Hampshire Primary takes place a week from tomorrow.

Iowa Caucus
Weekend Edition/Sunday, January 23, 2000
Frank Stasio speaks with NPR's Elizabeth Arnold and Mara Liasson about tomorrow's Iowa Caucus, the first official test of the candidates in the Presidential campaign.

Conversation with Elizabeth Arnold
Weekend Edition, January 22, 2000
Host Neal Conan speaks with NPR political correspondent Elizabeth Arnold about what it's like to be a member of the media on the campaign trail.

New Hampshire Ads (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, January 21, 2000
Most Americans now relate to the presidential campaign primarily as a long-running TV program. Whether they watch the news or not, they cannot escape the barrage of campaign ads. This year's flood of broadcast ads has already begun in Iowa and New Hampshire, where early events will begin to narrow the presidential field over the next 11 days. NPR's Anthony Brooks reports.

Democratic Debate (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, January 18, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on last night's Iowa debate between Democratic Presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley, their last before next Monday's Iowa caucuses. Many of the questions and answers dealt with issues of racial justice. The event was co-sponsored by the Iowa Brown-Black Presidential Forum.

The Presidential Nomination (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, January 17, 2000
Commentator Kevin Phillips says that the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary add personality to the Presidential nominating process and make it more interesting.

Republican Debate in Iowa
Weekend Edition/Sunday, January 16, 2000
The six Republican aspirants to the Oval Office debated yesterday for the last time before the Iowa caucuses are held eight days from today. As NPR's Anthony Brooks reports, the candidates agreed on many issues but as usual tax policy provoked their sharpest disagreements.

Democratic Debate (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, January 18, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on last night's Iowa debate between Democratic Presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley, their last before next Monday's Iowa caucuses. Many of the questions and answers dealt with issues of racial justice. The event was co-sponsored by the Iowa Brown-Black Presidential Forum.


 Kansas       Electoral Votes: 6 -- Bush
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 Michigan       Electoral Votes: 18 -- Gore
Senate | House

Gore in Michigan (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, October 14, 2000

NPR's Madeline Brand reports on Vice President Al Gore's short campaign trip ahead of Tuesday's third and final debate with Republican Presidential candidate George W. Bush. Gore has been raising the issue of health care in stump speeches since his last Presidential debate.

Election Battlegrounds (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 25, 2000

NPR's Don Gonyea takes a look at Michigan as a crucial battleground state in this year's presidential elections. This piece begins a series on key states.

Bush and Minorities (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, May 24, 2000
Texas Governor George Bush campaigned today in a Catholic school that serves a nearly 100 percent African American community. Bush brought his message that education is today's civil rights fight to the heart of Democratic Detroit. It's all part of his effort to soften his image and reach across traditional party and racial lines. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.

George W. Bush (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, April 19, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on efforts by George W. Bush to reach out to Independent and moderate Republican voters. The Texas Governor has proposed a tax credit promoting the construction of affordable housing and says he might consider asking Senator John McCain to accept the Republican vice presidential nomination. McCain has said in the past that he is not interested in the position.

Michigan & Arizona (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, February 22, 2000
Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Elizabeth Arnold and NPR's Don Gonyea, about today's Republican primaries in Arizona and Michigan. Arnold is with covering the campaign of John McCain in Arizona. Gonyea is in Kansas City with the George W. Bush campaign. Then for analysis, Robert turns to David Brooks, Senior Editor at the Weekly Standard, and Washington Post Columnist EJ Dionne.

Michigan & Arizona pt.2 (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, February 22, 2000
Robert Siegel continues NPR's coverage of today's Republican primaries in Arizona and Michigan.

Michigan Primary (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, February 21, 2000
After a succession of presidential primaries in smaller states, Michigan weighs in on the choice of a Republican nominee tomorrow. Polls there show the race between Texas Governor George W. Bush and Arizona Senator John McCain too close to call. NPR's Don Gonyea traveled with the governor today and reports the mood that campaign is full of confidence.

Michigan Farewell (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, January 11, 2000
NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports from Michigan, site of last night's Republican presidential debate and home of the February 22nd GOP primary.

Republican Debate (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, January 11, 2000
NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports from Grand Rapids on last night's Republican Presidential candidate debate in Michigan. It was the third time in just five days, that the candidates have met in a nationally broadcast debate. Topics ranged from tax cuts to negative campaign advertising. Presumed frontrunner George W. Bush, once again, was the focus of attention.


 Minnesota       Electoral Votes: 10 -- Gore
Senate | House

Bush In Minnesota (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 1, 2000

Texas Governor George W. Bush spoke today at a campaign rally in Minnesota, at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. His appearance today was unusual, considering the state has not voted Republican in a presidential race since 1972. But polls are showing Bush and Democratic candidate Al Gore in a dead heat in Minnesota. We'll hear some of Bush's remarks, and Robert speaks with Doug Grow, a columnist for Minneapolis Star Tribune, about the current state of politics in Minnesota. Two years ago Minnesotans elected a third party candidate, Jesse Ventura, as their governor, and now Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader is making a showing in the polls in Minnesota.

Bush Stump Speech (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 1, 2000

And we hear a speech by Texas Governor George W. Bush today campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, discussing his plans for the federal budget surplus.

Minnesota Senate Race (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 13, 2000

In Minnesota, a first-term Republican is facing an uphill battle in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Polls show Senator Rod Grams running behind his wealthy Democratic challenger, department store heir Mark Dayton. Grams' seat is considered one of the most vulnerable in a Senate where Republicans currently hold only a slim majority. NPR's David Welna reports from Saint Paul.

Ventura (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, February 11, 2000
Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, the Reform Party's highest elected official in the country, has decided to leave the party -- and wants the state chapter to follow him. Ventura said he will seek to return the Minnesota contingent to its "Independence Party" roots. The governor also insisted he would not run for president this year. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik reports.

Trump for President?
Weekend All Things Considered, January 8, 2000
Billionaire Donald Trump may soon become presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump has all but promised that he'll announce next month that he will run on the Reform Party ticket. And if he does, he'll most likely have the party's highest ranking politician on his side, Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.


 Missouri       Electoral Votes: 11 -- Bush
Senate | House | Governor

Carnahan Wins (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, November 8, 2000

Despite his death in a plane crash last month, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan was elected to the Senate and his widow has been promised an appointment to the seat. NPR's David Welna recaps the Missouri Senate race.

Missouri's Mind (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 2, 2000

Linda talks to Tim Poor, National/World Editor at the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, about the election races in Missouri, where George W. Bush made a stop today. Bush has the edge in Missouri, according to a Zogbe poll. Other major races include the Senate race between incumbent Republican John Ashcroft, and the state's Democratic Governor Mel Carnahan, who has died in a plane crash. Carnahan remains on the ballot, though, and his wife has said she will serve in his stead if he wins. And House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt is running for re-election.

Senate Race in Missouri (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, October 31, 2000

NPR's David Welna reports that numerous questions remain about the Senate race in Missouri. Missouri's Governor Mel Carnahan, died two weeks ago in a plane crash. Carnahan was the democratic opponent of Senator John Ashcroft. Carnahan's death, however, did not remove is name from the ballot, and now he's actually leading in the polls. Many are wondering what will happen if the state elects the deceased governor to the U.S. Senate.

Mrs. Carnahan (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 30, 2000

Robert Siegel talks to NPR's David Welna, who is in Missouri covering the announcement by Jean Carnahan, the widow of Gov. Mel Carnahan, that she will accept appointment to the Senate if her late husband is elected next week. Mel Carnahan was campaigning against Republican Senator John Ashcroft when he died in a plane crash two weeks ago. His death came too late for his name to be removed from the ballot, and so Democrats are urging a vote for Mel Carnahan -- the late Mel Carnahan -- as a tribute. Mel Carnahan's successor, Roger Wilson, had said he would appoint Mrs. Carnahan to the Senate if Ashcroft were to be defeated.

Gov. Mel Carnahan (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 17, 2000

NPR's David Welna reports on the tragic death of Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, the Democratic nominee running in a hotly-contested Senate seat against incumbent Republican John Ashcroft, who perished in a plane crash, along with his son and a campaign adviser. Carnahan's death robs the Democrats of one of their best chances at picking up a Senate seat. But more importantly, it robs a state of a very popular public official, and it darkens the mood as the presidential candidates hold their final debate tonight in St. Louis.

Missouri Voters (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 18, 2000

Host Linda Wertheimer traveled to Missouri to talk to voters about their views on the candidates. Today she talks to a group of older white men about their thoughts on the last debate. The encounter doesn't seem to have swayed their support for George W. Bush.

Swing Voters (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, September 23, 2000

The state of Missouri is a battleground for presidential votes. With frequent visits from George W. Bush and Al Gore the candidates are trying to win over St. Louis voters. NPR's Steve Inskeep reports.

Midwest Ads (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 21, 2000

With the presidential election up for grabs in many big states, the candidates and their supporters are flooding the airwaves with political commercials designed to rev up their supporters and convert the undecided. The ad war is particularly fierce in several Midwestern states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Missouri. NPR's Steve Inskeep spent much of this week watching television in suburban St. Louis to get a flavor of what voters there are seeing each day.

Bush - Health Care (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, April 12, 2000
In the past two days, Texas Governor George W. Bush has unveiled billions of dollars in spending programs to help low income families afford housing and health care. NPR's Peter Kenyon notes that Bush, once again campaigning as a "compassionate conservative," is setting a course at odds with his record in Texas.


 Nebraska       Electoral Votes: 5 -- Bush
Senate | House

Coach in Congress? (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, April 28, 2000
Carolyn Johnsen of Nebraska Public Radio reports that retired University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne is running for congress. After coaching for 25 years and leading the Cornhuskers to 3 national championships, Osborne is hoping to convince Nebraska's 3rd district to send a political rookie to Capitol Hill.

Bob Kerrey Announces Retirement (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, January 21, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports that Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska has announced he will not seek a third term. News of his retirement weakens the Democratic hopes of reclaiming control of the Senate. Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor and 1992 presidential candidate, is the only statewide elected official who is a Democrat. All three Congressional seats are held by Republicans.


 North Dakota       Electoral Votes: 3 -- Bush
Senate | House | Governor

Republican Primaries (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, February 29, 2000
As the contest for the Republican Presidential nomination becomes increasingly combative, host Bob Edwards talks to NPR's Elizabeth Arnold about what is at stake in today's Presidential primary elections in Virginia, Washington State, and North Dakota.


 Ohio       Electoral Votes: 21 -- Bush
Senate | House

Ohio Supreme Court Election (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 29, 2000
Bill Rice of member station WCPN reports on an election for the Ohio Supreme Court that's raising concern about the effect of campaign money on judicial independence. Republicans and business groups are trying to defeat Justice Alice Robie Resnick, a Democrat, because they disapprove of her votes in two close decisions.

GOP Platform (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, June 19, 2000
Linda talks to NPR's Peter Kenyon about the Republican platform committee, which is holding a preliminary meeting today in Dayton, Ohio. The party seems determined to keep abortion from being a distraction this year and has scheduled no public hearings on the issue. The Republican platform will stress issues that presumptive GOP nominee George W. Bush has been focusing on, such as education and taxes.

Bush and Gore in Ohio (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, June 17, 2000
NPR's Don Gonyea reports from the campaign trail in Ohio, where both Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush are campaigning heavily. Ohio voters have gone with the winner in every Presidential election but one since 1952, and most analysts think this state is critical for both candidates.

McCain Supporters (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, March 8, 2000
NPR's Don Gonyea reports after losses in New York, Ohio and California yesterday, Senator John McCain is in Arizona evaluating his campaign's next step. Across the country, his fervent supporters are also coming to grips with defeat. Their decisions about what to do next may be decisive in November.

Ohio: an Indicator of National Voting Patterns (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, March 6, 2000
NPR's Don Gonyea reports on the importance of Ohio in tomorrow's slew of primaries and caucuses. While the candidates have spent more time in the delegate-rich states of New York and California, Ohio is also critical because it's a reliable indicator of national voting patterns.


 Oklahoma       Electoral Votes: 8 -- Bush
House

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 South Dakota       Electoral Votes: 3 -- Bush
House

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 Wisconsin       Electoral Votes: 11
Senate | House

Election in Wisconsin (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, November 16, 2000
NPR's John Burnett has a wrap up of election reaction from Wisconsin. Al Gore carried the state by just a few thousand votes, but some serious voting irregularities have come to light recently. Republicans say they may push for a recount for Wisconsin's 11 electoral votes, especially if they lose Florida.

Big Bush Rally (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend Edition - Sunday, October 29, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on a large rally yesterday in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, for Republican Presidential candidate George W. Bush. Wisconsin went Democratic in the last three national elections, but this time, the state appears to be up grabs.

Wisconsin and the Candidates (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, October 28, 2000
This week, presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush visited Wisconsin to rally swing voters as well as party loyalists. Although it only offers 11 electoral votes, the state is considered fertile ground for both parties. Host Lisa Simeone speaks with NPR National Political Correspondent Elizabeth Arnold.

Gore and Nader (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 27, 2000
NPR's Robert Siegel reports from Madison, Wisconsin on efforts by Al Gore and Ralph Nader to woo the same left-wing voters. Wisconsin has been solidly Democratic in the last three presidential races. But there, as in a handful of other states, the three-to-five-percent of the vote that polls show Nader may win could be enough to give George Bush a victory. Siegel talks to people in both the Gore and Nader camps, as well as Democratic voters who turned out to hear Al Gore yesterday and Nader supporters who turned out to protest Gore's appearance.

Wisconsin Hispanics(14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 10, 2000
Wisconsin has been Democratic in the last three Presidential elections, but this year it's too close to call. That has both campaigns calling in extra resources this month and looking for swing votes. One source both parties would like to tap is on Milwaukee's South Side, where Hispanics are the latest immigrant group to come of age politically and make their presence felt. NPR's David Welna reports.

Primaries (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, April 4, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports that Pennsylvania and Wisconsin hold primaries today. Both George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore were in Wisconsin last week trying to boost their chances in November in that crucial battleground state.

Bush In Wisconsin (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, March 31, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Milwaukee, on Republican Presidential candidate George W. Bush's campaigning in Wisconsin. The Texas governor visited a Harley plant yesterday and a pre-school. He's hoping to attract a group of white, Midwestern swing voters, known once as 'Reagan Democrats.'

Bush & Elian (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, March 31, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon is traveling in Wisconsin with George W. Bush, who today once again took Vice President Gore to task for being a latecomer on the issue of residency status for Elian Gonzalez.

Reform Party (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, April 17, 2000
NPR's Don Gonyea reports on the efforts being made by Pat Buchanan in his bid to win the Reform Party presidential nomination. The former Republican candidate has been assiduously wooing party members across the country and is regarded as the frontrunner for the nomination -- even though his strong views on issues such as abortion and homosexual rights might not be universally applauded.



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