Statewide Races Explore NPR's coverage of gubernatorial contests, ballot issues and other statewide elections in 2012.

Statewide Races

New Hampshire Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan and Gov. John Lynch visit with fourth-graders from Derry, N.H., at the Statehouse on Thursday in Concord. Come January, Hassan will govern a state where — for the first time — all U.S. senators and representatives also are women. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Maggie Hassan was elected governor of New Hampshire on Tuesday, as the state also voted in the first all-female congressional delegation. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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What An All-Female Delegation Says About N.H.

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Mike Reynolds authored California's three-strikes law after his daughter, Kimber, was killed in a 1992 purse snatching. On Tuesday, Californians approved a ballot initiative that weakens the law — a measure Reynolds opposed. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Calif. Affirms Death Penalty, Amends 'Three Strikes'

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New Hampshire Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan speaks to supporters Tuesday in Manchester, N.H., after defeating Republican Ovide Lamontagne to keep the governor's seat in Democratic control. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Voters stand in line as they prepare to cast their votes in Hialeah, Fla., on Tuesday. Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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New Hampshire gubernatorial candidates Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne talk before their Oct. 4 debate in Henniker, N.H. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Speaking at the University of Florida in Gainesville, state Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis said Florida's courts should be independent. Lewis is one of three justices fighting to keep his seat. Matt Stamey/Gainesville Sun /Landov hide caption

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Karl Rove, the founder of Crossroads GPS and a former adviser to President George W. Bush, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 28. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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The Italian-built Lamborghini Aventador costs nearly $400,000. The money spent on election 2012 — for TV ads and other things — could theoretically get you more than 15,000 of these V12 cars. But that's a lot more than have been built. Adek Berry /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A vote to merge the city of Evansville, Ind., with Vanderburgh County has met opposition from some voters and even businesses. Alan Greenblatt/NPR hide caption

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Melissa Fults, treasurer for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, holds up cards at the back of a news conference in Little Rock, Ark., with the names of doctors she says support a ballot issue that would legalize medical marijuana. Danny Johnston/AP hide caption

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Gay Marriage, Marijuana And Taxes: States Decide

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Rowers return to the Chesapeake Energy Boathouse after training on the river near downtown Oklahoma City. The riverfront recreation area is one of the most visible examples of the city's sales tax initiatives in action. Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma hide caption

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Welcome to Arkansas ... will it apply to the GOP on Election Day? Republicans haven't had control over both state legislative chambers since 1874. Fotosearch/Getty Images/Fotosearch RF hide caption

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An attendee holds up a button at a speech by President Obama on Sept. 17 in Cincinnati. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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A crowd listens at a rally with former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. President Obama canceled his appearance to return to the White House to monitor Hurricane Sandy. Both campaigns have urged supporters whose states allow early voting to vote as soon as possible. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, known as the "Ten Commandments Judge," makes an appearance at a Tea Party rally in Mobile. The Republican is running for chief justice again despite being removed from the office nearly 10 years ago for defying a federal court order to remove a massive Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama judicial building. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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The 'Ten Commandments Judge' Wants His Seat Back

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