In the News and On the Air: Political Feats The End of the Election Marathon; and a 80s Flashback: Daniel Ortega Back in Power and Emelda Marcos Back in Fashion.
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In the News and On the Air: Political Feats

Election marathon. "It is a feeling not like any other ... just feel the energy."

That's how former Olympic runner Frank Shorter describes the excitement at the start of the New York City marathon.

Maybe some political candidates felt that way — a year ago.

On this Election Day, however, many must feel like one of this year's marathon runners, bicyclist Lance Armstrong, who called the race "the hardest physical thing I have ever done."

Some political candidates may have to run a 27th mile.

NPR's Pam Fessler says it's "very, very possible" that some House races could take days to sort out, what with ballot-rule confusion, so-called "provisional ballots" and early-voting ballots that actually get counted late.

Ortega is a shoo-in. Former Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega probably has a "feeling not like any other" — the feeling of thumbing his nose at the United States.

The former Marxist revolutionary was a constant target of U.S. policy after he came to power in 1979.

Today, after an election, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro called in from Managua to tell us that Ortega is on his way back to the top.

Ortega, however, delayed claiming victory until authorities formally declare him the winner.

Imelda's shoes are in again. Here's another blast from the Cold War past. Imelda Marcos, the widow of a U.S.-supported dictator in the Philippines, has started a new fashion line.

The former Filipino first lady became famous for collecting 1,500 pairs of shoes while her nation suffered in poverty.

Now she says her fashion collection will be affordable.

With money, she says, "you can only buy food and things like that, but only beauty can feed your soul and spirit."

Doesn't that quote give you a feeling not like any other?