Election 2012


Election 2012 

Your center for the 2012 elections

2012 marks a pivotal election year for Americans, both locally and nationally. This November will bring the conclusion to an unrelenting campaign season. WNPR, along with NPR, and CPTV, along with PBS, will offer Connecticut comprehensive coverage and unique insights to all the events leading up to election night.


Election 2012

“Where We Vote”

Where We Vote is a regular series on Where We Live that features candidates in some of the most important races in the state. During the live broadcast from WNPR’s Hartford studios, the candidates are interviewed by host John Dankosky and field questions from listeners via phone and social media. This year, WNPR will focus on the two “open” races that affect the most Connecticut residents, the senate and the 5th congressional seat. This series is designed to both inform voters about the candidate’s positions on key issues, and elicit answers on difficult and tricky subjects the candidates don’t face in other forums.


Tune in to WNPR for upcoming debates and election information from across the state.

Election Night Special Coverage

WNPR will provide special election night coverage on the two biggest nights of the year, the August 14 primary and November 6 general election. Both nights will feature analysis, reports from the field and live break-ins for important speeches in the national and state races.

News Coverage

As always, WNPR reporters will report on the key moments of important state races, and WNPR’s “beat” reporters will take extensive looks at how the candidates stack up on issues like the environment, health care, education and the economy.

Plus, follow all the stories and reporting of the 2012 election from NPR by visiting http://www.npr.org/sections/elections/.


PBS Convention Coverage: A PBS NewsHour Special Report

August 27-30 and September 4-6, 8-11 p.m. ET

PBS News Hour

Award-winning political journalists Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will co-anchor gavel-to-gavel broadcast coverage from the PBS Skybox at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL (August 27 – 30) and from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC (September 4 – 5) as well as the Bank of America Stadium (September 6).

RACE 2012

Race 2012A PBS Election 2012 special produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez, uses the current presidential election as a lens through which to view America’s racial landscape. Among other issues, RACE 2012 delves into immigrants’ reshaping of the American electoral landscape, white voters’ reactions to their declining numbers and diminished influence, and the economic imbalance between races that may affect America’s political future. Fast-moving and non-partisan, RACE 2012 draws insights on racial political history from notable analysts, strategists and activists.

Additional Election Tools from PBS NewsHour:

Keep track of where the candidates are:


Toss up states will provide the deciding electoral votes this year, pick and see which states will affect what outcome with this interactive electoral map:


Monday-Friday, 7-8 p.m.

Election-focused programming continues with gavel-to-gavel coverage of the conventions in Tampa and Charlotte, live web streaming of the political activity and conversations with local delegations throughout the day on the ground. On air, PBS special broadcast coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET each night of the conventions and continue LIVE until the conclusion of the proceedings at approximately 11:00 p.m. ET.

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor live coverage of election specials, including the presidential debates on October 3, 16 and 22 at 9 p.m. and the vice-presidential debate on October 11 at 9 p.m., each followed by a 30-minute analysis. NewsHour covers election night on November 6, beginning at 6 p.m., with a full evening of news and analysis.

For up-to-date, attentive reporting on the 2012 election, visit PBS NewsHour at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/topic/politics/.