The Top Political Stories of 2012

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare
  • Rod Blagojevich Goes to Prison
  • Allen West Loses Re-Election Bid
  • Maxine Waters Cleared of Ethics Charges
  • Ethics Violations Derail Rep. Laura Richardson
  • Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Fail
  • Rep. Donald Payne Loses Colon Cancer Battle
  • Mia Love Wins GOP Congressional Primary
  • Artur Davis Crosses the Ideological Aisle
  • Romney Disparages 47 Percent of Americans
  • Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage
  • Rep. Bobby Rush Reprimanded for Hoodie on House Floor
  • Top of the News
  • Obama Wins Re-Election
  • Mitt Romney Wins Republican Nomination
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns
  • Herman Cain Suspends Presidential Campaign
  • Eric Holder Held in Contempt by Congress

Allen West Loses Re-Election Bid

Florida Rep. Allen West earned a reputation in Congress as a firebrand lawmaker unafraid to speak his mind or risk offending others. But despite his status as a tea party favorite and one of the House's most prolific fundraisers, he lost his first bid for re-election to political neophyte and Democrat Patrick Murphy.

(Photo: REUTERS/Robert Sullivan)

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