The Top Political Stories of 2012

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  • 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
  • U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare
  • Rod Blagojevich Goes to Prison
  • Allen West Loses Re-Election Bid

Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Fail

Instead of keeping African-Americans, young adults and certain other demographics away from the polls, tougher new voting laws in 33 states cemented their determination to cast ballots. Exit polls showed that minority voters increased their participation from 26 percent in 2008 to 28 percent in 2012. 

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