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From Texas Standard: One fateful night in 2000 left the nation without a president-elect for over a month: the election between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush was too close to call. But that didn't stop network news from calling the race wrong – twice. First, many reported that Gore won Florida, then media sites called the electoral college for Bush, as the official campaign results played out in the courtroom.

From Texas Standard: We're just one day away from putting the 2016 election in the record books – so wethought we'd take a few minutes to highlight the top fiveTexas moments that shaped the election. Kevin Diaz , Washington correspondent for the Houston Chronicle, says many of these top five Texas-related moments involve the state's junior senator and one-time presidential candidate, Ted Cruz.

From Texas Standard: It’s the final full day of the 2016 presidential campaign, but in Tyler, Texas, it's not politics on the minds of most folks today. It is, rather, the story of ten-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco , the subject of a statewide Amber Alert since she went missing after a church service last Tuesday night. Her body was found Sunday morning behind a home in Bullard, Texas. About 300 people turned out last night at Kayla's elementary school for a vigil. A family member has been arrested and is being held in the Smith County Jail on a federal Immigration Customs detainer. The suspect had been deported in 2014 but returned to Texas a short time later. The daily newspaper there devotes its entire front page to Kayla's story and how parents are struggling to talk with their own kids about the incident. This is happening at a time when Tyler and the rest of the nation are settling in for an historic election. Here's our last statewide editors' roundtablebefore the 2016 election, with editors from Tyler, El Paso and Odessa.

Election Day is nearly upon us. So where does the electoral map stand? It's a close race, with Hillary Clinton retaining a broad and consistent but shallow advantage, according to the final NPR Battleground Map. Compared with a couple of weeks ago, when Clinton hit her peak lead, the race has tightened. So our map reflects that — almost all of the moves benefit Trump, though because of one potentially determinative move, Clinton still surpasses the 270 electoral votes needed to be president...

Shelley D. Kofler / Texas Public Radio

This year Hispanics made up a larger percentage of early voters in Bexar County – and the state- than they did four years ago. Democrats believe that will help their candidates. Republicans aren’t so sure. Both parties were analyzing the impact of the Latino surge as they made a last push for turnout this weekend.

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