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WUSF Election 2012 Coverage

Florida was critical to deciding both the Republican presidential nomination and the eventual overall winner, and WUSF was there through election night.

Here's a compilation of some of our favorite coverage.

The first story is a profile of the crucial I-4 corridor from January. The corridor runs from Tampa Bay to Daytona Beach and is home to more than half of the state's Republican primary voters. Reporter Bobbie O'Brien took listeners on a trip from one end of I-4 to the other, explaining the significance of stops along the way.

If you had a television or radio on at any point in 2012, it's likely you heard a political ad. Tampa Bay was blanketed by political ads last year -- with candidates spending $48 million on advertising, fourth-most of any U.S. market.

Reporter Dalia Colon told us how those ads even penetrated online music and television services such as Pandora and Hulu.

The final segment is from our live election night coverage. WUSF and Florida public media stations across the state partnered for the show, which was carried live in Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers.

The coverage featured reporters live from events across the state, questions from callers and social media, guests such as former Tampa mayor Pam Iorio, USF St. Petersburg political scientist Seth McKee and Hillsborough County commissioner Mark Sharpe.