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The End Game: Final 2012 Election Results


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States presidential election, 2012
United States


                      November 6, 2012

538 electoral votes of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
Turnout 57.5%–60% (voting eligible)
Obama portrait crop.jpg Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6 cropped.jpg
Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 332 206
States carried 26 + DC 24
Popular vote 64,498,468 60,298,998
Percentage 50.8% 47.5%

ElectoralCollege2012.svg

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Presidential election results map
Blue denotes states/districts won by Obama/Biden
Red denotes those won by Romney/Ryan
Numbers indicate electoral votes allotted to the winner of each state

President before election
Barack Obama
Democratic
Elected President
Barack Obama
Democratic

 

 

 

The United States presidential election of 2012 was the 57th quadrennial presidential election and took place on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Democratic nominee, President Barack Obama, and his running mateVice President Joe Biden, were elected to a second term. Their major challengers were the Republican nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

 

 

Four major debates were held during the last weeks of the campaign: three presidential and one vice-presidential. Issues debated included the economy and jobs, the national deficit, social policy, immigration and foreign policy. Although most major media outlets insisted the election was too close to predict a winner in advance, analysts using statistical models, bookmakers and betting markets had President Obama as a clear favorite to win.

 

 

On November 6, by around 11:15 PM EST, most major television networks projected the winners would be Obama and Biden. At about 1:00 AM EST (6:00 AM GMT) on November 7, Romney conceded the election to President Obama, just as the polls in Alaska were closing. As of November 10, the electoral outcomes of all 50 states and the District of Columbia had been definitively projected, with final vote counts still outstanding in some states. President Obama carried all the states and districts (among states that allocate electoral votes by district) he had won in the 2008 election except North CarolinaIndiana and Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district.

 

 

State changes to voter registration and electoral rules

In 2011, several state legislatures enacted new laws, particularly related to voter identification and electoral process, that were attacked by the Democratic Party as attempts to suppress voting among its supporters and to improve the Republican Party’s presidential prospects. For some time, Republican supporters have been trying to make an issue of voter fraud, although their allegations have been repeatedly disproved. Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia state legislatures approved measures to shorten early voting periods.

 

Florida and Iowa barred all felons from voting. Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin state legislatures passed laws requiring voters to have government-issued IDs before they could cast their ballots. This meant, typically, that people without driver’s licenses or passports had to gain new forms of ID. President Obama, the NAACP, and the Democratic Party fought against many of the new state laws. Former President Bill Clinton denounced them, saying, “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today”.

 

He was referring to Jim Crow laws passed in southern states near the turn of the twentieth century that disfranchised most blacks from voting and excluded them from the political process for more than six decades. Clinton said the moves would effectively disfranchise core voter blocs that trend liberal, including college students, Blacks, and Latinos. Rolling Stone magazine criticized the American Legislative Exchange Council for lobbying in states to bring about these laws, to “solve” a problem that does not exist. The Obama campaign fought against the Ohio law, pushing for a petition and statewide referendum to repeal it in time for the 2012 election. Republicans claim they are trying to cut down on “voter fraud”, although it has not been documented as a significant problem in any state.

 

In addition, the Pennsylvania legislature proposed a plan to change its representation in the electoral college from the traditional winner-take-all model to a district-by-district model. As the governorship and both houses of its legislature were Republican-controlled, the move was viewed by some as an attempt to reduce Democratic chances.

 

 

 

Election

 

Early voting in some of the states began in September or October and continued as late as November 5. The election will proceed as follows:

 

  • December 17, 2012 – Electoral College will formally elect a President and Vice President.

 

 

  • January 6, 2013 – Electoral votes are formally counted before a joint session of Congress.

 

  • January 20, 2013 – Oaths of office are taken by the President and Vice President; the new presidential term starts at noon.

 

 

The first results available were from Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, with 5 votes for Obama and 5 for Romney, and from Hart’s Location, New Hampshire, with 23 votes for Obama, nine for Romney, and one for Gary Johnson. Both towns vote at midnight each election, and results are available shortly thereafter. Additional results became available after the polls closed, beginning at 7 PM Eastern Time.

 

There were several firsts this election. For the first time, a sitting President voted early. For the first time, candidates spent over $1 billion in advertising. Total cost in all campaigns was close to $5.8 billion, about $50/voter. Two astronauts on the International Space Station voted from space using ballots which were transmitted to them over the weekend.[118]

 

For the first time, voters in New Jersey were permitted to vote using e-mail. Election officials were not prepared for the 15 minutes it took to validate each request. As a result, they extended e-mail voting until Friday, November 9.

 

 

Obamas and Bidens embrace following television announcement of result.

 

 

Results

 

Barack Obama Democratic Illinois 64,497,901 50% 332

 

Mitt Romney Republican Massachusetts 60,298,327 47% 206

 

 

Analysis

The election of 2012 was the first in U.S. history in which both major party candidates received more than 60 million votes. It also marks the first time since 1820 that three consecutive American presidents have achieved reelection, as well as the first time since 1944 and Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s last re-election that a Democratic presidential candidate has succeeded in winning a majority of the popular vote in two consecutive elections.

 

Only three candidates of the modern Democratic party have secured a majority of the popular vote in consecutive elections: Andrew JacksonFranklin D. Roosevelt, and Obama. Before Obama in 2012, Ronald Reagan was the last president to win 50% or more of the popular vote in consecutive presidential elections.

 

 

Obama is the only one of the three sitting U.S. senators to have been elected president who later won reelection; the others, Warren G. Harding and John F. Kennedy, died in office during their first terms. However, Obama became the only President in United States history elected to a second term with a smaller number of both electoral and popular votes than his first victory.

 

 

Indiana, North Carolina, and Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district are the only electoral votes Obama won in the 2008 election that he did not win in 2012. Obama is the only other Democrat besides Bill Clinton to win an election without carrying the state of North Carolina.

 

 

Third-party voting was not significant in the outcome, but Gary Johnson’s 1.2 million votes set an all-time Libertarian Party record, and his 0.99% of the popular vote is the second-best showing for a Libertarian in a presidential election, trailing only Ed Clark‘s 1.06% in 1980. Collectively, third-party candidates earned about 1.7% of the popular vote, the highest since receiving 3.75% in the 2000 election.

 

 

Romney’s concession

 

After the networks called Ohio for Barack Obama, Mitt Romney was at first reluctant to concede the race, as many counties in Ohio were still outstanding. Once Colorado was called for the President, however, in tandem with Obama’s apparent lead in Florida, Romney realized he had lost and conceded.

 

Despite public polling suggesting Romney was behind in the swing states, his campaign said they were genuinely surprised by the loss, having believed that public polling was oversampling Democrats. One factor was a disorganization in getting voters to the polls, in Project ORCA. The Romney campaign had already set up a transition website, and had scheduled and purchased a fireworks display to celebrate in case he won the election

 

 

Reactions

Financial markets, the media and other countries’ political leaderships reacted with both positive and mixed messages. Most world leaders congratulated and praised Barack Obama on his re-election victory; however, Venezuela and some other states had tempered reactions; Pakistan commented that Romney’s defeat madePakistan-United States relations more safe. Notably, international reactions came from Kenya, where Sarah Obama led the celebration. Stock markets fell noticeably after the President’s re-election, with the Dow Jones Industrial AverageNASDAQ and the S&P 500 each declining over two percent the day after the election.

 

Reasons given for the sharp drop were the potential “fiscal cliff” looming over the United States, because of a split Congress; in addition, speculators are hedging on differences between the Executive and the House of Representatives as a result of differing political control of each institution. There are also renewed concerns about Europe’s debt crisis following warnings given by the European Central Bank‘s President

 

 

President Obama’s Election Night Victory Speech – November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama: “I’m Really Proud of All of You.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s A Mandate…..Stupid.


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Won, Get Over It

 

Susan Milligan is a political and foreign affairs writer and contributed to a biography of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.

 

One would think that with re-election—by an Electoral College landslide, notably—people would finally accept that President Barack Obama is the leader of the country. But still, despite the failed efforts of the birthers and Donald Trump and everyone else who just couldn’t imagine that a majority of voters said Obama should be president, the efforts to discredit Obama persist.

 

 

Almost immediately after Obama was re-elected (becoming only the fifth president in U.S. history to win a majority, and not just a plurality, of the popular vote twice), the self-anointed realists declared that Obama had no “mandate.” Never mind those 332 Electoral College votes, never mind the fact that he managed to win re-election despite residual racism and a general unhappiness with the slowness of the economic recovery.

 

 

It was deemed that because Obama won by just three percentage points in the popular vote, that he somehow had no right to assume he had earned the authority to lead. This argument is especially remarkable when one considers the comments made by disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who said after the GOP had taken majorities in both chambers under President George Bush that since the Republicans controlled the White House, the House, and the Senate, “we control the agenda.” Not much room there for cross-party compromise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In remarks on the Senate floor, the top Republican in that chamber argues against a mandate for President Barack Obama after his reelection last week.

 

 

 

“In politics, there is always a temptation among those who win office to think they have a mandate to do what they will,” McConnell will say, according to prepared remarks. “But it’s important to remember that in this case the voters also re-elected a Republican-controlled House last week, and a closely divided Senate. And in a government of three equal branches, that’s hardly irrelevant. Most people may focus on the White House, but the fact is, the government is organized no differently today than it was after the Republican wave of 2010.”

 

 

The top Senate Republican contends that Americans are “wary” of what Obama might do in a second term. “Look out across the heartland, and you’ll see vast regions of the country wary of the President’s vision for the future. The country is sharply divided about the right path forward.  If the President wants to unite America, as he has always claimed to, if he truly realizes that he was elected to represent all of its citizens, not just the ones who voted to give him a second term last Tuesday … then he’ll seek the common ground he avoided so strenuously in his first term. That’s his task. That’s the duty that comes with being President.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitch McConnell is a fool, an idiot, a moron and a flaming racist ass. That’s a fact. 332 electoral votes for POTUS Obama against 206 electoral votes for Willard Romney.

 
States Carried: POTUS Obama-26 + D.C.  Romney-24

 
Popular vote totals: 62,307,405 (50.6%) Votes for POTUS Obama……..58,938,376 (47.8%) Votes for Willard Romney.

 

 

Thats a mandate all day long…..Stupid.

 

 

Turns Out Romney Is the 47 Percent Candidate

 

John Nichols

 

The 2012 election produced more than its share of ironic results, but there is one that will stand above all others: Mitt Romney is the candidate of 47 percent of the American electorate.

 

As the long count of ballots cast in last Tuesday’s presidential election nears completion, Barack Obama’s popular-vote margin over Romney continues to expand. The Democratic president’s percentage of the vote has been steadily rising. As this has happened, his Republican challenger’s percentage has fallen.

 

Whereas on election night conservative commentators could speak of the finish to the long and bitter campaign as “almost a tie,” Obama now has a 3.4 million popular-vote, and 50.57 percent of the total.

 

Romney has drifted down to… 47.84 percent.

 

President Obama Friday claimed an election mandate to raise the richest Americans’ taxes before across-the-board hikes push the country back into recession next year.

 

“I’m not wedded to every detail of my plan. I’m open to compromise,” Obama said in the East Room of the White House.

 

“But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I am not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me making over $250,000 aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes,” he said.

 

America has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.

 

~ President Barack Obama, November 7, 2012~

 

 

Sounds like a mandate to me.

 

Let’s not forget…..It’s Still Barack’s House.

 

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The Final Results: 2012 General Presidential Election


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popular Vote Count: 2012 Election

 

Live 2012 results VOTES   % WON
60,301,311   50.4%
57,532,048   48.1

 

 

Popular Vote Count: 2008 Election

 

Results: 2008 |2004 VOTES   % WON
Barack Obama
69,492,376   53.0%
John McCain
59,946,378   45.7

 

 

 

 

Electoral Vote Count 2012:

 

President Barack Hussein Obama  —– 303 electoral votes

 

Ex- Governor Willard Mitt Romney——206 electoral votes

 

 

 

Battle Grounds States Won By President Obama:

 

Ohio  Virginia  Florida  Colorado  Nevada  Iowa  New Hampshire  Wisconsin  New Mexico

 

 

 

 

Battle Ground State Won By Ex-Governor Romney:

 

North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Things Stand Right Now Concerning Electoral Votes


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

Romney

191
ELECTORAL VOTES

 

 

Obama

231
ELECTORAL VOTES

Gore calls for ending electoral vote system

 

Former VP says it disenfranchises voters

 

Written by Michael Cass The Tennessean

 

 

Former Vice President Al Gore, who lost the 2000 presidential election by a narrow margin in the electoral college while easily winning the popular vote, has now called for abandoning the system./ Alan Poizner / File / For The Tennessean

 

 

Former Vice President Al Gore, who lost the 2000 presidential election by a narrow margin in the electoral collegewhile easily winning the popular vote, has now called for abandoning the system.

 

“Even after the 2000 election, I still supported the idea of the electoral college,” Gore said Thursday during coverage of the Republican National Convention on Current TV, which he co-founded.

 

“The logic is, it knits the country together, it prevents regional conflicts and it goes back through our history to some legitimate concerns. But since then I’ve given a lot of thought to it, and I’ve seen how these states are just written off and ignored, and people are effectively disenfranchised in the presidential race, and I really do now think that it’s time to change that.

 

“It’s always tough to amend the constitution and risky to do so, but there is a very interesting movement under way that takes it state by state, that may really have a chance ofsucceeding. And I hope it does. I think that it’s time. I think our country would be stronger and better if it went according to the popular vote.”

 

The electoral college system makes the national popular vote irrelevant by assigning electoral votes to the states based on their size. With many states predominantly Democratic or Republican, the presidential candidates tend to focus on more evenly split “battleground” states.

 

Gore, the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2000, defeated Republican George W. Bush by some 543,000 votes nationally but lost the electoral college by five votes, 271 to 266. Bush’s win in Florida, where he prevailed by 537 votes statewide after a historic recount, put him over the top.

 

“I was trying to convince my nephews to vote, and it’s a tough sell,” said Cenk Uygur, another panelist on Gore’s Current TV program. “They live in New Jersey. The presidential race is not going to matter. How do you get them to believe it will matter?”

 

Marc Hetherington, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University, said the system is unlikely to change because smaller states benefit from it, and there are more small states than big states. He said those states would be ignored by the campaigns under a straight popular vote count.

 

But a major advantage would be increasing voter participation in states that tend to go for one party or the other. A Tennessee Democrat or Republican doesn’t “feel the same urgency to go out to vote as my parents do up inPennsylvania,” Hetherington said.

 

He said it’s also odd that most of the very biggest states, which aren’t swing states, don’t see the candidates except when they want to raise money.

 

“It is a strange and arcane system,” he said. “But it’s not going away.”

 

In 2004, Bush defeated Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts by a more comfortable margin on both counts, picking up 286 electoral votes and 50.7 percent of the popular vote.

 

In 2008, Barack Obama, then an Illinois senator, defeated Sen. John McCain of Arizona by even bigger numbers. Obama won 365 electoral votes and 53 percent of the popular vote.

 

 

Michael Cass will be covering the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.

 

 

 

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