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America Decides | President Obama Re-Elected To A Second Term – The Washington Post and Network Projections

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Posted November 7, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in US ELECTIONS ~ 1,589 views

     

The Washington Post — President Barack Obama was on the verge of winning a second-term Tuesday night, defeating Republican Mitt Romney in a series of close battleground state contests, according to network projections. Some prizes–Florida, Ohio and Virginia–were still too close to call, but there were encouraging signs for Obama because of still-to-be counted votes in Democratic strongholds there.

In Florida, Obama clung to a narrow lead, but Democrats were encouraged that the votes remaining to be counted come from South Florida counties where the president enjoys his strongest support. Likewise in Ohio, thought to be the most closely contested state in the election, Obama had a slight lead with many votes still to be counted in the urban areas where he is strongest.Romney had a lead in another battleground state, Virginia, although the Democrats held onto the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D.) Former governor and senator George Allen (R) conceded the race to another former governor, Tim Kaine, shortly before 11 p.m.

In early results, Obama won his home state of Illinois as well as Massachusetts, where Romney was governor and the place he still calls home. Maryland and the District of Columbia were put in Obama’s column as soon as polls there closed. Romney was winning across the South, plus West Virginia, Indiana and Oklahoma — traditional Republican states in the presidential contest. Democrats were having a good night in Senate results, where it appeared likely they would hold onto their majority in the chamber.

Democrats in early returns picked up two seats and had the possibility of a third.In the high-profile race in Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated  Republican Sen. Scott Brown. Democrats also picked up a Republican seat in Indiana, where Rep. Joe Donnelly prevailed over state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Mourdock had defeated six-term incumbent Sen. Richard G. Lugar in the May Republican primary, but his controversial comments about rape and abortion changed the tone of the general election campaign. In Missouri, Democrat Claire McCaskill held onto her Senate seat by defeating Republican challenger Todd Akin after he made controversial remarks about rape and abortion as well.

In addition, former Maine governor Angus King, an independent, won the Senate race there. He has not said which party he will align with, but Democrats spent money to oppose King’s Republican challenger. After more than $2 billion in campaign spending, unprecedented hours of television ads and a record number of voters who cast their ballots before Tuesday, Election Day 2012 was told in timeless tableaus of lines outside schools, volunteers waving signs and Americans emerging with “I Voted” stickers attached to their jackets.

Early exit polls showed, not surprisingly, that the economy was the most important issue for Americans who have lived through a devastating recession. They told pollsters that they were slightly more positive about the country’s direction than when they chose Obama four years ago. But their interest in a more activist federal government has been dampened. The polls also suggest a slightly more Republican electorate than in 2008.

Despite their worries, more people think the economy is getting better than getting worse, according to the polls, and more blame former President George W. Bush for the economic woes than Obama. More people trusted Obama to look out for the middle class than trusted Romney, and more favored Obama’s prescription for deficit cutting, which involves higher taxes on the wealthy.

But about a third of the electorate appears to be made up of independents. Obama won their support four years ago, but the early results showed them breaking for Romney this time. The prize of the night is Ohio — no Republican presidential candidate has ever prevailed without the state in his column. Early exit polls indicated the electorate might be slightly more favorable to the president.

Interviews with voters showed Obama with a strong favorable rating (55 percent), while more had an unfavorable view of Romney than favorable.The electorate is also slightly more liberal, more African American and slightly less evangelical than four years ago, when the president won the state.

Both Obama and Romney reached out Tuesday to undecided voters and their bases of support, but the polls showed that about 70 percent of the voters decided whom to vote for before September, Obama stayed close to home in Chicago on Election Day, visiting campaign workers, taking a turn at the phone bank — reassuring those at the other end that it was, indeed, the president calling — and conducting several interviews

After an acrimonious campaign far different from his 2008 message of hope and change, Obama saluted his Republican competitor. “I also want to say to Governor Romney, ‘Congratulations on a spirited campaign.’ I know his supporters are just as engaged, just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today,” the president said.

Then it was on to a traditional pickup game of hoops at the Attack Athletics facility, where he played with, among others, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, former Duke University player and Obama aide Reggie Love, and old friends Michael Ramos and Martin Nesbitt.

Romney seemed to have some nervous energy to shed as well, before awaiting the results in Boston.

“I can’t imagine an election being won or lost by, let’s say, a few hundred votes and you spent your day sitting around,” Romney told Richmond radio station WRVA early Tuesday morning. “I mean, you’d say to yourself, ‘Holy cow, why didn’t I keep working?’ And so I’m going to make sure I never have to look back with anything other than the greatest degree of satisfaction on this whole campaign.”


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