4 More Years: President Obama Wins Second Term With Ohio

[ 0 ] November 7, 2012 |

President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House after taking the swing state of Ohio on Election Day 2012.

Polls and pundits anticipated a tight race – and got one, indeed – between Obama and Mitt Romney, as both campaigns were urging everyone to go out and vote up until the last minute.

“We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. -bo,” Obama Tweeted after his win. 

All eyes were particularly on swing states Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Florida. The winner needed 270 electoral votes to take the White House.

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Obama won the following states: Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Oregon, New Jersey, Washington, New Hampshire, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware, District of Columbia and Vermont.

Romney won Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Arkansas, Idaho, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama,  Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Utah, Montana, Georgia, Arizona, South Carolina and West Virginia.

States that were too close to call as of 11:15 p.m. EST: Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina.

‘Last Gasp of 20th-Century Politics?’

Many of the losses the Republican Party experienced this election year is due to changing demographics in the country, said MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, host of “The Daily Rundown,” noting that the GOP is getting “clobbered” when it comes to non-white voters.

“The story of this election is demographics. The Republican Party has not kept up with the changing face of America. That explains what’s going on in Florida, that explains what’s going on in Colorado, that explains, frankly, what’s going on in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s the growth of the Hispanic communities in various places.”

“All of them are becoming core demographic voters,” Todd added. “The Republican Party has some serious soul-searching to do.”

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“This election personifies the cultural transformation of America, which will become increasingly transparent in future elections,” said genConnect expert and media ecologist Jack Myers, author of Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World. “This has been the last gasp of 20th-century politics and a clear message that a future defined by young, Hispanic, female, gay and Black voters is here now. “

Election Day 2021 also saw Democratic gains in the Senate, as well. Before Election Day, there were 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and two Independents, with the Independents caucusing with the Democrats. Hot Senate races took place in Virginia and Massachusetts – where Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren beat incumbent Republican Scott Brown – among other states.

Elizabeth Warren

“Elizabeth Warren is a progressive champion who has dedicated her career to fighting for middle class families,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “This election provided a clear choice between leaders like Warren who want to level the playing field for women and families by expanding economic opportunity, and Republican extremists who would roll back the clock by denying women access to reproductive healthcare and equal pay. …Leaders like Elizabeth Warren will help us end the Republican Party’s extreme, right-wing agenda by supporting policies that benefit women and families.”

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And don’t forget the Senate race in Missouri, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill beat Republican challenger Todd Akin, after Akin’s controversial comments about “legitimate rape.” In the House, pre-election surveys shows the partisan makeup of that chamber is not expected to change drastically, but House Democrats have recently lowered expectations for gains there.

Early exit polls showed the economy is the number one issue on voters’ mind – 60 percent called it the most important issue, reports CNN. Meanwhile, health care is a distant second at 17%, followed by the deficit at 17% and foreign policy at 4%. Twenty-four percent say their family’s financial situation is better today than it was four years ago, while 34% say it’s worse today, and 41% say their financial situation is the same. These early exit polls also show:

  • 29% want a candidate who has a vision for the future and a nearly identical number
  • 28%, want a candidate who shares their values
  • 20% say the top quality they were looking for is whether a candidate cares about people like them
  • 19% want a strong leader

East Coast destruction from Hurricane Sandy

Meanwhile, NBC exit polls say that when it came to Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy:

  • 15% of voters polled nationwide said it was most important factor they considered when casting their vote (70 percent of these voters voted for Obama)
  • 27% said it was important
  • 23% said it was a minor factor
  • 31% said it was not a factor
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