WINNERS -Twitter: Social media network enabled average Americans to take part in the campaign in real time — as long as they kept it under 140 characters at a time. Latino-Americans: Helped to propel Obama to victory. Republicans ignore this growing demographic group at their own peril. Chris Christie: New Jersey governor’s bromance with President Obama rankled Republicans but Americans love bipartisanship. Christie in 2016? Paul Ryan: Firebrand Republican made Mitt Romney competitive in Wisconsin and performed credibly in debate. Ryan in 2016? Bill Clinton: The Big Dog was Democrats’ best weapon, burnishing his legacy —
Michigan voters pulled the plug on a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required Michigan's utilities to provide 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. With most precincts reporting, 63 percent of voters opposed the measure.(snip)Proposal 3 represented a doubling-down on renewable energy after state legislators voted in 2008 to reach a 15 percent standard by 2015. Those backing the ballot measure claimed the new standard would not only accelerate Michigan's move away from environmentally-damaging fossil fuels, but create jobs and investment from the construction and maintenance of wind turbines.
All though the months leading up to the election, conservative pundits carped over the fact that polls supposedly oversampled Democrats. This argument accounted for President Obama’s small but persistent advantage in the polls. “Unskew” the polls to make them less weighted towards the Democrats, the conservatives said, and Obama’s edge vanishes. Turnout cannot be as pro-Democrat in 2012 as it was in 2008, they argued. Well, now we know that they were wrong. The polls have run almost exactly along with the election results. It turns out they were sampling so many more Democrats …
In the end, the election was all about the economy just not in the way Mitt Romney had expected. President Obama won reelection Tuesday in large measure because growing numbers of Americans believe the economy is improving, exit polls showed.Romney made the weak economic recovery a foundation of his campaign and about six in 10 voters called the economy their No. 1 concern. But more voters said former President George W. Bush was to blame for the current conditions rather than Obama. And only three in 10 voters said things were getting worse,
The Donald has always been outspoken where President Obama is concerned, riding him on everything from his college records to his birth certificate. And this Election Day was no different. Moments after the president’s victory was projected by several news outlets last night, Donald Trump took to Twitter to voice his outrage, demanding a ‘revolution.’ He also said that the Democrat’s re-election to office was a ‘great and disgusting injustice.’ NBC's Brian Williams read some of Trump's tweets on the air last night, while claiming he did so reluctantly, as he declared that the TV
Many observers, especially Obama-cheering observers here in the UK, will look upon Obama’s victory as a win for the little man over the big corporate interests that lined up behind Mitt Romney.[Snip] So Obama’s main source of funding was not donations from millions of Joe Averages but handouts from “the tech sector, government and the academy”--his top five funders were “the University of California, Microsoft, Google, the US government, and Harvard”. Executives at Craigslist, Facebook and Google gave maximum donations to Obama’s campaign. As Kotkin points out, these people make their fortunes “not through tangible goods
Diane Sawyer was the toast of ABC last night. The question -- was she toasted? A wacky Sawyer, slurring her words and rambling on about nothing, spoke haltingly as she tried to navigate the election returns. Lots of viewers turned off their TV sets wondering if Sawyer was anchoring with a .12 blood alcohol level -- i.e., she seemed really drunk. One thing's for sure ... Something very different was going on with her as she clumsily threw to reporters in the field. Headline split by staff
Eugene Debs once said that he would not want to be considered by his fellow socialists their leader, for if they trusted him “to lead them into the promised land, then someone else can lead them out.” Last night this type of leader-worship won. Obama the Messiah, Hail Obama (as one boy joyously proclaimed at a rally), the political figure that Woody Allen believed should assume dictatorial powers won because of robotic leader worship. Obama already has delusions of Godhood, and he will not doubt regard this victory as a mandate from “his” people. Conservatives might be
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks opened sharply lower Wednesday following the re-election of President Obama. In morning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 200 points, or 1.7%. Investors' initial reaction is decidedly negative over the defeat of the more business-friendly Mitt Romney and the continued gridlock in Congress that will make it tough for lawmakers to avert a fiscal policy crisis by year-end. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Nasdaq composite index were down more than 1.6 % or more in morning trading, and stocks in nearly every industry were heading lower.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared on Fox News Channel on election night where he slammed the Republican party for doing what he considers a “pathetic job” of reaching out to minority voters. “What do you make of the racial divide we are seeing in vote totals,” Megyn Kelly asked. “I don’t see it as all that shocking. I mean, typically, people of color tend to vote Democratic anyway,” Huckabee began. “I think Republicans have done a pathetic job of reaching out to people of color – something we have to work on,” Huckabee continued.
Lansing — Michigan voters rejected a controversial measure to enshrine collective bargaining in the state Constitution. The union-backed measure mustered only 42 percent support with most precincts reporting. Voter approval would have made Michigan the first state in the nation with such a constitutional guarantee of collective bargaining rights. The proposed amendment known as Proposal 2 would have prohibited the Legislature from approving any new laws to restrict collective bargaining. Proposals 3-6 — dealing with alternative energy, home health care, tax increase safeguards and bridge voting requirements — also failed.
Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The outcomes for those ballot measures Tuesday were a milestone for persistent but often thwarted advocacy groups and activists who for decades have pressed the causes of gay rights and drug decriminalization. "Today the state of Washington looked at 70 years of marijuana prohibition and said it's time for a new approach," said Alison Holcomb,
LONDON- He won, and the word "phew" trended worldwide on Twitter. Despite a hard-fought campaign in the United States, there was never any contest overseas. Gone are the days when President Barack Obama was seen as a youthful, messianic figure capable of magically curing the world's woes. But he remains widely popular, and his triumph reassured many who feared an abrupt change in U.S. policy could spell trouble. Even Tom McGrath, president of Republicans Abroad France, conceded: "It's clear that if they could vote, Europe would vote 80 percent for Obama." Part of the reason is continuity.
WASHINGTON - Republicans recaptured control of the House early Wednesday, besting Democrats in a billion-dollar battle and ensuring that the chamber will be dominated by their conservative agenda. Reacting to President Barack Obama's re-election, House Speaker John Boehner said voters want both parties to find common ground on repairing the economy. By early Wednesday in the East, Democrats had knocked off 12 GOP House members -- including 10 members of the huge tea party-backed House GOP freshman class of 2010. Republican losers included four incumbents
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Ricans faced a fundamental question on Election Day: Should they change their ties with the United States? Citizens in the U.S. island territory cannot vote in the U.S. presidential election, but many were excited to participate in a referendum on whether to push the territory toward statehood, greater autonomy or independence. Car horns blared and party flags waved after polling stations closed following what election officials said was a high voter turnout. During the day, many voters carried umbrellas against the blistering tropical sun as temperatures neared 90 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius). Headline split by staff
Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp, in congratulating President Obama on his re-election, said he expects the president and the 113th Congress to make "global climate change" a top priority: "We look forward to working with them to solve our country’s most pressing environmental problems, including global climate change. As the President declared last night, ‘We want our children to live in an America ... that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.’" Krupp said exit polls show that "for millions of American voters," Hurricane Sandy and climate change "were decisive factors in this election."
Inside the ballroom in the Boston conference centre where Romney gave his perfunctory concession speech last night, his supporters were stunned by the scale of his defeat when just hours earlier they were confident of success or at least a nail-biting finish. But hindsight will probably view Mitt Romney a poor presidential candidate who appeared to have no core values, was selected only reluctantly by his own party and campaigned as if the whole experience was deeply uncomfortable for him. He made plenty of mistakes but his biggest failing was that even after running for the White House
Jesse Jackson Jr. won re-election to Illinois' 2nd Congressional district by a landslide Tuesday night, beating his two opponents, Marcus Lewis and Brian Woodwoorth."My deep and sincere thanks to the people of the 2nd Congressional District, I am humbled and moved by the support shown today," Jackson said in a written statement. "Everyday, I think about your needs and concerns. Once the Doctors approve my return to work, I will continue to be the progressive fighter you have known for years.
A group fighting against illegal immigration has filed a series of formal complaints with federal, state, and local agencies following a report by the Las Vegas Journal Review that uncovered a number of cases of illegal immigrants voting in this election. Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee (ALIPAC) filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Committee (FEC), the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office, and the Clark County Board of Elections. In their complaint, ALIPAC charges that numerous illegal immigrants and non-citizens are registering and
Taking a sentimental approach, President Obama's staff posted a photograph of a young Barack and Michelle looking loved-up to Facebook this morning, as Americans ventured out to cast their vote. The sepia image, which appears on Michelle Obama's official page, is accompanied by a caption reading: 'She voted for him for the same reason she married him - his character. Cast your ballot for President Obama today.' Deen Freelon, a professor at the American University in D.C., who has been analyzing both presidential candidates' Facebook pages during the campaign trail, revealed that the top five most-liked posts
In this election the Republican Party ran two wholly inoffensive blue state Republicans on a platform of jobs at a time when the economy was everyone’s chief concern and the incumbent had absolutely failed to fix the economy. And they lost. The Monday — or Wednesday — morning quarterbacks will have a fine time debating what Mitt Romney should have done differently. The red Republicans will say that he should have been more aggressive and should have hit Obama on Benghazi. The blue Republicans will blame a lack of outreach to Latinos.
Southern Arizona could be in for a headline-grabbing upset if uncounted votes deliver victory to an upstart Republican over the handpicked successor to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. GOP candidate Martha McSally, in a move either audacious or foolhardy, has called a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to comment on the results of her race against Democratic U.S. Rep Ron Barber. McSally’s campaign projects a win in the race for Congressional District 2, which includes Tucson and all of Cochise County.
In their gloating over Obama's victory, members of the left are letting the mask slip. Chris Matthews, already notorious for his over the top enthusiasms for Obama, and vitriolic rhetoric toward conservatives, has actually reveled in the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. For the left, you can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs. The Bolsheviks, too, were quite willing to let the people of Russia suffer, in pursuit of their utopia,
Republican congressman from Florida Allen West last night lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy in one of the closest and most brutal races in the nation. Despite out-raising Murphy nearly 5-to-1 and running an overwhelmingly negative campaign targeting his opponent, West fell short by about 2,500 votes, with 99 per cent of Florida's 18th District reporting. ‘I am humbled by the outpouring of support from the voters of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches,’ Murphy said in a statement declaring victory.