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Barack Obama Re-Elected President of the United States

November 7, 2012

Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

As of midnight (PT) tonight, Obama has secured 303 electoral votes while Romney has 206. The state of Florida is still close to call.

Obama appears as if he will also win the popular vote as well, with a nearly 2 million vote lead and 50% of the overall vote, compared to Romney’s 48%.

John McCain Concedes Defeat to Barack Obama

November 5, 2008

In a poignant concession speech to his followers in Arizona, Republican Senator John McCain has conceded the 2008 Presidential election to his opponent, Democrat Barack Obama.


Barack Obama, a 47-year-old first-term senator from Illinois, shattered more than 200 years of history Tuesday night by winning election as the first African-American president in the history of the United States, according to projections by NBC News.

Obama reached the 270 electoral votes he needed for election at 11 p.m. ET, when NBC News projected that he would win California, Washington and Oregon. The Associated Press reported shortly after 11 p.m. that Obama’s opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, had called Obama to offer his congratulations.

Campaigning as a technocratic agent of change in Washington pathbreaking civil rights figure, Obama swept to victory over McCain , whose running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was seeking to become the nation’s first female vice president.

From CNN:

Sen. John McCain on Tuesday urged all Americans to join him in congratulating Sen. Barack Obama on his projected victory in the presidential election.

“I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face,” McCain said before his supporters in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much, and tonight, I remain her servant,” he said.

McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, was standing with him, but she did not speak.

McCain called Obama to congratulate him, Obama’s campaign said.

Obama thanked McCain for his graciousness and said he had waged a tough race.

President Bush also called Obama to congratulate him.

With his projected win, Obama will become the nation’s 44th president and its first African-American leader.

Barack Obama Wins Key State of Ohio

November 5, 2008

This is a MAJOR blow to the McCain campaign. MSNBC has projected Barack Obama as the winner tonight in the battleground state of Ohio.


Ohio was an especially important bellwether.

President Bush won Ohio in 2004, meaning Obama was able to flip a big Republican state even as McCain failed in his quest to turn over Pennsylvania, which Democratic Sen. John Kerry took four years ago.

Barack Obama Wins New York, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Michigan and Wisconsin

November 5, 2008

CNN has projected Barack Obama as the winner in New York, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Michigan and Wisconsin. John McCain has won North Dakota and Wyoming.

From CNN:

CNN projects that Sen. Barack Obama will pick up five more states and Sen. John McCain will win three.

Obama is projected to pick up Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. McCain will pick up Alabama, North Dakota and Wyoming, CNN projects.

Polls are also closed in the key states of Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, but the races there are too close to call.

Obama currently has 174 electoral votes and McCain has 49.

CNN earlier projected that Obama will win Pennsylvania, a state that McCain campaigned in heavily in the final weeks before the election.

McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, visited the state 10 times in recent weeks as they tried to turn the blue state red.

Obama’s projected wins include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington.

Voting Maching Breakdowns, Problems Reported in Key States

November 4, 2008

Voters are already running into problems casting ballots this morning in scattered locations around the country including Florida, Ohio and Virginia, three of the most important states in the 2008 Presidential Election.

From CNN:

People called the CNN Voter Hotline to report irregularities at their precincts, including late poll openings, long lines, and broken or not enough voting machines.

Other callers reported brisk and efficient voting as millions across the United States cast their ballots in the presidential race as well as many House and Senate contests.

In Kansas City, Missouri, iReport contributor Jessie Sargent said she had been waiting in line for three hours because precincts had received the wrong voter registration lists.

“I was there at 5 a.m. and was eighth in line,” Sargent said. “I got up to the table, and they realized they had the wrong books. After swapping books, they [thought] that they still had the wrong books but later figured that the pages were in the wrong order.

“There have been quite a few people leaving because of work and school, and they have no provisional ballots or books to sign in to.”

In Shaker Heights, Ohio, just outside Cleveland, the first few voters at one precinct received ballots that were missing the presidential race.

“The first four voters [at that location] were given the wrong ballots. Those ballots were voided, and the four voters were given the correct ballots,” said Kimberly Bartlett, a spokeswoman for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Voting machine malfunctions and other problems were exacerbating long lines at polling places in several key battlegrounds as voting got underway on the East Coast and in the Midwest this morning, election monitors reported.

There have already been breakdowns in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, according to reports gathered by the Election Protection Coalition, a cooperative effort by more than dozen voting rights groups.

All three cities were high on the list of expected hot spots where problems were feared.

The coalition, which by 9:30 a.m. EST had received nearly 11,000 reports of problems, has also fielded complaints about polling places not opening on time in Virginia, where long lines have been predicted for weeks.

I Voted Today…Did You?

November 4, 2008

I can say now that I happily casted my vote about 30 minutes ago. This is quite possibly the most important election in our history and I made sure that my voice was heard.

I’m not afraid to say who and what I voted for: Barack Obama for President

I also took part in the vote on California ballot measures:

No on Proposition 2

No on Proposition 4

and No on Proposition 8.

There were many decisions that will have a great impact on this country, and on the State of California this year. I’ve told others, if you don’t vote, don’t complain! I hope everyone out there, no matter who or what you are voting for, gets out and votes. Have your voice heard! Now, it’s time to sit back and wait for the election results.

From Yahoo!:

If Americans cast their ballots in a manner consistent with Monday’s final state poll averages, Obama would win 338 electoral votes, far surpassing the 270 needed to win the presidency. Don’t bank on it though. People may not cast their votes the way the polls predict and that makes this race a lot less of a sure thing than most people are saying.

Here’s a quick recap of what the state poll averages looked like as of Monday night for the big-get states, the swing states and the states that are surprisingly in play.

The Big Three

Pennsylvania: Obama + 7.6
Democrats have carried this state worth 21 electoral votes for the past four elections. But the big story here is that John McCain has significantly closed what was once a double-digit point deficit in the poll average.

Florida: Obama + 1.8
Twenty-seven electoral votes at stake make this an important state to win for McCain. He has been ahead here for the majority of the election season. Obama took the lead at the end of September, but the margin has never been consistent. The last Mason-Dixon poll says it’s too close to call.

Ohio: Obama +3.2
The state that decided it in 2004 gets some of the spotlight again because of its large electoral vote offering (20) and its capacity to swing.  Who wins this state might depend on which voters decide to stick out the wait in the long voting lines.

Toss-up states

Indiana: McCain +1.4
This state will be an early indicator of how the night will play out since its polls close first.  If Obama flips this traditionally red state, the rest of the night looks really bad for McCain. But the most recent polls show McCain ahead.

Virginia: Obama + 4.3
The Virginia polls are one of the biggest stories in this election. If Obama wins this state (and a collection of western states), the 13 electoral votes it offers become Obama’s route to 270 if McCain wins the Big Three.

The Western swing states

Colorado: Obama +5.5
Big crowds and a series of good poll numbers make this state look like one Obama can flip back to blue.  The last time Colorado voted Democratic for a president was in 1992.

Nevada: Obama +6.2
Nevada was red during the Bush years and blue during the Clinton years.  Obama took the lead in polling in early October and has held the lead since.

New Mexico: Obama +7.3
This state has been shockingly close in the last two elections.  Al Gore won in 2000 by less than 1,000 votes.

From CNN:

John McCain and his aides are still banking on a come-from-behind victory Tuesday, but the GOP’s most famous political strategist has already called the race for Barack Obama.

Karl Rove, the man widely credited with engineering President Bush’s two successful White House bids, is predicting the Illinois senator will take the White House in an Electoral College landslide, winning 338 votes to John McCain’s 200. That would be the largest Electoral College victory since 1996, when Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole in a 379-159 rout.