Obama Wins Reelection

CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 06: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his victory speech after being reelected for a second term at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images / 2012 Getty Images

President Barack Obama won reelection Tuesday over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with an electoral vote of 332 to 206.

He also won the popular vote 50 to 48 percent respectively.

Political pundits predicted a close election, but the final electoral count failed to emphasize how close the race seemed.

Only one state was won by more than 3 percent of the vote in any of the country’s nine “swing states”, and the swing states accounted for 110 of the electoral votes.

Of the swing states, Romney only won North Carolina, earning him 15 electoral votes.

Congressman Poe and Governor Mitt Romney

Congressman Poe and Governor Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meanwhile, Obama won in the swing states of Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, for a total of 66.

Florida and it’s 29 precious points proved insignificant and their final tally wasn’t even final until a day after Obama had won the race.

During the election, 33 Senate seats were contested and the democrats maintained control of the senate with 53 seats to the Republicans’ 45 seats.

However, the Republicans did retained the House of Representatives, with 233 seats to the Democrats 192.

Many at Avalon expressed disappointment in the election results, despite their expectation Obama would win.

“I don’t think [Romney] was the strongest leader the Republican party could have put up, but I felt he was able to get bipartisan work done,” said senior Max Kiley, a registered Republican.

Gustavo Gilardi, an Avalon teacher from Peru who also owns a landscaping business, felt the reason the Hispanic vote leaned in Obama’s favor was because some misunderstood things Romney said. Gilardi said Hispanics were steered to think Romney did not care about half of the population, when he really meant that half of the population did not need help.

Other believe the election was more important as a step toward third party candidates becoming contenders in national elections.

“I am much more enthused about the results of various ballot measures across the nation than the general election,” said Alex Majane, an Avalon alumni attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

English: Cropped version of File:Official port...

English: Cropped version of File:Official portrait of Barack Obama.jpg. The image was cropped at a 3:4 portrait ratio, it was slightly sharpened and the contrast and colors were auto-adjusted in photoshop. This crop, in contrast to the original image, centers the image on Obama’s face and also removes the flag that takes away the focus from the portrait subject. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Still, one independent voter said the election was a serious step in the wrong direction.

“I’m very disappointed in the direction our country decided to take,” said senior John Klein.  “I don’t think having a leader with socialist ideas is going to help us with this economic mess.”

Other election news included Puerto Rico narrowly being elected to become the 51st state but Congress must still vote to allow the territory to become a state.

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