Election results: 2012

Presidential Election

Democrats and Republicans have been on the edge of their seats for the past year, awaiting the big decision that was officially made yesterday, but now it is all over.

Barack Obama will remain the president of the United States of America until 2016, when his next term will be over.

According to google.com, President Obama won both the popular vote, 51 to 48 percent, and the electoral vote, 332-306, against former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

According to Politico.com, the most important swings states of 2012 were Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.

Of those, Obama won North Carolina, which Romney won 50.6 to 48.4 percent.

Despite the hard campaigning and fierce competition between the two candidates, good feelings still preside. Many sources confirm that Romney had called and congratulated Obama before giving his concession speech.

“I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady, and their daughters,” Romney said during his concession speech.

According to CNN.com, Obama also made sure to honor his previous competitor during his victory speech: “From George to Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family has chosen to give back to America through public service and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight.”

Other Elections

Although most attention falls on the presidential election, many other important political decisions were made on Tuesday, especially for Michigan. According to The Washington Post, Democrat Debbie Stabenow won reelection her seat in the Senate against her Republican competitor Pete Hoekstra.

mLive.com reports that Republican Fred Upton won his spot in the House of Representatives, defeating his Democratic opponent, Mike O’ Brien, 57 to 40 percent.

According to Wood TV 8, all six Michigan proposals were voted down. Proposal 1 lost 52 to 48 percent, and came the closets to passing. Proposal 2 lost, 58 to 42 percent; Proposal 3 lost, 63 to 37; Proposal 4 was defeated 57 to 43;  Proposal 5 was crushed 69 to 31; and Proposal 6 was also soundly beaten 60 to 40 percent.

Outside of the mitten’s borders, many other crucial decisions were made on Tuesday. According to the Huffington Post, Maine, Maryland, and Washington have all lifted the ban on gay marriage.

Both Colorado and Washington legalized the “recreational” usage of marijuana, as reported by CNN.com, which will challenge the federal government’s DEA Controlled Substances Act.

America’s Future

With so many changes and new ideas, what’s in store for America’s future?

According to Politico.com, Obama plans to spend his second term focusing on restoring the economy, especially the middle class.

Governor Romney is not planning to run for president again, but according to the Huffington Post, he is planning to spend some time with family. Paul Ryan will take his seat in the House once again, and plans to continue as the Budget Committee chairman, according to boston.com.

Now that the country has elected its leaders for the next few years, it is time for its citizens to move forward and continue striving to make our great country even greater.


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