Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:16 pm
The much-hyped battle for the battleground states turned into more of a rout on Election Day, as President Obama swept through eight key states and looked on course to capture Florida.
Swing states — Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado, New Hampshire — viewed as tossups a day before the voting fell without much fight into the blue column. Only North Carolina went for Romney.
The voting is over, ballots have been cast, and even though all the results may not be in--Florida has spoken. Many voters voiced their frustration with the long lines and are demanding to know: why did the state shorten early voting and what went wrong on election night? President Obama won this election, but the biggest news in Florida is the state's continued troubles with administering an election.
Obama has become only the third U.S. president to win re-election by a narrower margin than his first victory. Having won a second term, Obama will seek to set the nation's agenda on issues ranging from taxes to immigration, but he may continue to struggle in selling his ideas to Congress.
Winning matters. Having earned a second term, President Obama will attempt to build on and expand the agenda from his first, launching new initiatives on tax policy, education and immigration.
But having won the popular vote by a bare majority — and still facing a divided Congress — Obama may find it difficult to gather momentum for his policies.
Despite the close result in the popular vote nationwide, Obama wasted no time claiming vindication for his ideas. In his victory speech early Wednesday in Chicago, he tied his re-election to two centuries of American progress.
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:10 pm
Imagine a ballot Tuesday that confronted you not with a choice between candidates named OBAMA and ROMNEY, but that looked more like this:
How much do you support the REPUBLICAN?
Pick only one.
More than that ____
For much of Election Day, that was what viewers encountered in watching Fox News' coverage. President Obama was, in the words of Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy at the outset of the day, a guy who "promised hope and change — a lot of stuff — and he didn't deliver."
South Floridians were still in lines voting on Tuesday evening when Barack Obama was re-elected as president of the United States. Many locals expressed disappointment in the leadership of Miami-Dade's office of elections, especially after the incident that occurred last Sunday, when the Elections Department Headquarters in the City of Doral shut down for an hour and tried to turn 200 voters away from the poll.
Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.
"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president.
For those of you who prefer to watch election results outside of your home, perhaps surrounded by like-minded people (or not), we've compiled a list of local debate parties, as well as restaurants and bars that plan on showing election coverage tonight.
While many waited for hours to vote today in Miami-Dade, for some, voting was breeze in parts of Broward. Wait times of an hour or more had evaporated to virtually nothing by lunchtime, when Constance Ann-Getchoff arrived to vote, happy that she had waited until election day, and didn't stand in line toearly vote. "When I saw the lines, I'm glad I didn't.