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November 7, 2012

Victory! Voters Re-Elect Obama And Soundly Reject GOP

Voters reject GOP and Willard Mitt Romney.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected to a historic second term today. 

Record numbers of voters in minority communities made their voices heard, and the President cobbled together a winning coalition of support that included the LGBT community, as well as women, and large numbers of Latino and African American voters.

While the popular vote was close, just as opinion polls predicted, the President had a clear advantage in the contest for Electoral College votes. With only one state not reporting a winner at the time of writing this (surprise surprise it’s Florida with 29 Electoral votes), the Obama/Biden ticket has tallied 303 Electoral votes (56%) and the Romney/Ryan team has 206 (38%) Electoral votes.

Election 2012 will be remembered as a bitterly fought divisive race, where voters never fully embraced the Republican challenger.

Willard Mitt Romney promised to abolish the Affordable Care Act and vowed to cut every federal corporate and individual tax. He pledged support for a two trillion dollar increase in defense spending, was in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, and he wanted to codify discrimination in the US Constitution with his support of an amendment to ban marriage equality. The majority of voters clearly rejected Romney’s extremist views.

US Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) appears to be the first out lesbian elected to the US Senate. Marriage equality measures look like they are headed to victory in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. There were many LGBT candidates elected to local, state, and federal office - so there’s much to cheer about today.

It’s incredible that support for equality has finally translated to some phenomenal victories at the ballot box.


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