And The Winner Is…

…with (for now) 303 Electoral Votes:  President Barack Obama. 

Once Florida stops “pulling a Florida,” it is likely the final tally for President Obama will be 332 Electoral College votes.

The 2012 Election season, with the exception of Florida (it was a nice 12 year run without voting issues for us), is over.  While the race was basically declared for Obama around 11:15 last night, Mitt Romney did not concede until close to 1 this morning.  He was contesting the reported results from Ohio, which is the state that finally put President Obama over the magic number of 270.  Mr. Romney gave a gracious and classy concession speech when it was all said and done early this morning.

I did a quick comparison of Nate Silver’s projections from his last forecast yesterday to the actual results.  If Florida, as expected, goes to President Obama, Mr. Silver will have correctly predicted how every state would fall, and he was pretty close on the percentages for each as well.

Mr. Obama also stands to win the popular vote, although the significance of winning it is minimal based off our Electoral College system being in place.  I saw a lot of posts on Facebook and tweets where people were “outraged” that Romney had won the popular vote but was not the winner.  These people got a little ahead of themselves declaring Romney the winner of the popular vote, so their outrage was unwarranted.  Also, they showed, in their posts and tweets, that they have little to no understanding of how our elections work.  If this sounds familiar from this site, it is because I wrote about it recently, but we do not vote directly for President.  We vote for electors to the Electoral College, who in turn cast their vote for President.  The two are closely related but can be mutually exclusive, although it is rare for a designated elector to switch their vote.

The electorate of our country spoke volumes about what is expected of our politicians last night.  The House of Representatives remained in Republican hands, and the Senate remained in the hands of the Democrats.  The results of the 2008, 2010, and 2012 elections are similar in nature to the 1992, 1994, and 1996 cycles; in both 1992 and 2008, a Democrat was elected President, only to see the following mid-term election (1994 and 2010) usher Republicans into Congress in a large number, then the President win re-election to a 2nd term.  Like the 1996 election, we are telling our politicians that we want them to be bigger than their partisan bickering.  In dividing the chambers, we are telling them that they must work together for the betterment of our country.  I hope that they respond like they did after the 1996 election and work together.  If you don’t remember, President Clinton left office with a budget surplus and our national debt was manageable.

The 2012 election was big for other reasons as well.  Wisconsin voted into office the first openly LGBT member of Senate, Tammy Baldwin.  Three states, Maine, Maryland, and Washington voted in favor of same-sex marriage initiatives that appeared on the ballot, a huge step for marriage equality.  Women’s reproductive rights were also a winner last night with the re-election of President Obama.  Over the course of the next four years, it is believed that there will be 1-3 vacancies to fill on the Supreme Court, and it is a safe bet that President Obama will appoint justices to the Court who are in favor of keeping women’s reproductive rights in tact.  Voters in Indiana and Missouri spoke loud and clear when they voted against Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin, respectively.  Mourdock and Akin are the twin idiots who, between them, wanted to define rape as “legitimate” or not, and who said that a pregnancy as a result of rape must be “God’s will.”  I hope they enjoy not representing their respective states.

Here in Florida, two crucial (in my eyes) proposed amendments failed.  Amendment 1 would have allowed our state to not implement the Affordable Care Act and its provisions.  Amendment 6 would have scaled back abortion rights and limited access to only certain, pre-approved exceptions.

I am sure the Republicans will start forming their circular firing squad to assign blame.  It was not Chris Christie’s fault, it was not Hurricane Sandy’s fault.  President Obama earned the votes of those who voted for him, and earned the win.

The electorate has spoken, and our government has their directive.  They need to work together to move this country forward (it is more than a campaign slogan). 

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