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Obama wins election

Alea Thorne, Staff Reporter - October 7, 2012

Crowds of Democrats around the nation went wild when the electoral-vote tally confirmed Obama would be serving the nation for the next four years.

Obama won 50 percent of the popular vote to Gov. Mitt Romney’s 48 percent , and won the electoral vote 303-206.

“ I’m happy about the results, said Paulina Spencer, senior dietetics major. “It seemed like a close tie before the electoral votes,”

Students, faculty and professors gathered in the SURC pit Tuesday night, watching anxiously and waiting for the results.

“Whatever happens it’s gonna be different if Romney wins,” said Rebekah Schoonover, BOD political programmer and volunteer coordinator, before the results were clear. “If Obama wins he will currently work on what he’s been working on.”

Cheers rang throughout the pit at about 8:15 p.m. when CBS projected the winner of the election would be Obama.

“For the projection, I’m completely content, it’s still not official though,” said Casey Peterson, junior English education major. “As a student wanting to be a teacher, that is exactly who I am going for.”

Obama won in urban areas with 62 percent of registered voters, in suburban areas with 48 percent, and in rural areas with 39 percent.

Romney took 36 percent of urban voters, 50 percent of suburban voters, and 59 percent of rural voters.

“There’s clearly splits with the rural areas being Republican and the side edges clearly blue, ” said Central President James Gaudino, who stopped by the SURC pit with his wife Katie.

The popular vote among women was Obama with 55 percent and Romney with 44 percent. Men, however voted for Romney with 52 percent and Obama getting 45 percent.

“It’s kind of nice knowing as women we’re going to keep our rights,” Sabrina Shrader, freshman English major, said.

Republicans around the country were not happy about the results.

“It saddens me that America will have to continue to suffer,” said sophomore Eric Turner.

Elizabeth Catterson, freshman elementary education major, said,” Romney wasn’t my favorite, but I agree with more of his economic policies.” She said that’s what determined her vote.

“I’m really worried about the economy in the next four year. It scares me.”

Lizz Stewart, a sophomore double major of primate behavior and ecology and anthropology does not feel the country is economically doomed.

“Our country has been in a rough place for the last few years,” Stewart said. “I’m looking forward to improving our economy. I’m hoping that would improve in the next four years.”

Swing states that had a great impact on Obama’s re-election were Ohio, Virginia and Florida. This demonstrated the importance of voters visiting the polls.

“It’s critical. It’s more than our privilege, its our responsibility,” Gaudino said.
President Obama officially starts his second term in January.

Jac Murray junior political science major said he is glad to see Obama get the chance to finish what he started.

“Its so great to cheer together. He will finally get done what he hasn’t got done before,” Murray said.

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