November 6, 2012. US President Barack Obama defeated Republican opponent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a nail-biting race to secure a second term in the White House. In the Electoral College, Obama garnered 332 electoral votes and carried 26 states plus Washington, D.C. (all of which except three he carried in the 2008 elections), while Romney won 206 electoral votes and carried 24 states. In the final popular vote count, Obama defeated Romney, 51.1% to 47.2%. (The remaining 1.7% went to three third-party candidates.)
Romney actually led Obama early into the vote count, but the Democrats’ strategy of targeting vote-rich counties benefited Obama until the final moments. Florida, a historic game-changer back in 2000, had its electoral outcome released only four days after the elections.
Here is how the Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and The Philippine STAR reported Obama’s win on their front pages last November 8.
Some interesting facts about the 2012 US presidential elections (retrieved from Wikipedia):
- Obama was the first Democrat US President since Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in 1936 to be re-elected to a second term,
- the first Democrat since FDR and the first US President since Ronald Reagan to win an absolute majority (over 50%) of the popular vote in two consecutive elections,
- the first US President since FDR to be re-elected with an unemployment rate above 6%,
- and the first to win a second term with fewer popular votes (65 million, 4 million less than in 2008) than in his first term.
- Conversely, the Romney-Paul Ryan Republican ticket was the first major-party ticket since 1972 to lose in their respective home states (in this case, Massachusetts and Michigan, which both went to the Obama-Joe Biden ticket).
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