I watched the election coverage last night on a host of networks. CNN. MSNBC. FOX. CBS. NBC. ABC. NY1. Each station had vastly different numbers coming out depending on what time you turned them on. But it really didn’t matter what you were watching because the results were the same.
Barack Obama won re-election as President of the United States of America.
Initially after the call was made, earliest on MSNBC at 11:16 pm eastern time, it was much noted, first on twitter and then on the networks that He had won without a plurality. It was later on in the night when the popular vote turned and the right lost their talking point, and the President took the lead in the popular vote as well. At this point what was a nearly 1 million vote advantage for Mitt Romney at 11 pm last night is now an Obama 2.6 million vote lead.
There was some anger from the right, asking questions like “How could Obama be our President if he didn’t get the majority of the popular vote?” After Fox called the election when they said Ohio was won by President Obama, it was much commented on that Karl Rove was trying to get the network to back off of the call for Ohio and the Obama winning the White House, and commented on the popular vote lead for Romney at that particular moment. They didn’t of course, and President Obama won enough electoral votes to win even if someone somehow took Ohio from him.
Talk on MSNBC in justifying their calling Ohio for President Obaba was that the counties that are normally “blue” had a great deal more voters in them than the “red” ones. Cuyahoga county was mentioned most. At the time of the call it was noted that the President had won the county by 80,000 or so votes but that there were 200,000 votes that were in all likelihood not yet counted. The votes are now counted and the win in Cuyahoga was a whopping 236,000 vote margin. The President only won 17 of the 88 counties in the state, but he won all the population centers.
You could say the same thing for the rest of the country, but only to a certain extent. It is only a generalization, and I haven’t looked at all of the states, but from the looks at state results all the states I have looked at, in a county by county basis that the smaller the population of the county, the larger the margin of Victory for Mitt Romney, and the larger the population, the more complete the victory for Barack Obama.
There were exceptions, of course. There were small county wins for the President in Texas, and Georgia and a few other spots in the deep south, and there are places like Hamilton County in Indiana where three of the states 20 largest cities are, and Lexington County in South Carolina, a suburb of Columbia S.C., where Romney won handily.
It was a fun night for those who voted for Obama. The lone real dark cloud for the general populace on the left is that the GOP will retain control of the House.
Other big wins?
Women: Right wing “rape babies” candidates like Mourdock and Akin were swept aside by the populace. There are now more women in the Senate, thanks to upset victories by Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin along with the victories by all the incumbent democratic women who won their seats back for 6 more years.
Nate Silver: He got every single prediction he made about this election correct, after getting 49 of 50 in 2008. Nate is the man.
Twitter: There was a huge flurry of activity there, and much of the news that was reported by the MSM was reported there first, usually by enough time where it was old news by the time it got broadcast on television. It was also there that the President first made public notice of his victory, acknowledging the victory and thanking those who voted for him a good 2 hours before he gave his acceptance speech.
Stoners: Dude, Pot is legal in Colorado and Washington state. Just remember that it is still a federal offense to have pot on you. The DOJ is gonna have its hands full figuring this one out. There’s gonna be a showdown between local and federal authorities on this, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this went to the SCOTUS. Even when stoners win things are rough. You can smoke in those states, but don’t let the feds catch you, or that’s your ass. Just saying.
Homosexuals: Gay marriage was passed in the states of Maine and Maryland, making them the seventh and eight states to pass same sex marriage. Minnesota defeated a measure that would have banned same sex marriage. Apparently America is, or at least parts of it are, in the mood for big gay love.
It was a fun night.
That’s it from here, America. G’night.