November 7, 2012 by bdetienne
From The Burtogram Election Center:
The votes have been cast and the people have spoken. President Barack Obama will reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for for more years. Even without Florida’s pending results (expected to go to the president anyway) Obama won handily 303-206 in the electoral college vote and becomes only the second Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second term.
Coming into the night, Gov. Romney had a tough challenge ahead of him but felt confident that he could become the 45th President of the United States. Despite gaining a lot of ground in the last month of the campaign, polls still indicated a narrow lead for the president. In order for him to defeat Obama, Republican strategists said that Romney had to pull off the 3-2-1 effect. First, he had to win three states that are traditionally red states (Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia). Second, he had to win two states that are traditionally battleground states (Florida and Ohio). Finally, he had to win one of the remaining states that were a battleground this year (Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Nevada). Romney took Indiana and North Carolina, but his path started narrowing quite a bit as New Hampshire and Wisconsin went to the president. Ohio and Virginia were too close to call for several hours before President Obama was declared the winner of both of those states and the race was over.
President Obama and his team can celebrate the win tonight but they have a difficult road ahead of them. The national debt has ballooned to over $16 trillion; the economy is still lagging; unemployment is around 8%; and he can’t ignore that 57 million people felt that another person could have done a better job than him. In addition, his fellow Democrats have retained a majority in the Senate but the Republicans have the higher number in the House of Representatives, meaning legislation from either side of Congress will have difficulty getting passed into law.
The Burtogram HQ staff congratulate President Obama on his win and wish him the best of luck in governing over the next four years over the United States.