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Below the story: UM-Dearborn students answer the question ‘Who did you vote for and why?’

By LAURA CLARK, News Editor

President Barack Obama was projected the winner of the 2012 presidential election on Tuesday night at 11:12 p.m EST, bringing an end to the race for President between he and Republican opponent Governor Mitt Romney.

Around 9:00 p.m. EST, the state of Michigan went for Obama, followed by New Jersey at 9:15. Although there was some concern about voting on the East Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and other states affected by the Hurricane still showed a significant voter turnout and the states went for the Democratic candidate, as projected.

At 9:20 EST, the state of Pennsylvania, with 20 electoral votes, went for Obama, and marked a turning point in the election. At this point Romney needed a midwestern state like Wisconsin or Ohio, both of which ultimately ended up going blue for Obama.

Although Romney picked up the Republican states of Texas, Arizona, Utah, and Montana, along with several other states he was projected to win, it was not enough for him to claim the presidency. At the time of his projected victory, Obama had 274 electoral votes, with Romney holding 203. 270 electoral votes are required to win the presidency.

Around 11:30 p.m., shortly after he was projected winner of the election, Obama tweeted his supporters. “We’re all in this together,” he tweeted. “That’s how we campaigned and that’s who we are. Thank you.”

By midnight, some states were still not called, but most were projected. Only four were uncalled.

It has also been projected that the Senate will be held by the Democrats, and the House of Representatives will be held by the GOP.

UM-Dearborn held an Election Night Viewing Party on Tuesday evening in the University Center, where students came out to show their support of the candidates.

“As a candidate, Barack Obama protects my interests better in the economic and social scheme than Romney does,” said Wedad Ibrahim, an Obama supporter who showed up at the party.

Governor Romney offered his concession speech at 12:55 a.m. EST. It was followed shortly by Obama’s Presidential acceptance speech.

“Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward,” President Obama said to the nation during his speech. “It moves forward because of you.”

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Who did you vote for and why?

Kent James Douglas: “I voted for Obama but if a third party candidate would’ve been a viable option, I would’ve voted for them. Unfortunately, the two-party system has really impaired the United States and they’ve made it so that they essentially win no matter what. The health care industry and Wall Street are just two examples of the kind of special interests that can’t be voted against.

Gabby Boyer: “I voted for Obama because the only people I want in my vagina are my doctor and my boyfriend.”

Kenny Micek: “I voted for Green Party nominee Jill Stein because Gary Johnson was not on my ballot and I don’t feel Democrats or Republicans really represent how I feel.”

Ryan Neal: “I voted for Romney. I want a Mormon, not a moron!”

Who do you think will win the 2012 presidential election?

  • Barack Obama (52%, 119 Votes)
  • Mitt Romney (44%, 100 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 227