Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Results

[Written 9:40 PM, PST, on Tuesday.]

Okay, so what happened this election day?

I'm not sure. Following elections news is hard, because every station jumps the gun in the rush to be first to figure out who the President is.  So, for example, the news reporters said Obama won California, when only 2% of the ballots in California had been counted.  That's highly inaccurate and offensive to the name of journalism.

If the news people are right in their guesses...Romney got more votes, but Obama won overall, because he got Ohio.  That's what the news people are saying; Ohio got to pick our next President.  But I'm looking at the map, and I have no idea how Obama won Ohio, because I'm seeing Romney outnumbering him at least three to one.

Hmmm...you know what? I'm going to sleep now. Maybe when I wake up tomorrow, the vote tallies will be more complete.  As of now, North Carolina is the only state that has counted all its ballots.  That makes it too early to know for sure, but I'm guessing the news folks are right about four more years for Obama.

16 comments:

Athena said...

Speaking purely in terms of Ohio, Romney did not win the popular vote for the state of Ohio. He won more counties, but that doesn’t mean he won more votes. Judging by the map, Romney won the small towns (where the least amount of the population is) and Obama won the big cities. Obama won Franklin, Montgomery, Cuyahoga and Hamilton County. These places have populations in the hundreds of thousands (these counties are bordering on half a million and Cuyahoga already has over half a million people), while Romney won counties where the population, on average, barely cracks twenty thousand (I think the highest country he won has a population in the seventy thousands.) So, in summary, Romney won more counties, but the counties that Obama are DENSLY populated and Obama's few counties outnumbered Romney’s many, by 30,000.

Athena said...

To continue, the reason that they called California with only 2% of the votes is because of the same reason as Ohio: Obama won the big counties. Once you win the counties of San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Sana Clara just to name a few, it’s all over. Romney won plenty of small counties, but to be frank, population is power. Plus, California is a blue state. It wasn’t always like that, but California has given no indication in recent local elections that it was ready to turn red again. The Electoral College would be committing career suicide if they didn’t vote Democratic, so calling the state will only 2% of the vote (mostly likely that 2% came from some of the counties I listed above), makes sense.

Finally, Romney did not win the popular vote for the country. Again, population is power and the big counties, the ones you have to win (you can loss 90% of the small counties and still win a state with 4-5 big counties), just didn’t vote for Romney.

Anonymous said...

I am in mourning for our country today. Sad. I have lost my smile. I hope I get it back watching your videos. They are a temporary escape from reality.

Miriam said...

I ate my sorrow in ice cream last night when I heard the news. Plus gay marriage and marijuana are legalized in my state now... :/ Watching your videos will cheer me up, though.

Justice said...

I can count on one hand the times I've felt as hopeless as I feel today...not only because of the election, but because of the other things Miriam mentioned, too. I'm with Anonymous - I think I'll go escape from reality now...

Anonymous said...

were in Gods control and thats all what we can do

Nautilus said...

I guess I'll wave my little flag of yay over here by myself. :> Dose of positivity, ho!

And yay for Puerto Rico maybe leaning towards becoming the 51st state. That's pretty cool!

rocksrollsrules said...

Your not alone, Nautilus. Apparently being "in Gods control" doesn't included those who happen to love someone who belongs to the same sex as they do...

I wonder how all the anti gay rights people would feel about it if they were gay and couldn't marry the person they love?

I don't know how you feel about this arglefumph, and I'm truly not trying to offend anyone here. I'm just saying that it's a good policy to walk in someone else's shoes beforehand, you know?

Emma said...

I'm so happy :) Love Obama! I care much more about social than economic policy because it deals closest with actual people and their rights--and Obama's is way more inclusive and respectful than his opponents'.

Emma said...

@Nautilus and @rocksrollsrules I agree!

Future HeR Animator said...

*sigh* So sad on where this country is headed. I don't mean to offend anyone. But I agree with a few others on here, I'm hoping your videos will cheer me up:)

Anonymous said...

I am elated to know that someone who inspires so many people in the usa and other countries is once again our president. Hopefully things get even better these 4 years around.

Balin said...

Here's my thoughts on the whole gay marriage issue:

Morally, I am against it. The Bible teaches that homosexuality is wrong, and I cannot morally support something I believe is wrong.

However, politically, I am for it. There is no political reason why gays should not be able to marry, nor anything in the Constitution preventing it. I do think the best option is to let states continue to decide gay marriage rules, as it is the states that have always controlled marriage laws.

Anonymous said...

I am afraid of where this country is headed. And even more, where Catholics are headed. This man is so pro-choice, and obviously very anti Catholic (HHS Mandate) I am sure we will be persecuted strongly. All Christians need to pray.

Anonymous said...

Balin, you cannot be politically for something, and morally against it. If it is immoral, IT IS IMMORAL IN ALL CASES. Your religous veiws should be expressed in your political veiws. Marriage is between one man and one woman. That is how we were made. To go against that is to go against nature.

rocksrollsrules said...

@Balin(and really everyone else) I commend you. You have recognized the distinction that HAS to be made between politics and religion. This HAS to be recognized and maintained because not everyone has the same religious view, but everyone has to be treated fairly. Obama is not anti-Christian, he is for everyone having the same rights, including the right to an opinion. There is a difference. This is why there is a separation of church and state. The world needs more people with this kind of approach.