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2012 U.S. Presidential Election Results
Matthew Greenon 14 February 2013
Transcript of 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Results
term as president Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in 2 States Voters Ease Marijuana Laws in 2 States,
but Legal Questions Remain The Speeches Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, even though the drug is still considered illegal by the federal government. A similar measure failed in Oregon.
Medical marijuana was also legalized in Massachusetts, underscoring a public opinion shift towards more permissive drug policies. In Maine and Maryland voters, not judges or legislators, legalized gay marriage.
In Minnesota, voters defeated an anti-gay marriage measure.
And Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate, who will become the first openly gay senator. Notable
Across the Country Prop. 30: California votes for a temporary tax increase to avoid deep spending cuts to public schools and universities. Prop. 30 will increase personal income tax rates for seven years on Californians earning more than $250,000. It will be implemented retroactively, starting Jan. 1, 2012.
Sales tax will temporarily increase by a quarter of a cent for four years, starting in 2013.
The tax increases are expected to raise roughly $6 billion annually. CONTROL OF HOUSE CONTROL OF SENATE 233 193 53 45 POPULAR 48% 206 ELECTORIAL VOTE 2012 With its 18 electoral votes, Ohio was a pivotal battleground state. President Obama's bailout of the auto industry seemed to pay off: in the northern part of the state, the auto industry bailout helped drive down the unemployment rate below the national average. This boost was key in helping Obama win a majority in Ohio, overcoming the challenge from the more socially and religiously conservative voters in the southern part of the state , who have been hit hard economically, particularly in the coal industry. Romney had polled ahead of Obama in Virigina for the latter part of the campaign, but that support softened in the days leading up to the election. The fight here - for 13 electoral votes - was between the left-leaning, densely populated northern Virginia suburbs, and the much more conservative rural areas of the state. Ohio Virginia Florida With its 29 electoral votes, Florida was the biggest battleground prize, and the last state to confirm its results (it did so the week after the election). Obama narrowly won the state by less than 100,000 votes. But unlike the 2000 election (Bush v. Gore), he had already gained enough electoral votes by the end of election night to definitely win the presidency, regardless of Florida. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/amendment-64-passes-in-co_n_2079899.html#slide=887878 Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21950703/gay-marriage-rights-ballots-election-2012 Read more: http://blogs.kqed.org/election2012/2012/11/07/gov-browns-proposition-30-passed-by-solid-margin-will-fund-schools/ Produced by K.D. Delany (about 62.6 million votes) (about 59.1 million votes)