With election results pouring in and President Obama re-elected to a second term, according to network projections, gay marriage activists are celebrating three, and possibly four victories in their efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine, Minnesota, Maryland and Washington State.
Although results were not in for Washington State at the time of publication, it appears same-sex marriage is set to become legal in Maine, Minnesota and Maryland.
With 37 percent of the precincts in Maine reporting, same-sex marriage is leading by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. In Minnesota, same-sex marriage is leading by a slight 49-47 percent. more >>
President Barack Obama has won re-election, as Republican Mitt Romney made his concession speech just before 1 a.m. ET. Obama won in the key swing state of Ohio, which Romney needed to get if he was to reach the 270 Electoral College votes to win.
Obama's re-election strategy proved too difficult for Romney to overcome. His campaign spent much of their money on ads in important swing states, such as Florida, Virginia, and Ohio over the summer. The ads focused on presenting Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat. Obama campaign strategists believed in early September that the strategy was so successful that the race was essentially over. Obama also argued that he needed another four years to finish the work he started.
Romney presented himself as the "turnaround artist" who could get the economy going again and create jobs by running on his experience as a successful businessman, governor of Massachusetts, and his leadership of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Romney also argued that Obama is a failed leader due to the sluggish economy. Obama was too partisan and focused on passing liberal legislation instead of helping the economy, he claimed. more >>
On Monday, Mitt Romney began his day by addressing a few thousand voters in an airport hangar just north of Orlando. By the end of a busy day that included five stops, the former Massachusetts governor soaked up applause from the 12,000-plus who gathered to hear him where his campaign began.
As he composed himself after a two-minute ovation, Romney thanked the New Hampshire crowd, telling them he could not have secured the nomination without their help.
"This is where our campaign began. You got this campaign started," said Romney. "Your primary vote put me on the path to win the Republican nomination, and tomorrow your votes and your work her in New Hampshire will help me become the next president of the United States." more >>
If President Barack Obama wins reelection Tuesday, he will likely do so without a majority of support from voters with a college degree -- a segment of the electorate that he won in 2008.
In 2008, Obama won college graduates by two percentage points, 50 to 48 percent, over John McCain. Two recent polls, though, show Obama losing that demographic by wide margins.
A Gallup poll of 2,551 likely voters conducted Thursday through Sunday shows Romney leading by 12 percentage points, 55 to 43 percent, among college graduates. A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of 1,475 likely voters conducted Thursday through Saturday shows Romney leading that group by 10 percentage points, 52 to 42 percent. more >>
Young born again Christians supported President Barack Obama in 2008, but a majority now say they will vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a survey research by Barna Group.
In 2008, seven out of ten born again Christians aged 18 to 29 supported Obama, according to Barna. Barna's recent surveys show that a majority of young born again Christians, 54 percent, now say they support Romney.
The main issues of concern this year for young born again Christians are healthcare (65 percent), education (51 percent), taxes (48 percent) and employment (41 percent). The "culture war" issues of abortion and gay marriage rank low by comparison – 36 and 35 percent, respectively. more >>
As the election cycle draws to an end on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Mormon Church has said it is happy that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has not been dragged into politics too much, and that it is moving into "mainstream acceptance."
"For people like us it's been incredibly intense because of all the media interest," said Michael Otterson, the head of worldwide public affairs for the Mormon Church in an interview a day before Election Day. He added that they are "relatively pleased" that the church went through the campaign without "being dragged into the middle of politics."
In an in-depth interview with The Washington Post, Otterson said that Mormons are used to living their lives without much national attention. Romney's campaign generally avoided bringing up the candidate's Mormon faith, and although he talked about his values and personal convictions, the former Massachusetts governor rarely connected it directly to the LDS Church, where he served as a missionary. more >>