The blogosphere is busy with analysis on the Nov. 6th election results, which clearly show a deeply divided nation.
University of California-Los Angles Student Katherine Hafner reviews the numbers and chats with fellow students about the their feelings regarding the outcome.
…Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio are key states that contributed to Obama’s victory, said Mark Petracca, a political science professor at UC Irvine.
“When a presidential candidate cannot win his home state, as Gore could not do in 2000, they will have a hard time winning the presidency,” Petracca said. “Romney lost both of his home states (of) Michigan and Massachusetts.”
Romney conceded to Obama late Tuesday night, after congratulating the President on his victory. “We have given our all to this campaign,” Romney said on a stage at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Massachusetts.
“I believe in the people of America. … I pray the President will be successful in guiding our nation,” he said.
Following Romney’s speech, Obama spoke in Chicago to thank supporters and reiterate his goals.
“Despite all the hardship we’ve been through … I’ve never been more hopeful about our future,” Obama said.
At UCLA, students reacted to news of the president’s reelection at viewing parties across campus. Rahel Gebregziabher, a fourth-year biology student, attended a viewing party in Covel Commons. She voted for Obama, and said she felt more nervous this time around than in the 2008 election, in which she also voted for Obama.
“I felt like the energy that I felt four years ago is completely different than the energy I felt in this election. … People weren’t as satisfied with Obama his past four years so they kind of lost trust in him,” Gebregziabher said. “But I’m happy they gave him another shot.”
Brooke Cullison, a second-year political science student who said she voted for Romney, was at a viewing party at the L.A. Tennis Center awaiting the results Tuesday night.
“Either way, this is going to be an election where people look back and go ‘That’s a very important election,’ so I think a lot of people are responding to that,” she said. “So I’m actually really happy about that.”
Still, the United States currently remains deeply divided, Petracca said.
“The economy is going to improve anyway, regardless of who was elected president,” he said. “This should be a good thing for college students.”
Though she was disappointed by the results, Cullison said she is optimistic.
“It’s what America wanted obviously, so I think in the end it’ll be okay,” she said.
Schwartz said he thinks Obama has the opportunity to change his leadership style to be more directly involved in negotiating with leadership in both parties on Capitol Hill.
The Democratic party retained control of the Senate in the election Tuesday, while the House of Representatives remained predominantly Republican.
“The interesting question is whether this will encourage (Obama) to act the same way and put emphasis on local policies, or encourage him to be more centrist and pragmatic with his policy goals,” he said.
The president will be sworn in again on Jan. 20, 2013.
President Barack Obama edges out Republican candidate Mitt Romney for second ter (The Daily Bruin)