The presidential election is over, which means residents of the battlegrounds we have covered for the past several months can join the rest of the states in enjoying attack-ad free commercial breaks and keeping their phones plugged in without risking constant pollster or campaign calls.
It also means the end of our posts here on The 12.
Thank you for following our student journalists’ coverage from the swing states across the country. We’ll see you in 2016.
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President Obama’s bailout of the auto industry was both praised and criticized throughout the election season. Now, exit polling data shows the decision so many thought might cost him the votes of those concerned with the economy was actually one that helped the President secure Ohio, which was nearly tied until the end.
Data from the Associated Press revealed most Ohio voters stood behind the president’s decision to bail out General Motors and Chrysler. Ohioans were evenly split on who they believed would be best to fix the economy, but the fact that one in eight jobs in Ohio is tied to the auto industry gave Obama an edge as the middle class cast their ballots.
President Obama’s re-election and the return of the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate have solidified Obamacare as law. After months of holding out for Obama’s defeat, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and other state officials have seven days to decide how to hand Affordable Health Care Act before the federal deadline, Nov. 16.
The Miami Herald reports Miami-Dade is one of those counties. As of Wednesday morning, the county still had 20,000 absentee ballots left to count. Miami-Dade county, victim of lack of resources and an unexpectedly high volume of voters on Election Day, experienced extremely long lines that lasted throughout the night. At one polling place, the last voter was said to have left at 1 a.m. According to the voter protection law, any voter who arrives in line before 7 p.m. has the right to cast a ballot.
For the first time in history, one state will have a congressional delegation made up entirely of women, and one occupying the governor’s office as well.
New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan defeated opponent Ovide Lamontagne in the state race for governor, and Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster were elected to the state’s 1st and 2nd Congressional districts.
Shea-Porter and Kuster will join two other women who were not up for election on Tuesday, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayotte (R).