Mitt Romney took the early lead in both electoral votes and the
popular vote, the tide quickly turned into President Obama's favor.
The president won all of the New England states, as well as most
of the midwest and the three states along the Pacific Ocean to
win his re-election. Obama finished with just under 60 million
popular votes and 303 electoral votes while Romney ended the night
with a little over 57 million popular votes and 206 electoral
votes. The president swept all eight of the battleground states
in this general election.
year's presidential election really came down to the states of
Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia
and Wisconsin, otherwise known as the "battleground states."
Obama surpassed Romney by about 90,000 votes in Colo., 55,000
votes in Fla., 90,000 votes in Iowa, 55,000 votes in Nev., 30,000
votes in N.H., 100,000 votes in Ohio and Va., and by 200,000 votes
in Wis. The other 42 states really didn't matter because they
were assumed to fall in the Obama category or in the Romney's
analysts said that the Midwestern states of Michigan, Ohio and
Illinois went to the president because he helped to save the automotive
industry. During his first term, Obama signed legislation to give
federal funds to both General Motors and Chrysler, which were
on the verge of bankruptcy. Since millions of automotive jobs
were preserved, most of those workers ended up voting for Obama.
Romney's op-ed piece in The New York Times titled "Let
Detroit Go Bankrupt" severely hurt his chances of winning
in those states.
lost several important states including Massachusetts (where he
is the governor), Michigan (where his father was governor) and
Wisconsin (where his running mate, Paul Ryan, is a Congressman).
He was defeated by almost 700,000 votes in Mass., 350,000 votes
in Mich. and by 200,000 votes in Wis. However, Romney did win
the state of Utah, where his religion, the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, is headquartered.
Indiana and North Carolina, changed parties from the 2008 election
to this one. Four years ago, both states were in Obama's favor.
However, this year, they turned red for Romney. The governor beat
the president by 275,000 votes in Ind. and by 100,000 votes in
keep control of the Senate while Republicans maintain control
of the House
party now holds 51 seats in the Senate while the Republic party
has 45 seats. Fifty seats are required for a majority in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Republicans have 232 seats in the House of Representatives
and the Democrats have 191 seats. A total of 218 seats are required
for a majority in the House.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) defeated former Rep. Pete Hoekstra
(R) for one of the state's Senate seats. The incumbent received
just over 2.6 million votes while her challenger got a little
more than 1.7 million votes. This will be Stabenow's third term
in the Senate, a seat she has filled since 2001. Sen. Carl Levin's
seat was not up for re-election this year.
Levin (D-Royal Oak) beat his challenger, businessman Don Volaric
(R), for the 9th district Congressional seat. The incumbent received
208,834 votes while the owner of Freedom Health Insurance got
114,746 votes. Levin has served in that seat since 1983 and is
the highest ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) defeated Physician Syed Taj (D-Canton)
for the 11th district Congressional seat. It includes the cities
of Canton Twp., Farmington, Garden City, Livonia, Milford, Novi,
Northville/Northville Twp., Plymouth/Plymouth Twp., Redford Twp.,
South Lyon, Westland, White Lake Twp. and Wayne. The seat was
formerly held by Thad McCotter, who resigned on July 6. Bentivolio
received 173,581 votes while Taj got 152,063 votes.
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Detroit) beat his challenger, Harry
T. Sawicki (R-Dearborn Heights) for the 13th district Congressional
seat. The incumbent received 206,097 votes while Sawicki got 32,278
votes. This will be Conyers' 25th term in the House, a seat he
has filled since 1965.
California, it appears that Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Coachella) will defeat
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs) for the 36th district Congressional
seat. The emergency room doctor received 83,402 votes while the
seven-term incumbent got 78,845 votes. This race is too close
to call as a few thousand more absentee ballots still need to
be counted. Mack has served in that position since 1998 when she
took over for her husband, Sonny Bono, who was born in Detroit.
local races went to incumbents across metro Detroit
Kym L. Worthy beat her Libertarian challenger, David S. Afton,
for the Wayne County Prosecutor position. The incumbent received
645,232 votes while the insurance claims attorney got 74,564 votes.
Worthy received lots of praise for prosecuting former Detroit
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. There was no Republican candidate in this
Democrat Benny N. Napoleon defeated Wayne County Sheriff Deputy
Shelly L. Milton for the Wayne County Sheriff seat. The incumbent
received 578,881 votes while his Republican challenger got 167,036
votes. Bob Czak, a candidate from the U.S. Taxpayers party, received
24,791 votes. Napoleon was the former Detroit Police Chief from
1998 to 2001.
Macomb County, Democrat Eric J. Smith beat his Republican challenger,
Michael R. Wrathell, for the Macomb County Prosecutor position.
The incumbent received 245,363 votes while the attorney and artist
got 128,504 votes. Wrathell is also a legal writer for AmericaJR.com.
Democrat Anthony Wickersham defeated Security Consultant Steve
Thomas for the Macomb County Sheriff seat. The incumbent received
229,791 votes while his Republican opponent got 134,099 votes.
Scott W. Allen, a Libertarian candidate, received 12,708 votes.
in Oakland County, Republican L. Brooks Patterson beat his Democratic
challenger, Kevin Howley, for the Oakland County Prosecutor position.
The incumbent received 352,318 votes while the businessman got
267,108 votes. Patterson has been recovering from a severe car
accident in August.
Republican Michael J. Bouchard defeated Former Police Officer
Jane Felice Boudreau for the Oakland County Sheriff seat. The
incumbent received 364,385 votes while his Democratic challenger
got 252,066 votes.
voters turned down two of the six proposals on the ballot. The
first proposal, would have given approval for the governor to
appoint an emergency manager in a state of financial emergency,
was denied by nearly 2.3 million votes to 2 million votes. The
sixth and final proposal, would have required approval by a majority
of voters to construct a new international bridge or tunnel, was
turned down by 2.6 million votes to almost 1.8 million votes.