Political Headlines January 4, 2013: Senate to Make President Barack Obama’s Re-election Official

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

Senate to Make Obama’s Re-election Official

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-4-13

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Americans thought they elected a president on Nov. 6, 2012, but those results were not official — until Friday.

The votes cast in November’s general election went to pick electors from each state — members of the Electoral College — who cast their ballots based on the preferences of their constituency for one candidate or another.  On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden will announce the results.

The Electoral College met and cast its ballots on Dec. 17.  Now, it’s time to officially count them….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 18, 2012: Ron Barber, Former Gabrielle Giffords Aide, Wins Arizona Seat in Congress After Close Race

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Ron Barber, Former Gabrielle Giffords Aide, Wins Seat in Congress After Close Race

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-19-12

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Democrat Ron Barber, former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, was declared the winner today of a tight congressional race in Southern Arizona.

Saturday morning, Barber’s opponent, Republican Martha McSally, called him and conceded the race.

The hard-fought battle played out in a newly redrawn district in Southern Arizona that covers parts of Tucson and Pima County and all of Cochise County….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 10, 2012: Four Days After Election, President Barack Obama Wins in Florida

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Four Days After Election, Obama Wins in Florida

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-10-12

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Four days have passed since President Barack Obama took enough of the electoral college to secure a second term and Florida has still not quite counted 100 percent of its ballots. But with the last absentee votes from overseas trickling in and precincts firming up, Florida’s Secretary of State on Saturday finally announced Obama would walk away with its 29 electoral votes.

President Obama took the state by a paper-thin margin over challenger Mitt Romney at 50 percent to 49.1, or roughly 74,000 votes — barely over the half a percent margin that would have mandated a recount….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 7, 2012: Eleven House of Representative Races Too Close to Call

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Eleven House Races Too Close to Call

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-7-12
Republicans have locked in at least 234 seats and Democrats have secured at least 190 winners in the House of Representatives. But with some ballots yet to be counted, 11 races remained too close to call, and at least seven appeared to be headed for recounts.

Democrats appeared to have slight leads in at least eight races that were too close to call Wednesday morning, but a Republican campaign operative said almost all will be double-checked….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 7, 2012: 2012 Presidential Election Political Reactions

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THE HEADLINES….

2012 Presidential Election: Political Reactions

Source: ABC News, 11-7-12

VIDEO: The president is projected to win Ohio and have four more years in office.

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Mitt Romney

“I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters.

Speaker of the House John Boehner

“The American people re-elected the president, and re-elected our majority in the House. If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs, which is critical to solving our debt. I offer sincere congratulations to President and Mrs. Obama and to Vice President and Dr. Biden. I wish Mitt, Ann, Paul, Janna and their families well, and thank them for having carried the banner of our party and our principles with strength, grace, and courage.”

Sarah Palin

“I just cannot believe that the majority of Americans believe that incurring more debt is good for the economy, for our children’s future, for job creators. I just cannot believe that the majority of Americans believe that it’s OK to ignore the constitution and not have a budget.”

French President Francois Hollande

“Your re-election is a clear choice in favor of an America that is open, unified, completely engaged in the international scene and conscious of the challenges facing our planet: peace, the economy and the environment.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

“I extend my sincere congratulations to President Obama and Vice President Biden on their hard-fought victory, and I would like to thank Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for running a great campaign based on concrete solutions to the tremendous economic challenges we continue to face.

“The American people did two things: they gave President Obama a second chance to fix the problems that even he admits he failed to solve during his first four years in office, and they preserved Republican control of the House of Representatives.

“The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president’s first term, they have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together with a Congress that restored balance to Washington after two years of one-party control.

“Now it’s time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely-divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office.

“To the extent he wants to move to the political center, which is where the work gets done in a divided government, we’ll be there to meet him half way.

“That begins by proposing a way for both parties to work together in avoiding the ‘fiscal cliff’ without harming a weak and fragile economy, and when that is behind us work with us to reform the tax code and our broken entitlement system. Republicans are eager to hear the president’s proposals on these and many other pressing issues going forward and to do the work the people sent us here to do.”

Prime Minister David Cameron

“I would like to congratulate Barack Obama on his re-election. I have really enjoyed working with him over the last few years and I look forward to working with him again over the next four years.

“There are so many things that we need to do: we need to kick start the world economy and I want to see an EU-US trade deal. Right here in Jordan I am hearing appalling stories about what has happened inside Syria so one of the first things I want to talk to Barack about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis.

“Above all, congratulations to Barack. I’ve enjoyed working with him, I think he’s a very successful US president and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Herman Cain

Cain tweeted, “Obama won on Popularity rather than substance. I predict higher unemp & higher taxes.”

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

“The strategic alliance between Israel and the U.S. is stronger than ever. I will continue to work with President Obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the citizens of Israel.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin

“We hope that the positive beginnings that have taken hold in Russian-US relations on the world arena will grow in the interests of international security and stability.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

“As a moderate Muslim nation, Malaysia stands ready to help the United States as it seeks to better engage with those of Islamic faith.”

Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley

“First, Michael and I want to offer our congratulations to Mitt and Ann Romney – two wonderful people filled with grace, strength and love of country, and two people we are proud to call our friends. They ran a campaign that offered a vision of America that is strong, prosperous and free, and inspired millions of Americans in the process. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for their service.

“Second, we congratulate President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on their hard-fought and hard-earned re-election. Since the day he was sworn into office back in 2009, we have hoped and prayed for President Obama’s success as, more than anything, we want to raise our children in an America that’s thriving and that offers our children the same blessings and opportunities it has offered the generations that preceded them. Those hopes and prayers continue today.

“Although South Carolina cast a majority of its votes in the other direction, our country has spoken. As Americans, we must respect this outcome, and, as governor, I will work together with President Obama wherever I can for the betterment of our state and country.”

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski

“Americans want us to work together to solve the difficult problems facing our nation.”

“In his second term, I am hopeful that President Obama will see the value of pragmatism over partisanship,” she said. “Both parties created the challenges we face today, and the solutions can only be found through collaborative efforts — good ideas don’t come with a party label.

“I encourage President Obama and his administration to work with Congress, represent all of America and make a better tomorrow for our nation.”

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich

“I look forward to continuing to build on the important progress we have made not only on Arctic development, but on other critical Alaska issues like supporting our veterans, balancing the budget, permitting mines and improving education.”

“I am also happy to see that voters have sent common-sense moderates from across the country to join me in the Senate.”

“Not only do we share common ground on policies, but we have a like-minded approach of reaching across party lines, rolling up our sleeves, and looking for solutions.”

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

“Tonight, I want to congratulate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on winning re-election.

“This has been a spirited and tough campaign. The differences between the sides have been clear, widely discussed and vigorously debated. I strongly supported my friends Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I believe they would have provided exceptional leadership for this nation. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication to the principles of our party, and their commitment to helping improve the lives of the people of this great nation. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are honest, decent and selfless. They had big ideas that would achieve good results for all people. I wish them the very best moving forward, and I know they will stay deeply involved in the public life of this nation. We need their positive, optimistic visions as we address the pressing issues facing our country.

“I have disagreed often with the President and Vice President. On many issues of policy we clearly do not see eye to eye. But the President and Vice President are good men who care deeply about this nation. And we are bound together by something far more important than politics and policy: we are Americans, and this is a great country. The campaign is now over. It is time for us to heal and face our tremendous challenges. We will only be able to surmount those challenges by working together. As Governor of Virginia, I will continue working with the President and Vice President to find common ground, identify responsible solutions to the pressing issues of our day, and improve the lives of our fellow Americans.”

Election 2012 November 7, 2012: Democrats Maintain Senate Majority

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Election 2012: Senate Democratic Majority Holds After Millions Spent

Democrats will maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate, ABC News projects, no small effort in an age of astronomically expensive campaigns and hyper-partisanship.

More than $1 billion is projected to have been spent in Senate races by candidates and outside groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. But unlike in the 2010 and 2008 elections, neither party dramatically altered the balance of power in the Senate after this election.

Democrats defended 23 of the 33 seats in the Upper Chamber that were on the ballot in this election….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 7, 2012: Paul Ryan Hangs Onto Congress Seat in Wisconsin

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THE HEADLINES….

Paul Ryan Hangs Onto Congress Seat in Wisconsin

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-7-12

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Paul Ryan knows he will be headed to Washington, D.C., again next year even though his presidential ticket failed to win election.

Ryan will begin serving his eighth term as a U.S. congressman representing the 1st District of Wisconsin in 2013….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Claire McCaskill Wins Missouri Senate Race

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THE HEADLINES….

Claire McCaskill Wins Missouri Senate Race

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-7-12

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ABC News projects that Sen. Claire McCaskill has won her re-election race, as Republicans have seen another prime pickup opportunity slip away in 2012.

The Missouri senator scored her first victory of the race when Todd Akin won a three-way primary…. McCaskill won her second victory when Akin made his fateful “legitimate rape” comment in August — the biggest misstep by any candidate in 2012, one that reverberated throughout other Republican races and drew Akin condemnation from the highest levels of his party….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Elizabeth Warren Wins Massachusetts Senate Race

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THE HEADLINES….

Elizabeth Warren Wins Massachusetts Senate Race

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

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Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senate candidate in Massachusetts, will win her race, picking off a Republican seat for the Democrats in the battle for control of the Senate.

Billed as one of the most important races in the fight to control the Democratic-led Senate, the contest pitted Warren against Sen. Scott Brown, the incumbent who shocked the political establishment in 2010 with his victory in a special election to fill the seat that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy held for 47 years.

Brown, 53, and Warren, 63, engaged in what was the year’s most expensive Senate race for spending by candidates only, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The campaigns had spent more than $70 million collectively by mid-October….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Joe Kennedy Wins Congress Race for Barney Frank’s Massachusetts Seat

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THE HEADLINES….

Joe Kennedy Wins Congress Race for Barney Frank’s Seat

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

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Joseph Kennedy III, the great-nephew of president John F. Kennedy, won election to Congress Tuesday, marking the return of the Kennedy clan to the federal government for the first time since Patrick Kennedy resigned from the House in 2010.

ABC News is projecting that the 32-year-old prosecutor from Brookline, Mass., will defeat Republican opponent Sean Bielat in the 4th District race Tuesday night. Kennedy will fill the seat vacated by Rep. Barney Frank, who retires this year. The seat will remain Democratic….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Republicans Preserve Control of House of Representatives

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Republicans Projected to Preserve Control of House

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican colleagues will secure enough seats to retain their majority, winning at least 218 seats in the House of Representatives.

For Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats, the election is a missed opportunity to regain control of the lower chamber, despite 62 contests without an incumbent. Republicans fought district by district to maintain their numbers.

Over the past year, Republicans were bullish as they predicted modest gains on Election Day. While Democrats may be able to cut slightly into the GOP’s 25-seat majority by the end of the night, most congressional watchers predicted the outcome long before voters issued their preference at the polls Tuesday….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: North Carolina Elects First Republican Governor in Two Decades

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North Carolina Elects First Republican Governor in Two Decades

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12 

North Carolina elected a Republican governor for the first time in more than two decades Tuesday night.

GOP candidate Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor who had been leading in local polls in the final days leading up to the election, defeated Democratic candidate Walter Dalton, the state’s lieutenant governor. It’s the first time North Carolina has elected a Republican governor since 1988.

Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, who narrowly beat McCrory in 2008, served one term but was not seeking re-election….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: First Votes Are In and The Race for Electoral Votes Is On

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First Votes Are In and The Race for Electoral Votes Is On

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

President Obama and Mitt Romney matched each other state for state in early returns as attention turned to a trio of swing states where polls had closed but results were so close a winner had yet to emerge.

The electoral votes of Ohio, Virginia and Florida are vital to each candidate’s success. In Virginia and Florida, lines stretched from some polling places even after they had officially closed.

In the initial flurry of early returns, there were no major surprises, as tensions and excitement rose in a race so close it remained a statistical tie in many places.

As expected Obama won his home state of Illinois and also won Romney’s home state of Massachusetts.

Early on Romney picked up much of the deep South and Oklahoma, while Obama picked up the New England states.

Obama also won New Jersey, the state most affected by last week’s superstorm Sandy, in which some affected voters cast paper ballots or voted via email.

The state projections give Obama 173 electoral votes while Romney has collected 174. The candidates are vying to reach the goal of 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Three reasons Obama will win; three reasons Romney will win

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Three reasons Obama will win; three reasons Romney will win

Source: LAT, 11-6-12

Mitt Romney and President Obama

Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama (Emmanuel Dunand and Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)

The most expensive election in U.S. history is almost over, and most public polls suggest President Obama has a small, but persistent, edge over his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

But before the final vote counts, here are three reasons each candidate has to expect victory, and a key place to watch to see who is right….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Barack Obama Congratulates Mitt Romney on ‘Spirited Campaign’

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Obama Congratulates Romney on ‘Spirited Campaign’

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

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President Obama on Tuesday congratulated GOP nominee Mitt Romney on a hard-fought race and expressed confidence he would have the votes to win a second term as he kicked off Election Day with a visit to his local campaign office.

“I also want to say to Gov. Romney, Congratulations on a spirited campaign,” the president told reporters after thanking volunteers at his local Hyde Park, Ill., field office.  “I know that his supporters are just as engaged and just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today.”

With polls open across the country, the president expressed confidence that “we have the votes to win.”…READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney: Live Blogging the 2012 Presidential Election

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Headline Updates Throughout Election Day on Political Buzz

Live Coverage of Election Day

Source: NYT, 11-6-12

Americans went to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to give President Obama a second term or to replace him with Mitt Romney after a long, hard-fought campaign that centered on who would heal the battered economy and what role government should play in the 21st century. New York Times reporters around the country will be providing live updates, analysis and results throughout the day….READ MORE

 

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