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Election shows diversity, change in mindsets

Published: Thu, November 8, 2012 @ 12:03 a.m.

Associated Press


Tuesday’s presidential election results showed the American voting public has not only become more permanently diverse in its makeup, but also in its mindset.

Obama bet, and won, on the assumption that the electorate would retain much of the age, ethnic and racial diversity he brought out in 2008. But across the country, voters affirmed changes in social policy that show a culture changing along with it.

The trend is troublesome for Republicans, who nominated in Mitt Romney a candidate who was more socially moderate than his rivals for the GOP nod and who tried in the campaign’s closing days to reach out to the broader electorate.

“The country is changing, and the people our party appeals to is a static group,” GOP strategist Mike Murphy said.

Younger voters and minorities came to the polls at levels not far off from the historic coalition Obama assembled in 2008.

Voters also altered the course of U.S. social policy, voting in Maine and Maryland to approve same-sex marriage, while Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

In the heartland, where the conservative Christian tradition still runs deep, Minnesota voters defeated a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. In Iowa, where opponents of gay marriage ousted three state Supreme Court justices two years ago, a fourth judge beat back a similar attempt Tuesday and Republicans intent on pursuing a constitutional ban failed to gain the single seat they needed.

On social issues, exit polls conducted Tuesday for The Associated Press found a public more apt to take the liberal position. For example, roughly 60 percent of voters said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, the highest share since the mid-1990s.

The reality caught off-guard Republicans, who banked on an electorate more monolithic and more conservative than four years ago. And it foreshadowed changes over the next generation that could put long-held Republican states onto the political battleground maps of the future.

“Clearly, when you look at African-American and Latino voters, they went overwhelmingly for the president,” said John Stineman, a Republican strategist from Iowa. “And that’s certainly a gap that’s going to require a lot of attention from Republicans.”


1cambridge(4139 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

"The reality caught off-guard Republicans, who banked on an electorate more monolithic and more conservative than four years ago. And it foreshadowed changes over the next generation that could put long-held Republican states onto the political battleground maps of the future."

America, changing for the better.

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2kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

WOW!! A whole lotta hatred going on here. Let me clarify something to all those who criticised me last time. First of all I am NOT racist. I am an Independant! I vote for whom I think is best to us all as a people. My family came to this country as immigrants. They came with nothing. They never took a handout. They too were were discriminated against. Ever hear the saying "No Irish need apply"? That was them. Watch the movie Gangs of New York. That'll give you a clue as to what my family went through. Literally. Crosses were burned in my mother's front yard as a young girl because she was Catholic. You see if you know anything about the KKK you would know that the Klan despised Catholics too. Next I'd like to say as a Cracker (whitey to those who ask what a Cracker is) I could care less what's on the outside of a man - my dad taught me to judge a man by his contributions to society. Period. And furthermore I'd like to ask people this. We teach our children to go to school, work hard and be someone. THEN - when they do what society tells them we call them names and say they're snooty and they should be brought down a peg? Now which is it? No one handed me 2 college degrees. I worked my ass off for them and took out loans. If I had to dig ditches to earn a college degree I would have. Instead I found work on campus and took the city bus every day. SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? It bothers me to see black people call me names when they don'r even know me. I am NOT whitey. I am a human being just like you. Let's stop the hatred now! Enough is ENOUGH! The Civil War is over. We are just stirring up old wounds - picking at the scabs. I wish Mr. Obama good luck. WITHOUT THE SNICKER!

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3georgejeanie(1532 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

It shows that a little over 50% of the voters in this country are uneducated, ignorant, lazy and willing to sell the USA down the river for a check fom the socialist government which Obama is putting inplace of a government which gives a helping hand when people are in need. Not a freen lunch for the rest of their lives.

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4jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Someone sent me this on this depressing day after and I thought it very appropriate.

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

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