2012 Presidential Election
Written by Star News reporter, Lydia King
The 2012 Presidential election was held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012. After a long and tumultuous campaign, Barack Obama was reelected to a second term, beating republican nominee, Mitt Romney. Obama won a decisive victory over Romney, winning over 330 electoral votes to Romney’s 206. Barack Obama, born in 1961, is the 44th president of the United States. This is his second presidency, having won the 2008 election. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama is the first African American President of the United States. In the 2008 election, his competition was Hillary Clinton, wife of former president Bill Clinton, who was on track to become the first female president of the United States. During his campaign, Obama focused on his accomplishments in offices, and operated under the premise that he deserved another term in office to continue his accomplishments. He won over the majority of the states: 26 including D.C. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s nominee for the 2012 election, was born in 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. Romney married his wife, Ann, in 1969. They have had 5 children together. Romney and his family are practicing Mormons, and uphold strong religious beliefs. Romney became the first Mormon to be a major party Presidential nominee. Romney was defeated by incumbent President Barack Obama in the 2012 elections by a margin of 51- 47%. Following his election defeat, Romney has kept a low profile, joining the Board of Marriot International as his third time as director.
The United States has two major political parties: Republican and Democrat. The Republican Party, often called the GOP, is based upon American conservatism. It dominated American politics from 1860 to 1932. In the 113th congress of the United States, elected in 2012, the Republican Party holds the...
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