The Week: Most Recent 2012 Elections:2012 Presidential Race recent posts.en-usFri, 15 Feb 2013 11:54:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent 2012 Elections:2012 Presidential Race from THE WEEKFri, 15 Feb 2013 11:54:00 -0500Did Nate Silver tip the 2012 election to Obama?<img src="" /></P><p>Nate Silver was vilified by some Republicans and political journalists during the 2012 election, and embraced by Democrats looking for a fix of reassuring political news during rocky periods of President Obama's re-election bid. This week, the seemingly prophetic <em>New York Times</em>&ndash;employed political polling aggregator told an audience of students at Washington University in St. Louis that "the polls can certainly affect elections at times." They're not supposed to, Silver added, but some voters may "take the forecasts too seriously."</p><p>Then,&nbsp;says Michael Tabb at the Washington U. newspaper...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:54:00 -0500Irony alert: Mitt Romney's final vote tally nears 47 percent<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Liberal schadenfreude is about to reach overdose levels. Just when you thought the dead horse of Mitt Romney's campaign had been beaten more than enough &mdash; and most savagely&nbsp;by members of his own party &mdash; Dave Wasserman at <em>Cook Political Report</em> projects that the final count of the popular vote, which is still ongoing, will show <strong>Romney winning 47 percent of the electorate</strong>. In addition to proving that Obama handily won the popular vote, the final tally makes Romney the official candidate of the 47 percent &mdash;&nbsp;a delicious irony, liberals say, given that Romney infamously claimed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 21 Nov 2012 10:10:00 -0500Why Mitt Romney will regret blaming his loss on Obama's 'gifts' to minorities<img src="" /></P><p>Mitt Romney is taking fire from both the left and the right after telling donors on Wednesday that he lost last week's election because President Obama had showered young voters, minorities, and other key liberal constituencies with "big gifts." "With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift," Romney said on a conference call with his national finance committee. "Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women." He also said that Obama's health care reform was a "huge" gift for Latinos and blacks. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 15 Nov 2012 11:05:00 -0500President Obama's victory: 6 conservatives behaving like sore losers<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Conservative America is understandably bummed that President Obama won re-election on Tuesday night. "Losing a presidential campaign just stinks," says Jonathan Chait&nbsp;at <em>New York</em>. "You feel like a stranger at home." And while most Republicans seem to be handling the defeat with relative grace and dignity, a number of conservative commentators and celebrities are engaging in whining, lashing out, wild finger-pointing, and general childishness. Here, six conservatives&nbsp;behaving like sore losers:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. Karl Rove</strong> <br />Many political reputations were tarnished in the wake of Obama's victory, but perhaps...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 09 Nov 2012 14:45:00 -0500Mitt Romney's disastrous ground game and 7 other behind-the-scenes revelations<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The presidential election is over, but the real story behind the race is only just emerging. After months of enough spin to make a washing machine envious, members of the campaigns are starting to let down their guard and dish some dirt to media outlets. From Mitt Romney's embarrassingly ineffective get-out-the-vote operation to President Obama's peevish attitude toward the debates, post-election autopsies have given political junkies a lot to mull over before they, yes, turn to the 2016 race. Here, eight behind-the-scenes revelations from the campaign:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. Romney was shellshocked&nbsp;by Obama...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 09 Nov 2012 11:30:00 -0500World reactions to Obama's re-election: A slideshow<img src="" /></P><p>The U.S. elections weren't just closely watched at home; people all over the world were nervously waiting to see how the candidates would fare. And as news spread that President Obama had secured four more years, his international fans celebrated with flags, paper hats, and even cardboard cutouts of the smiling president, as this group of giddy Indians did in New Delhi. Here are 8 more enthusiastic global reactions.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 08 Nov 2012 12:35:00 -0500Do Republicans owe Nate Silver an apology?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">"Skewed!" In the lead-up to the election, that conservative <em>cri</em> <em>de coeur</em> met almost every poll showing President Obama with a lead in the Electoral College. And no forecaster bore the brunt of conservative ire more than <em>The New York Times' </em>polling guru, Nate Silver, who steadfastly projected an Obama win with almost cocky certainty, even when Mitt Romney's numbers surged after the first debate. Conservative commentators muttered dark suspicions that Silver was juicing the stats, or voiced skepticism&nbsp;about his methodology, or complained that his projections simply <em>couldn't </em>be right given how...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 13:51:00 -050010 truly jubilant President Obama supporters<img src="" /></P><p>Democrats with renewed hope are partying like it's 2008. As networks began to call the election for the president shortly after 11 pm on Nov. 6, Obama supporters in New York (pictured), Chicago, and across the seas exhibited unbridled joy &mdash; celebrating not only Obama's win but the end of a draining, endless presidential race. Here's a look at 9 more purely ecstatic Obama supporters on election night.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 13:15:00 -0500Obama's re-election: 17 iconic newspaper frontpages and magazine covers<img src="" /></P><p>When the presidential race was called for Barack Obama on Tuesday night, America's media outlets got to work putting together their front pages for the next day. Ranging from hopeful (Canada's&nbsp;<em>The Globe and Mail</em>) to wary (<em>Bloomberg BusinessWeek</em>), Wednesday's A-1s&nbsp;and magazine covers certainly capture the mood of the nation, and the world. Here, a sampling:</p><noscript>[&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="" target="_blank"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;View the story "Today...</noscript> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 11:40:00 -0500What the election means for minorities, the Supreme Court, the GOP, and more<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama didn't even need Florida, where the vote counters actually went home before finishing their job. Barack Obama cruised over the finish line, earlier and easier than most analysts predicted. The Obama camp last week said this was how it would be, and the pundits thought it a bunch of bluster. It wasn't. Here, five rather eclectic observations from the president's impressive re-election:</p><p><strong>1. Obama simply ran the superior campaign</strong><br />Clearly, the Obama campaign out-organized Team Romney where it counted. Their ground game was better and more extensive. They had more boots on the ground...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/paul-brandus" ><span class="byline">Paul Brandus</span></a>Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:50:00 -0500WATCH: Video of Obama's victory speech and Romney's concession speech<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama scored a convincing victory Tuesday night, winning at least 303 electoral votes, and perhaps as many as 332 once the Florida race is called. And while there were some tense moments Tuesday night when it seemed that GOP challenger Mitt Romney might not concede, he eventually bowed out quite gracefully, setting the stage for Obama to declare victory in Chicago. "Despite all the hardship we've been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I've never been more hopeful about our future," Obama said to a roaring crowd of liberals. Meanwhile, Romney delivered a short concession...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 09:45:00 -0500Karl Rove's epic Election Night battle with Fox News forecasters<img src="" /></P><p>"Forget Barack Obama and Mitt Romney," says Matt Negrin at <em>ABC News</em>. The battle for the White House may have been the most momentous event on Tuesday, but "the most exciting matchup of the night was between Karl Rove and his employer, Fox News." After the network's decision desk called Ohio &mdash; and thus the presidency &mdash; for Obama at little after 11 pm (ET), the GOP strategist and super PAC kingpin protested (and protested), arguing that there were too many votes left, that Romney was closing the gap, and that Fox should un-call Ohio. "That's awkward," said anchor Megyn Kelly. (Watch the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 07:08:00 -0500President Obama wins re-election: 17 hysterical GOP reactions<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama has won re-election, scoring victories in key swing states like Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin. And as the electoral votes rolled in and commentators discussed what Obama's win means for the nation, distressed Mitt Romney supporters took to social media to express their unbridled dismay. Here, a look at some of their most hysterical outbursts:&nbsp;</p><noscript>[&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="" target="_blank"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;View...</noscript> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:19:00 -0500President Obama wins re-election: What it means<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama has won another four years, extending a historic tenure as the nation's first black president. The president has been called the winner in several key swing states, including Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin, making it all but certain that Mitt Romney has hit a brick wall in his bid to cross the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency.&nbsp;</p><p>Obama lost some states he won in 2008, including Indiana and North Carolina, but <strong>his winning coalition &mdash; largely composed of liberal whites, blacks, Latinos, younger voters, and moderate white women</strong> &mdash; held...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 23:40:00 -0500Election Day 2012: Snapshots of voters across the country<img src="" /></P><p>Election Day is finally here, and polling places set up in schools, churches, and even laundromats across the 50 states have welcomed voters of all stripes. From California surfers to Sandy victims in New York, let's have a look at Americans exercising their democratic right on Nov. 6.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 22:15:00 -0500Obama wins New Hampshire and Wisconsin: What it means<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama has won Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes, according to Fox News and NBC News. In addition, he&nbsp;has won New Hampshire's 4 Electoral College votes, according to CBS News and the Associated Press.</p><p class="p1">While Obama's victory in New Hampshire is not much of a surprise, the Granite State is still one of the nine main swing swing states, and a victory there brings Obama 4 votes closer to the 270 he needs to win re-election.</p><p class="p1">The victory in Wisconsin could be a much bigger deal. If Obama win's Ohio's 18 electoral votes, combined with his victory in Pennsylvania (which supporters of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 22:00:00 -0500