The Week: Most Recent 2012 Elections:2012 Elections recent posts.en-usFri, 28 Dec 2012 15:35:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent 2012 Elections:2012 Elections from THE WEEKFri, 28 Dec 2012 15:35:00 -0500The 9 worst political gaffes of 2012<img src="" /></P><p>The arguably most damaging verbal flub of the 2012 election season &mdash; Mitt Romney's covertly recorded comments to wealthy donors that 47 percent of Americans are government-addicted moochers &mdash; wasn't even a classic inadvertent gaffe: He <em>meant</em> to say it, and even revisited the theme after he lost the presidential race, griping that President Obama won re-election by handing out "gifts" to young, minority, and female voters. But gaffes of a more traditional nature played an unusually active role in the 2012 election &mdash; starting long before the calendar flipped to 2012 &mdash; helping...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Fri, 28 Dec 2012 15:35:00 -0500Recall-mania: Why American voters are increasingly eager to oust lawmakers<img src="" /></P><p>While the multi-billion dollar presidential campaign sucked up most of the nation's attention this year, in scores of smaller elections across the country, voters took unprecedented action to force political changes of their own. In 2012, at least 168 elected officials faced recall votes. That appears to be an all-time record.</p><p class="p3">While Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall was by far the most prominent &mdash; it was only the third time a governor has ever faced a recall in U.S. history, and the first time one survived such a vote &mdash; there were plenty of other noteworthy attempts to bounce officials...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Joshua SpivakWed, 26 Dec 2012 08:35:00 -0500Secession threats, aggravated assault, and more overreactions to the election [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p>Threatening to move to Canada or France is <em>so</em> 2004. In the wake of the Nov. 6 election, voters disappointed that Mitt Romney lost to President Obama are taking the time-honored tradition of the post-election tantrum into uncharted territory. Some are lashing out at the federal government, while others are taking out their ballot-box blues on targets closer to home. Here, four overreactions to last week's presidential election:<br /><br /><strong>1. Trying to secede from the Union</strong><br />It's no secret that "the 2012 election figuratively divided the country," says Lester Brathwaite at <em>Queerty</em>, but the split is "fixin' to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 14 Nov 2012 09:20:00 -0500'Drunk Nate Silver': The best tweets from the funniest post-election meme<img src="" /></P><p>Of all the memes and internet inside jokes spawned by the long-gestating presidential election on Nov. 6, the liveliest one involves <em>New York Times</em> statistical prognosticator Nate Silver &mdash; arguably the campaign's most celebrated and controversial figure not named Barack or Mitt. Silver got a lot of flak from Mitt Romney supporters and more gut-based political commentators, but he correctly predicted how all 50 states would vote, and came within a hair of calling the popular vote. So on Nov. 7, after the eerie accuracy of Silver's data model became clear &mdash; and Silver informed his readers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 09 Nov 2012 11:55:00 -0500Is Puerto Rico on the verge of becoming the 51st state?<img src="" /></P><p>In the midst of Tuesday's mad rush of election news from all 50 states, one contest was largely lost in the shuffle: Puerto Rico's referendum on statehood, which could potentially make the Caribbean island and U.S. territory the 51st state in the union. Now that the ballots have been tallied, it's clear that a majority of Puerto Ricans favor full statehood. What's the next step for Puerto Rico and the U.S. government? Could Puerto Rico <em>really</em> become the 51st state? Here's what you should know:</p><p class="p1"><strong>First off: What makes a U.S. territory different than a state?<br /></strong>There are a number of things, but essentially...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 13:45:00 -0500The failed 'war on women': 5 big election victories for women<img src="" /></P><p>As analysts make inferences based on last night's election results, one lesson has become resoundingly clear: Candidates shouldn't make ill-informed or offensive comments about rape or abortion. After Republican Senatorial candidates delivered several such widely-criticized remarks, inadvertently making national news, many Democrats repeated their cry that the GOP was waging a "war on women." Judging from the 5 key results below, voters may have agreed:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. Todd Akin loses to Claire McCaskill in Missouri's Senate race<br /></strong><span class="s1">Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) was widely regarded as one of the most politically vulnerable...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 11:53:00 -0500The multibillion-dollar 2012 election: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>In an election that generated a lot of firsts &mdash; first states to legalize marijuana for recreation and profit, first openly gay U.S. senator, the first Mormon presidential candidate battling the first black president &mdash; one fact sticks out, and not necessarily in a good way: This was by far the most expensive election in U.S. history. Neither President Obama nor GOP challenger Mitt Romney accepted public financing, leaving them free to raise massive amounts of money, and after the Supreme Court's 2010 <em>Citizens United</em> ruling, super PAC and 501(c)(4) "dark money" groups poured hundreds...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 04:28:00 -0500Democrats hold the Senate: What it means<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">After the midterm elections of 2010, in which the Republican Party rode a wave of Tea Party fury to gain control of the House, it appeared that the Senate would be the next legislative chamber to fall to the GOP. After all, only 10 Republicans had to defend their seats in the 2012 elections, compared with 23 for Democrats, giving the GOP a very good chance to make a net gain of four seats for a majority. However, at the end of Election Day 2012, the <strong>Democrats are assured of retaining control of the Senate</strong> &mdash; and there is even a distinct possibility that they will <em>expand</em> their majority.</p><p class="p1">What...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 00:40:00 -0500The funniest tweets from Election Night 2012<img src="" /></P><p>"During the '08 election we tweeted about what they were doing on TV," tweeted Nick Bilton of&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em>. "Four years later, TV is talking about what we're doing on Twitter." Indeed, Twitter was ascendant in this election season. Here, the best tweeted lines from Election Night 2012:</p><p>From a Chris Christie parody account:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Whew, so relieved that Fox News is now blaming blacks, Latinos and women instead of me for a Romney loss. #Vote</p>&mdash; Gov. Chris Christie (@GovChristieNJ) November 7, 2012</blockquote><p>Ben Greenman at <em>The</em> <em>New Yorker</em>:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>It's funny that CNN Is so conservative projecting...</p></blockquote> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 00:05:00 -0500Nebraska Senate race: First reactions to Republican Deb Fischer's victory<img src="" /></P><p>Republican Deb Fischer has defeated former Democratic Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey in the Nebraska Senate race, according to projections from <em>ABC News</em> and <em>CBS&nbsp;</em><em>News</em>. With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Fischer has earned 55.8 percent of the vote, compared to Kerrey's 44.2 percent.</p><p class="p1">Fischer is a Nebraska state senator who was nominated over two better-known and better-financed candidates in the state's GOP primary. Fischer's campaign platform included a pledge never to raise taxes and a Constitutional balanced-budget amendment. Kerrey was attempting a return to politics after a decade...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 23:06:00 -0500Virginia Senate race: First reactions to Democrat Tim Kaine's victory<img src="" /></P><p>Democrat Tim Kaine has defeated Republican challenger George Allen in the closely-watched Virginia Senate race. Allen has reportedly already conceded.</p><p class="p1">Kaine, who is both a former Virginia governor and a former head of the Democratic National Committee, ran on a record of bipartisan accomplishments and a commitment to protecting Medicare and Social Security. Meanwhile, this is the second consecutive senatorial defeat for George Allen, who had been widely projected to wallop Democrat Jim Webb in 2006 &mdash; until his campaign was derailed by controversy over his use of the word "macaca" to describe...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 22:55:00 -0500Indiana Senate race: First reactions to Democrat Joe Donnelly's victory<img src="" /></P><p>In Indiana, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) has narrowly edged out Tea Party-backed state treasurer Richard Mourdock&nbsp;in one of this year's most closely watched Senate races. According to the latest&nbsp;figures, Donnelly has 48.3 percent to Mourdock's&nbsp;45.7 percent, leading <em>Fox News</em> and <em>Bloomberg News&nbsp;</em>to call the race for Donnelly.</p><p class="p2">Mourdock, a Tea Party favorite&nbsp;who ousted moderate incumbent Richard Lugar in the primary, was widely seen as the frontrunner &mdash; until an Oct. 23 debate in which he was asked a question about whether rape victims should be allowed to get abortions. Mourdock...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 22:05:00 -0500The man who died while voting... and then came back to life to make sure his ballot was cast<img src="" /></P><p>Plenty of voters have grumbled about long lines and confusing ballots today, but it's hard to complain after hearing the story of one Michigan man, who faced death and came back to make sure his vote had been cast.&nbsp;The <em>Detroit News</em> reports that the elderly man was filling out an absentee ballot with the help of his wife at Southfield Township offices when he suddenly stopped responding. Fortunately, Ty Houston &mdash; a fellow absentee voter and a registered home care nurse <span class="s1">&mdash; was there to lend assistance.</span> <strong>"He was dead," said Houston. "He had no heartbeat and he wasn't breathing."</strong> Houston...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 21:50:00 -0500Massachusetts Senate race: First reactions to Democrat Elizabeth Warren's victory<img src="" /></P><p>In the extremely high-profile Massachusetts Senate contest, Democrat Elizabeth Warren has ousted moderate Republican Sen. Scott Brown. The most recent figures have Warren at 51.8 percent to Brown's 48.2 percent, leading <em>CBS News</em>&nbsp;and <em>NBC News</em> to call the race for Warren.</p><p class="p2">The epic battle&nbsp;between Brown, a truck-driving former model who &mdash; to the surprise of many in 2010 &mdash; seized the seat left open by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, and Warren, a Harvard Law professor who became a champion of the Democrats when she set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was widely considered...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 21:45:00 -0500Connecticut Senate race: First reactions to Democrat Chris Murphy's victory<img src="" /></P><p>Rep. Chris Murphy (D) beat Republican Linda McMahon, former CEO and co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), in the race for retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman's Connecticut Senate seat, according to projections from the<em> Associated Press&nbsp;</em>and <em>CBS News</em>. In very early returns, Murphy leads McMahon 65 percent to 34 percent.</p><p class="p2">In a 2010 campaign against Democrat&nbsp;Richard Blumenthal, McMahon sunk tens of millions of her own fortune into a failed bid for a Senate seat in the famously liberal state. This year, the McMahon-Murphy head-to-head has made for one of the more expensive races in recent...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 20:45:00 -0500Maine Senate race: First reactions to independent Angus King's victory<img src="" /></P><p>Independent former Gov. Angus King secured a comfortable victory over two challengers in his bid for retiring moderate Republican Olympia Snowe's Senate seat on Tuesday, easily beating Republican Secretary of State Charlie Summers and Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill, according to projections from the <em>The New York Times</em> and the <em>Associated Press</em>.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">Democrats found themselves in a conundrum with King as the odds-on favorite. Senate Democrats believe that the former governor, who considers himself "unbeholden to parties,"&nbsp;would caucus with them when called upon. As a result, the Democratic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Nov 2012 20:25:00 -0500