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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:27 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:30 pm 
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Fox called it for Tammy Baldwin. Haven't seen CNN mention it yet.

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:33 pm 
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Our local had Tammy andTommy within a few hundred of each other. So it keeps switching...I'm hopeful. Also weird watching it with my partner who is right wing (luckily not GOP) instead of someone with whom I am more politically similar

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:34 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:35 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:36 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:37 pm 
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I'm going to call it for Kaine. I don't see Allen regaining his lead with the precincts yet to report.

Obama is picking up votes. Now he is down only 30k or so. He could do it.

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:37 pm 
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okay more questions to show I really have no knowledge of how my own country's election works. So the news channels are showing the popular votes and the electoral votes. Is the electoral college just a figurative phrase, or are there actual people that still vote? And when does that actually take place? Can a state split it's electoral votes? For instance if Florida is really that close, shouldn't half their electoral votes go for one and the other half go for another? How did I have a class called government in high school and not learn any of this stuff. Sorry too much rambling, I should go to bed.


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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:42 pm 
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chiveggie wrote:
okay more questions to show I really have no knowledge of how my own country's election works. So the news channels are showing the popular votes and the electoral votes. Is the electoral college just a figurative phrase, or are there actual people that still vote? And when does that actually take place? Can a state split it's electoral votes? For instance if Florida is really that close, shouldn't half their electoral votes go for one and the other half go for another? How did I have a class called government in high school and not learn any of this stuff. Sorry too much rambling, I should go to bed.


ok im not 100% sure i will get this correct but i believe each state gets a certain # of electoral votes based on their overall population.
in the end the electoral votes are what wins the election.

so there is a chance tonight that Mitt Romney will win the popular vote and lose the election.

payback for 2000 when Al Gore won the popular vote and.....well we all know how that went....

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:43 pm 
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chiveggie wrote:
okay more questions to show I really have no knowledge of how my own country's election works. So the news channels are showing the popular votes and the electoral votes. Is the electoral college just a figurative phrase, or are there actual people that still vote? And when does that actually take place? Can a state split it's electoral votes? For instance if Florida is really that close, shouldn't half their electoral votes go for one and the other half go for another? How did I have a class called government in high school and not learn any of this stuff. Sorry too much rambling, I should go to bed.


Each state is given so many votes, based on population sizes. The state generally will give all its vote to whoever wins the popular vote in its state. I think technically they can split their vote (and maybe 1 state does?) but they generally don't. So if a candidate wins a popular vote of a state, they are pretty much guaranteed the electoral college vote of the state.

I believe this all goes back in history and is related to the idea of independence of states. So although we are all one country, we are composed of 50 states (yeah I know, duh) but each state votes for the president versus the individuals. There have been 4 or 5 instances in history where a president lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote.

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:49 pm 
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21,000 votes down now in VA. (I know, VA isn't the only state, buts it's a nail biter)

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
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I noticed Kaine is in the lead.

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:57 pm 
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They called NC :(

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
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NC went to Romney (not a surprise)

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
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Lycophyte, you let us down!

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:58 pm 
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I noticed Kaine is in the lead.

NPR called Kaine winner, said Allen has conceded.
NC! So sad.

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:00 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:06 pm 
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I slept for a bit but now I'm up & awake for the nail biting finish! Very happy to see Akin beaten & crossing my fingers for Florida...and not just so that I can go back to bed!

Also RE: POTUS, totally heard the phrase on Veep first!

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:14 pm 
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I slept for a bit but now I'm up & awake for the nail biting finish! Very happy to see Akin beaten & crossing my fingers for Florida...and not just so that I can go back to bed!

Also RE: POTUS, totally heard the phrase on Veep first!

I love FLOTUS too! And I have known what POTUS meant since 7th grade because of that band......

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:16 pm 
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It's over! Iowa and Ohio did it.
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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
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NBC calling it for POOTUS!

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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:21 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
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 Post subject: Re: US elections - 2012
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CNN CALLED IT FOR POOTUS!!!!

I WANNA GO TO BED NOW!

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