The Results of the 2012 Presidential and Federal Election.

Results and cost
: President Obama won a second term in office and the democratic party gained seats in  the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. This election is currently one of the most expensive elections up to this point in time. The total spent on this election is around  5 billion dollars for the office of the president, congressional seats and state elections. Just the presidential election alone was 1,046,500,000.00 counting both parties  In that total President Obama raised about 720,000,000.00 and Mitt Romney and the Republicans raised 596,000,000.00. this does not count the political action committees which raised 1,744,500,000.00 and spent 1,563,300,000.00 not only on the presidential election but on different political races across the united states. The one item which is more difficult to measure in this 2012 election is the fact that the Political action comities are much harder to track in what they are spending. 


The biggest news out of the 2012 election will be on how each party will handle the shifting electoral map in the United States. We are seeing more of the larger states with greater urban populations shift towards the democratic party and the states with rural populations or a population that is spread out over a greater distances  loyal to the republican party. If this trend continues it will become more expensive for the republicans to promote there brand if they are depending on rural areas of spreading populations. Republicans will need to spend more on transportation to get out the vote. The results of the election of 2012 are showing an interesting factor in how the whole population of the state votes compared to the regional area of a state. The best example of this states divided is the results of the 2012 Senate Races vs U.S. House Races. The Senators which are voted on by the whole state and not just a region of the state are showing the strength in the Urban populated areas.  In which elections of the full state are giving different results then specific regions of the state. How this will impact our government going forward will be very interesting because currently 26 states as a whole went with the democratic party and voted for President Obama at the same time 24 states voted as a whole for the Republicans. The results over all for the senate were similar with 53 democrats vs 45 Republicans. Now not all the states that voted for the Senator of one political party voted for the president of the same political party. But it is amazing how close the end results of the senate make up is. The questions of governmental policy changes can only be measured over a period of years and not based on one election.  So we must wait and see if their are suttle changes taking place in the states that are reflected in the Federal Government. So we must wait until the next election of November 4th 2014. 

The Winner of the 2012 Presidential Election is the Incumbent President BARACK OBAMA!

After almost two years of heavy campaigning, starting in January of 2010 when most candidates announced their candidacy, the President of the United States has been chosen. The citizens of the Untied States have elected Barack Obama. The next federal election will be November 2, 2014, which will be for Senate and House of Representative seats, and the next Presidential election will be November 6, 2016.

The Newly Chosen President of 
the United States of America

Barack Obama

"We have a collective responsibility to recommit ourselves to the dream; to strengthen that safety net, put the rungs back on that ladder to the middle-class, and give every family the chance that so many of our parents and grandparents had. This responsibility is one that's been missing from Washington for far too long -- a responsibility I intend to take very seriously as president."
- Barack Obama

“A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” - Lyndon Johnson

Many of us have admired a President's successes, believing we would have done the same if we were in their shoes, and many of us have been disappointed by a President's failures, knowing we would have done better if given the opportunity.  It takes a strong and courageous individual to run for the office of President.  But just what is that elusive trait that one must possess to actually become President?  George Washington's sound advice?  "I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."  

By the end of George Washington's first term, and much to his dismay, two political parties were emerging from the one.  He retired at the end of his second term worn weary from politics, and in his Farwell Address, he urged his countrymen to 'forswear excessive party spirit and geographical distinctions.'

Two hundred and fourteen years later, Washington's fears have been realized.  Although the two prominent parties, Democratic and Republican, seem to agree more often than disagree on core issues, the parties are very clearly divided on sensitive issues, such as abortion, gay and minority rights, and the mingling of religion and politics.

Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying "There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing."

What are the top 10 desired Presidential Qualities? 

C-SPAN conducted a survey regarding presidential leadership, and invited 90 historians and presidential experts, as well as viewers, to participate. The survey rated 10 qualities of presidential leadership, which were Public Persuasion, Crisis Leadership, Economic Management, Moral Authority, International Relations, Administrative Skills, Relations with Congress, Vision/Setting Agenda, Pursued Equal Justice For All, and Performance Within Context of Times.  

Which past President was the least 'Presidential' and which seemed to be born to play the part effortlessly? Read the survey below and find out how well your favorite past President scored.

*The 1928 election was between Herbert C. Hoover and Alfred E. Smith.  Neither the standing President nor the Vice President chose to run in this election. However, in 1952, the new President elect was subject to the 22nd Amendment that limited the Presidents office to only eight years. The sitting President, Harry S. Truman, was allowed to proceed with a third term as President, however, he abandoned his campaign after the 1952 New Hampshire primary when he lost to Estes Kefauver.


      The Results for the 2012 Election for President

The map to the right illustra.tes how each party voted.  The Democratic party won 26 states and took 332 electoral votes.  The Republican party won 24 states and took 206 electoral votes.

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Now that the 2012 presidential election is over, there will be much to analyze regarding how each political party performed. The two dominant political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, carried all 50 states. The newly chosen President, Barack Obama, will be sworn in on January 20, 2013. He will now be the 45th President of the United States. This will be the 18th time the Democratic party has won the executive office of the United States. 

There were big changes in the United States Senate, which has gone from 49 Democratic seats, 49 Republican seats, and two Independent seats to 53 Democratic seats, 2 independent seats and 45 Republican seats.  This gives the Democrats an significant majority in the Senate, once again.

There were no surprises in the House of Representatives, which has gone from 193 Democratic seats, 242 Republican seats to 200 Democratic seats and 234 Republican seats.  The Republicans were able to hold onto their majority in the House of Representatives.   


With the election of 2012 over, and the Democratic party keeping control of the Senate and the Republicans keeping control of the House, and with a Democrat in the executive office, what kinds of changes might we see in this country?  Certainly changes to the judiciary will take place. Once in office, the Democrats will begin appointing new Judges from the Supreme Court to the Federal District Courts.  What other changes might occur?  We'll have to wait until January 20, 2013 to find out. 

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The Election Countdown shows how each state voted in past elections.  To see how your state voted in the past, please  CLICK HERE!

Presidential Biographies - Did you know?

John Adams loathed being a Vice President but relished being a President. William Henry Harrison held office just under a month before he died of pneumonia. James Buchanan was the only President who never married. Benjamin Harrison conducted one of the first "front-porch" campaigns, delivering short speeches to delegations.  Harry Truman proposed the expansion of Social Security, a full-employment program, a permanent Fair Employment Practices Act, and public housing and slum clearance. Dwight Eisenhower ordered the complete desegregation of the Armed Forces, stating, "There must be no second class citizens in this country." Lyndon Johnson won the Presidency in 1964 with 61 percent of the vote and had the widest popular margin in American history--more than 15,000,000 votes. 

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