There is no doubt the 2012 presidential election will be recorded in the history books as one of the most “diverse” in years.
That diversity was not in the candidates, but in issues that past elections didn’t have:
By the day before the election the campaigns of President Barak Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney had spent more than $1 billion each. The race for Connecticut’s U.S. Senate seat between Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy was plagued with negative campaigning.
A political storm began brewing since Mayor Finch selected a commission to reform the City Charter. The commission came up with a recommendation to give the mayor the authority to appoint members to the Board of Education.
Two days after winning the Democratic primary in the 128th District, on Aug. 15, Christina Ayala was involved in a traffic accident and reportedly fled the scene.
Despite Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s push in his last week of campaigning, President Barack Obama won the election for a second term as president of United States. Although Hurricane Sandy spoiled almost a week of campaigning, the president worked the swing states almost to perfection and won the final victory.
While the Democrats failed to regain control of the House of Representatives, they kept the Republicans from taking the Senate.
Obama collected 303 electoral votes. He needed only 270 to win the election. Romney won 206 electoral votes. Final figures showed the president received almost 56 million votes while Romney got close to 55 million, and so Obama won the popular vote as well.
What seemed to be an easy target for Obama turned into a nightmare. By the last day of campaign it was a dead heat. Both candidates have been involved in several verbal confrontations in their quest for the presidency.
Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill estimated that 75 to 80 percent of the state’s registered voters turned out.
Obama was holding a considerable advantage before the first presidential debate. But some key errors during the debate gave momentum to Romney, which he kept through the end of the campaign.
According to the elections Finance Department, each candidates’ campaign spent more than $1 billion and together they bought three-quarters of a million ads. Most of the ads ran on television. During the last few days, the candidates used the Internet as well, including social media, to woo voters.
Romney blamed Obama for spending taxpayers’ money without reservation. In several appearances the Republican candidate made the point that grandchildren of this election’s voters, for decades after the election is over, will be paying for the debts created by President Obama.
On the other hand, the president stated that he inherited a country with enormous problems-and his spending is just the result of a situation created by former Republican President George Bush.
Hispanic leaders nationwide have criticized Obama for being too conservative on immigration. They said that since Obama took office, Hispanics have experienced the worst deportation numbers.
In an effort to grab the Hispanic voters nationwide, Obama managed to pass the so-called policy “Deferred Action.” Under this policy, children of immigrants who came into United States illegally and grew up in the country will have the opportunity to apply for a permit that will last two years. With the permits the youngsters will have the right to work.
Both candidates spent in advertising close to 40 percent more than the amount spent in the 2008 campaign. According to a Wesley study, Obama aired 503,000 ads since June 1, compared to Romney’s 191,000.
There was no doubt the president would win Connecticut, which is considered a blue state.
At Central High School, Jeff Cruz said he voted for the president because he deserved four more years. “It was difficult to solve so much in only four years,” he said.