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Editor’s note: Facebook statuses aren’t news

By Heather Scroering

November 12, 2012

We can all rest easier now that election campaigning is over for at least another two years. Some of us are probably exhausted from having unsolicited political opinions squawked at us from all angles on social media. But during this election, I noticed a trend: People saying they were turning away from political issues altogether simply because they felt they had reached their saturation point with ill-informed Facebook poli...

Obama delivers acceptance speech

By Kaley Fowler

November 7, 2012

Just as the crowd began to relax after hours of celebrating President Barack Obama's re-election, the lights in McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, dimmed, and a short film about Obama's personal struggles, political ideology and family values began. The audience cheered consistently from scene to scene and instantly exhibited a surge of enthusiasm once the film was replaced by upbeat songs, once again taking to si...

Results Update

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

Here are the results as of 7:45 p.m.:Tennessee and Arkansas have been called in favor of Romney.New Jersey has gone to Obama. Obama has 79 electoral votes and Romney has 73.Democrats have gained two Senate seats. Twenty-eight House seats have gone to Democrats and 56 to Republicans.

Election results already under scrutiny

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

Lately, we’ve been hearing that the results of today’s election may be so contested that the election won’t be decided by the end of the night, or even a few days after. Claims of voter fraud and questionable polling practices are already popping up.As of 10:20 a.m., the election fraud hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE has received more than 26,000 calls, according to a tweet from the hotline. Various voting problems are being...

Wisconsin elects first openly gay Senator

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

Democrat Tammy Baldwin won a Senate seat in Wisconsin, making her the first openly-gay Senator in U.S. history, according to Slate online magazine.Another important Senate race has been declared, this time in Massachusetts. Democrat Elizabeth Warren will be the first woman Senator for the state after besting incumbent Scott Brown in the most expensive Senate race of this election cycle.  Elizabeth Warren has received a l...

McCormick Place, Obama supporters rejoice

By Kaley Fowler

November 6, 2012

President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term in the White House, beating opponent Mitt Romney after a lengthy and heated battle.Screams erupted from the crowd at McCormick Place as several news organizations pegged Obama victorious in Ohio, a key swing state, which gave him enough electoral votes to secure the presidency.According to network projections, the only swing state Romney won was North Carolina, despite making Election Day...

Popular vote not as decisive

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

Obama’s victory is basically a done deal, but his lead in electoral votes may not be reflected in the popular vote.Although the president has almost 90 more electoral votes than Mitt Romney, the each candidate has just about the same number of votes from the general public. Throughout the day, Romney consistently held a slight lead in the popular vote.This could put liberals in a difficult spot. Many on the left were very...

Marijuana, same-sex marriage legalized in some states

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

By voter referendum, recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in Colorado and Washington, according to the Huffington Post. Oregon’s marijuana referendum has yet to be determined.Voters in Maine passed the a ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage, while initiatives in Minnesota, Maryland and Washington are still up in the air....

Outcome hinges on undecided, experts say

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 5, 2012

This presidential election has proved to be the most expensive in American history, and both candidates have spent a lot of time and money trying  to persuade undecided voters in key swing states.Undecided voters are the most important demographic in the 2012 election, according to Claudia Telles of Chicago Votes, an organization that educates 18–35-year-olds on the importance of voting.Telles noted that some voters who ar...

Fact checking trending in 2012

By Kaley Fowler

October 28, 2012

By Kaley Fowler and Charles Jefferson, Metro Editor and Contributing WriterFact checkers abound in the 2012 presidential election, and they are casting new light on polls and political statements in an effort to properly inform the public.According to Bill Adair, editor of the fact-checking website PolitiFact.org, verifying facts has become crucial in this year’s election because of the vast amount of available information....

Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves future uncertain

By Editorial Board

October 28, 2012

Early voting in Illinois began Oct. 22, which means U.S. House Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd) has secured a spot on the ballot regardless of whether he will be able to perform his duties if re-elected.Jackson was on medical leave this summer and received treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. On July 28, about 7 weeks into his leave, his staff finally released a statement detailing his whereabouts a...

Obama in Chicago to vote

By James Foster

October 26, 2012

President Barack Obama flew into Chicago Thursday afternoon to vote at this home polling station. The Obama campaign is focusing major efforts on getting people to the polls early this election cycle. Early voting in Illinois started October 22 and will continue until Nov. 3 at locations throughout the city.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="https://columbiachronicle.com/soundslides/ob...

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