I‘ve been asked by one of our blog followers where the information for our last blog on the US elections comes from. Was the framework drawn from some wider blogging source? If only! The short answer is that we’ve been reading loads of newspapers and blogs, searching the web, talking to people, listening to a supporters’ web conference call with Barack Obama and watching television. All to try to get a fair overview of US style 2012 electioneering.
I should add that we’ve also been out on the streets in Seattle, picking up vibes from anywhere that looks promising. Our picture above was taken on 4th November, two days before the election, when the family was out for an early Sunday breakfast in Queen Anne’s 5 Spot diner. The numbers chalked on the windows tell the story – 23,109 and 17,160. Entry by the left blue door is a vote recorded for Obama and by the right red door is a vote for Romney. The percentages are not far different from the final voting figures for Washington State – 55.3% for Obama and 42.4% for Romney!
Though the BBC has had a big presence in the US for the election, they did not get that indicator! And a careful reading of our original post, ‘US Elections matter’ also shows that the first three words (‘Four more years’) of the post were to be the tweet from Obama posted on Twitter when he was sure he had won.
Interesting? Why yes, because this three word tweet has of today been re-tweeted a record 802,000 times! (See tweet and photo opposite) It’s an indicator of the extent to which the new social media has been used with such success by the Democratic campaign. Our UK blog followers know they first read these words a day earlier!
For the record Obama received 50.5% (61,122,638) of the popular vote, while Romney received 48% (58,130,991). This represents 332 seats to 206 seats in the Electoral College. Votes cast represented about 54.5% of total voters. Of the 9 ‘battle ground’ states, Obama took 8 with 49.9% to 52.8% of the votes cast.