Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Obama Re-elected U.S. President And Puerto Ricans Want Statehood

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

Puerto Ricans voted for change including statehood and recreational marijuana use approved in both Colorado and Washington.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 6, 2012

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, Democrat President Barack H. Obama, 51, was re-elected with 332 Electoral College Votes (ECV) defeating challenger former Republican Governor Mitt Romney, 61, who received 206 ECV ending his political career. The ObamaCare plan is sealed and Americans will embrace its benefits in the future.
Romney failed to attract a majority of the Hispanic and Afro-American vote in the U.S. His anti-immigrant rhetoric only drew minimal Hispanic support and voters. Obama received a majority of the 10% of the Hispanic vote making it the first time a double digit of the Hispanic electorate participated in the election.
The newly elected Latinos to the U.S. Congress were Tony Cardenas, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Dr. Raul Ruiz and Juan Vargas of California; Joaquin Castro, Pete Gallego and Filemon Vela of Texas; Joe Garcia of Florida and Michelle Luján Grisham of New Mexico.
In Wisconsin, Democrat Tammy Baldwin recieved 51% of the vote and defeated Republican challenger former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson who received 46% and ending his political career. Baldwin became the first woman and openly lesbian in Wisconsin to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She will take office on January 3.
Republicans took control once again of the Wisconsin state Senate with 17-15 and are expected to get another seat in several months. They also have control of the Assembly in Wisconsin.
Obama won Wisconsin with 53% of the vote and Romney received 46%. Ohio also went to Obama sealing Romney's fate early in the night after the polls closed. Romney won't seek another political seat, ending his political career.
Obama with 303 ECV also won the popular vote as well.
Democrats kept control of the U.S. Senate by 51, 2 Independent and 44 Republicans. 
Ted Cruz (R-TX) supported by the Tea Party was elected and became the first Cuban-American to be elected from Texas. Cruz joins two other Cuban-Americans, Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the U.S. Senate.
The U.S. House Republicans kept control with 238-197.
The Obama and Romney campaigns spent more than 700 million and in Wisconsin, the Baldwin and Thompson campaigns spent more than 65 million.
In Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 80, easily won re-election for a six term with more than 53% of the vote. Arpaio, is a self proclaim immigration enforcement policy and law enforcer.
Also, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Bebeu, 43, (R) in Arizona won a second term with more than 53% of the vote. Bebeu was known to crack down on illegal immigration into the U.S. He was a candidate for the U.S. Congress, but dropped out abruptly after the Phoenix New Times exposed in February that he was gay and had a falling out with an undocumented immigrant former boyfriend from Mexico who he accused of tampering with his congressional election campaign computers.
Both Colorado and Washington voters approved recreational use of marijuana challenging federal laws.
In Puerto Rico, a two part non binding referendum asking if voters wanted change or status quo and 54% of Puerto Rican voted for change while 46% wanted to remain as status quo. About 61% of Puerto Ricans voted for statehood, while 33% voted for a Sovereign free association and 5% voted for independence.
The U.S. Congress would have to approve statehood for Puerto Rico making it the 51st state.

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