Presidential Elections 2012: The aftermath

By Paige Mitchell

After an interesting campaign, and nail biting election, President Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States at 11:50 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Some Lincoln University students were extremely excited, while others were disappointed, and others still in shock.

New York native, Tanisha Morris, said, “I was nervous watching the election coverage. I won’t lie, I started to lose faith. But when they announced Obama as the winner, a feeling of joy and excitement came over me. I was proud, I helped make history.”

There were several Election Day events on campus, where students came together for food, fun, and politics as they anticipated the election results together. The Student Government Association sponsored one of the Election Day events which took place in the Student Union Building Multipurpose room.

Vice President of Internal Affairs, Shakeerah Plummer said, “We wanted to create a small fun environment for the students, where they could come out and be informed.”

Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. the campus was tuned into the election. Eyes glued to television screens, watching the amount of electoral votes for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney changed constantly.

Some students feared that Romney had a chance of winning the election, because of the amount of states deemed red in representation of Republican majority vote.

The national media also swayed many opinions of the result, because they downplayed the amount of young voters in 2012. Young adults between the ages of 18-25 played a significant role in Obama’s victory again, specifically African Americans, Latinos, and Asians.

Shanay Scott said, “The election was a very overwhelming experience. I am a first time voter, and I was very excited to see that my vote actually counted. It is amazing to know how much of a difference people can make, when they come together.”

When Obama won California, Democrats grew very excited. Lincoln University students were also pleased to know that Obama won Pennsylvania.

Romney won the overall vote from males, while Obama had the support of women. Obama had more electoral votes, which won him the position of President of the United States.

“The media had us fooled with the inaccurate surveys and public opinions. They had many of us thinking Obama was going to lose. I am so happy he won,” Donnielle Kirkland said.

Lincoln University international Student, Frinnet Montoya from Nicaragua, said, “This experience was one I will never forget. I was very surprised by the calmness and peacefulness on campus during and after the election. In my country the election is intense. The ones competing for the position often get into fights, and work and schools give days off to let people calm down. I was amazed by how polite Romney and Obama were. And I enjoyed taking part in the excitement of the student body.”

The results and the reaction was one student’s would not forget. Regardless, what party you belong to or who you cheer for, if you voted, your voice was heard.

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