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Nov. 7, 2012

Election Results: Barack Obama and Joe Biden win reelection

by Grace Hill, Online Managing Editor
ELECTORAL COUNT: OBAMA (303)-ROMNEY (206)

Who do you think will win the election?
  • Barack Obama
  • Mitt Romney
  • Third-Party Candidate
Discuss this Poll
Who will win Election 2012? This seems like the question that has been on everyone's mind lately. As the country holds its breath, Silver Chips Online will be there with an update as all 50 states report the votes recorded today. For the long-awaited answer to this question, stick around.

UPDATES:

President Barack Obama wins reelection for a second term. Megan Pavillar
President Barack Obama wins reelection for a second term.
12:06 a.m., Nov. 7: It is now definite that President Obama will serve four more years! The Romney campaign is contesting the earlier call that Ohio would be in favor of Obama. However, at this point, even if Governor Romney does win Ohio, it would not change the result. Silver Chips Online will post the final results tomorrow. Thanks for staying tuned!

President Obama beat Governor Romney in the electoral vote, 303-206. Courtesy of Real Clear Politics
President Obama beat Governor Romney in the electoral vote, 303-206.
11:20 p.m., Nov. 6: It is likely that President Obama and Vice President Biden will serve another term. The electoral count is now 235-174, in favor of Obama.

10:44 p.m., Nov. 6: Pennsylvania and New Hampshire are now solidly in President Obama's camp, with Minnesota and Iowa also leaning to re-elect the current president. Governor Romney has clinched Utah, with both Montana and Arizona leaning toward him, as well. Romney is narrowly leading the popular vote 14,722,592 to 14,409,034 for Obama.

The current electoral map projecting Obama as the winner of the 2012 election. Courtesy of Real Clear Politics
The current electoral map projecting Obama as the winner of the 2012 election.
9:36 p.m., Nov. 6: Maine, Maryland, New York, Michigan and New Jersey are all now solidly towards President Obama and Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico are also leaning towards Obama. Many Midwest and Southern states have been called in favor of Governor Romney, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Wyoming, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. States that are also leaning towards Romney consist of Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

8:28 p.m., Nov. 6: Illinois, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island are now solidly towards President Obama. Missouri is now leaning towards Governor Romney. Romney is still winning in terms of popular vote, 5,241,591 votes to Obama's 4,766,691.

8:01 p.m., Nov. 6: North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio and Florida are both now leaning towards President Obama, and South Carolina and Oklahoma are both solidly for Governor Romney, with Tennessee leaning towards him as well.

7:40 p.m., Nov. 6: West Virginia went to Governor Romney, with Georgia and South Carolina also leaning that direction. Romney is still winning.

7:30 p.m., Nov. 6: South Carolina and New Hampshire are now leaning towards President Obama, and Virginia and Florida are leaning towards Governor Romney. If they maintain these leads, the electoral vote tally will be 61-16, favoring Romney.

6:53 p.m., Nov. 6: According to Politico, the first two states, Indiana and Kentucky, went to Governor Romney for a total of 19 electoral votes. The third state to report, Vermont, went to President Obama for a total of 3 electoral votes.

4:22 p.m., Nov. 6: Though no states have announced their results yet, check back around 6 p.m. for the first few reports. According to Politico, the first few states, in terms of poll closings, are Indiana and Kentucky.

3:14 p.m., Nov. 6: A Huffington Post model estimate shows that out of the 588 polls the staff is tracking, most predict that President Obama is winning the general election 48.1 percent to Governor Romney's 46.7 percent.

2:55 p.m., Nov. 6: The American Research Group (ARG)'s poll found the two candidates tied at 49 percent each with two percent of likely voters still undecided.

2:32 p.m., Nov. 6: Gallup's final 2012 pre-election presidential survey reported that 49 percent of likely voters support the Romney/Ryan ticket whereas 48 percent of likely voters support the Obama/Biden ticket. This suggests that Romney might win the popular vote.

7:37 p.m., Nov. 5: Columnist and statistician Nate Silver of the New York Times expressed on his blog "Five Thirty Eight" that President Obama has an 86.3 percent chance of winning the election, whereas Governor Romney has a 13.7 percent chance.

7:16 p.m., Nov. 5: A Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll found that 55 percent of likely voters believe that President Obama will win the election this year, as opposed to 35 percent who believe that Governor Romney will win and 10 percent who had no opinion.

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Additional reporting from Brittany Cheng and Hannah Lynn.



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  • Skeptical on November 6, 2012 at 4:07 PM
    I'd like to point out the student poll on the side of this article. I'm an avid Obama supporter, and if I could vote, I would be. However, so far the poeple who have voted on this have said that Obama-60% and Mitt Romney-35%. I think this just goes to show how biased this part of the country is. We live in an overwhelmingly liberal area and therefore honestly say 'OBAMA WILL WIN!' when in reality, even the most well-known political predictors are split on who will win this election.
    • Alex B. (View Email) on November 7, 2012 at 7:44 PM
      Of what are you skeptical? It's evident that Blair is full of young, educated people in a liberal area, so it is extremely Democratic. An article last year about the few Republican students referred to them as "dots of red in a sea of blue." I am surprised that so many who voted were pessimistic about it.

      I feel the ~40 people who chose Third Party were either out of it or simply rigging the result. Third party candidates have never received more than the electoral votes of a state or so.
  • Anthony (View Email) on November 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM
    The betting sites have already decided Obama will win, and they are a reliable guide. So is job approval which has zoomed for Obama last week. Exit polls asking Who do you think will win? is the third good guide.

    Very unlikely that Romney will pull anything out of the bag now.
  • virgina (View Email) on November 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM
    I really hope Romney will win sooo close I belive god will change our minds did you know if those adds change your mind dont belive them you still have time to vote if you think it's not important than...
  • Fact Check on November 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM
    We still don't know who the 45th president will be. Barack Obama remains the 44th president today.

    We'll find out in 2016, though.
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