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The Daily Free Press Year xlii. Volume lxxxiii. Issue XXXVII [ Wednesday, November 7, 2012 The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University ] WEATHER Today: PM Rain/High 44 Tonight: Rain, Wind/ Low 38 Tomorrow: 41/35 Data Courtesy of Obama defeats Romney, wins 4 more years in White House BU students excited for Obama’s second term By Rachel Riley & Amy Gorel Daily Free Press Staff Boston University students watching the election results at BU Central Tuesday night broke into cheers as President Barack Obama was re-elected by a margin of 97 electoral votes, with only Florida votes pending. “I’m relieved,” said Ashley Teamer, a College of Fine Arts senior. “I have a renewed faith in the American people.” Brandon Wood, a College of Arts and Sciences senior, said the U.S. dodged a bullet with the election. “Obama is a step in the right direction, but not as far as I would like,” he said. Bekah Heath, a CAS freshman, said she voted for Obama on her absentee ballot because she gravitated toward his policies regarding women’s rights. “He has a more equal kind of idea in mind when he’s thinking about them [women],” she said. “People don’t give him enough credit for what he’s really accomplished in the past four years.” Jeannette Vasquez, a CAS junior who watched the results at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, said she voted for Obama’s re-election as well. “I voted for President Obama because I feel that he has my best interests in mind in terms of education and healthcare,” she said. Michael Sciortino, a CAS freshman, said he would have voted for Romney but did not because he did not think his vote would make a difference. “It’s not that I so much support Romney, it’s that I’m less than pleased with what Obama did — the debt’s gone up, employment’s gone up — he just didn’t deliver,” he said. Christian Cho, assistant director at the HTC, said BU students in general are more liberal than university students across the country, especially the ones at the viewing party. “It would be interesting to know if we do have conservative students here that Campus, see page 4 PHOTO BY MICHAEL CUMMO/DAILY FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO PHOTO BY KIERA BLESSING/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF President Barack Obama waves with New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Oct. 27, days before Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters as he concedes to incumbent President the election. Obama won with 303 electoral votes and more than 59,000,000 popular votes. Barack Obama early Wednesday. Romney ‘prays’ for Obama to lead nation in right direction By Jasper Craven, Mary Yatrousis & Chris Lisinski Daily Free Press Staff President Barack Obama secured another four years in the White House, defeating former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney by more than 100 electoral votes. The president won his re-election with 303 electoral votes, 97 more than Romney. As of early Wednesday, Obama scored more than 59,403,664 popular votes, while Romney had 56,856,522, according to Politico’s election map. Romney took the stage at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for his concession speech, telling the crowd of supporters that while the election is over, their principles endure. “This is a time of great challenge in America, and I pray that the president is successful in guiding our nation,” he said. “I believe that principles on which this nation was founded are the only sure guides to a resurgent economy and to renewed greatness,” he added. “Like so many of you, Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign.” The 2012 election was Romney’s second run for president. He lost in the Republican the Howard Thurman Center for Common primary election in 2008. Ground. Obama, 51, will begin another term with “I’m relieved, and I have a renewed faith a Democratic majority in the Senate and a in the American people,” said College of Republican-dominated House of Represen- Fine Arts senior Ashley Teamer. tatives, which could lead to potential fricThe Hawaiian native ran for president as tion between a Democratic chief executive a one-term senator and former community and a highly polarized Congress. organizer from Illinois in 2008. He based In his victory speech early Wednesday, his campaign around social issues, foreign Obama told the nation that he has more to policy and major healthcare reform. work on over the next four years, but that Marlo Kalb, a College of Arts and Scithe best is yet to come for the ences freshman, said she voted country. for Obama because she supportElection Night ed his healthcare plan. “In this election, you, the American people, reminded us “ObamaCare really benefits coverage that while our road has been people in the long run,” Kalb hard, our journey has been long, See election night said. “I also like his foreign we have picked ourselves up, as it unfolded in policy, and I think that we have we have fought our way back had a really great presence on a Boston, page 5. and we know in our hearts for global scale since he’s been [in the U.S.A. the best is yet to office].” come,” Obama said to a crowd Alicia Scott, of Hyde Park, of thousands in Chicago. cheered when she heard about Obama’s vicObama supporters in Boston cheered as tory at the Obama for America celebration at new outlets projected Obama as the winner. Brownstone in the South End. Boston University students celebrated Scott, who campaigned on Team Jamaithe president’s re-election at watch parPres. , see page 2 ties hosted by Student Government and Elizabeth Warren reclaims Senate seat for Democrats in victory against Scott Brown By Allison DeAngelis & Nicole Leonard Daily Free Press Staff NEEL DHANESHA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF Elizabeth Warren gives her acceptance speech to supporters at her election night watch party at The Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel Tuesday night. Backed by what her campaign lauded as a “grassroots effort,” Elizabeth Warren reclaimed the Massachusetts Senate seat for the Democratic Party, becoming the Commonwealth’s first female senator on Tuesday. The former Harvard professor and creator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau addressed the crowd of more than 750 people who filled the ballroom of Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel past capacity. “This victory belongs to you — you did this,” Warren said in her victory speech. “You taught a scrappy first-time candidate how to get in the fight and win.” Warren won the election with 54 percent of the electorate, according to results from the Associated Press. The results mark a move back to Massachusetts’ Democratic history — prior to Scott Brown’s election in 2010, Democrats had consistently represented the Commonwealth since 1979. Her win also marked a transition in the Senate, in which Democrats won back seats and held onto a majority. Republicans held the House of Representatives. Although early polling by Public Policy Polling showed Warren with a lead a week after announcing her candidacy in September of 2011, Warren and her opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, ran neck-in-neck for most of the race. Warren survived attacks on her possible Native American heritage and her work with Traveler’s Insurance on an asbestos case. She held firm, saying that Brown was trying to distract the voters from examining his voting history. Both former Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis and U.S. Sen. John Kerry attended Warren’s victory party and congratulated her win. Warren later told the crowd that she wished Brown and his family all of the best. Amid a fired-up crowd at the Park Plaza Hotel, Brown said Democrat U.S. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren won the Senate seat “fair and square.” Senate, see page 3


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