ELECTIONS 2012 FINISH LINE hi 43° | lo WEDNESDAY 26° november 7, 2012 t h e i n de pe n de n t s t u de n t n e w spa pe r of s y r acuse , n e w yor k INSIDENEWS INSIDEOPINION INSIDEPULP INSIDESPORTS At the polls Though hundreds of people hit Rallying for relief SU officals waited too long to Wheels on the bus Meet the eccentric singing Shipping off After months of preparation, Syracuse and San voting stations across Syracuse, each had their own story to tell. Page 7 anounnce plans to aid Sandy victims. Page 5 bus driver on campus. Page 13 Diego State will meet on an aircraft carrier in the Battle on the Midway on Sunday. Page 24 ENCORE Obama beats out Romney, wins re-election By Evan Bianchi and Chelsea DeBaise P THE DAILY ORANGE resident Barack Obama took the stage at McCormick Place in Chicago on Tuesday night to the deafening chant of “four more years” and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” blasting over speakers. The thousands in the crowd got what they asked for. Obama won the election and will serve a second term. The incumbent Democratic president surpassed Republican candidate and former Gov. Mitt Romney in battleground states Ohio and Virginia. These states were crucial in giving Obama more than the 270 electoral votes necessary to secure the presidency. As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, Obama had 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 206, with Florida and its 29 votes as the only state that had not been won. Obama took the stage at McCormick Place in Chicago at 1:40 a.m. with his wife and two children by his side. His family left moments before he began to speak so that he could silently bask in the chants of the crowd. “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back,” Obama said. “We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.” Obama was first named the projected winner by NBC at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. Other news sources followed suit after Obama’s projected win in the swing state of Ohio. While Romney was leading in Ohio until 9:39 p.m., Obama had a 4.7 per- cent lead by 9:56 p.m. He maintained a lead in Ohio for the rest of the night. Romney gave a speech at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center at 12:55 a.m., conceding the presidency to Obama. “I ran for office because I’m concerned about America,” Romney said. He acknowledged his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, emphatically discussing the dedication both he and Ryan SEE OBAMA PAGE 7 Maffei ahead of Buerkle Editor’s note: This story originally ran on Democracywise, an SU-based website with stories from political reporting students. By Stephanie Bouvia DEVELOPMENT EDITOR In a tight race, Democrat Dan Maffei was predicting he will reclaim a seat in the House in his rematch against U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill. “Central New York now has its own Comeback Kid,” Maffei announced to supporters at Pensabene’s Casa Grande on State Fair Boulevard, the Democratic Party headquarters on Election Night. He was echoing a description made famous by Bill Clinton in his campaign for the presidency. As of 12:15 a.m., with 91 percent of the vote counted, Maffei led Buerkle 50 percent to 42 percent, according to unofficial results from across the 24th Congressional District. The 24th Congressional District includes Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, and Western Oswego County. The Maffei-Buerkle race had gained national attention because the Democrats were fighting to regain control of the House. Before Election Day, the Republicans held the majority with 240 seats to the Democrats’ 190. Five seats were open with no incumbent. To gain control of the House, the Democrats needed 28 additional seats. In 2010, Maffei was the incumbent in the then-25th Congressional District. He lost to Buerkle by 648 votes. This year’s race for the redistricted and renamed 24th Congressional District was considered one of the closest races in the United States. As of Nov. 3, Buerkle and Maffei were tied at 44 percent each of voters saying they would cast their ballot for either one, according to a Siena Research Institute poll. The poll’s margin of error is 3.8 percent. At Pensabene’s Casa Grande, where the Democratic Party gathered for vote-watching on Election Night, Maffei was absent for most of the night. But when he arrived shortly after midnight, he was all smiles. “We do still have some votes to count, but at this point, I am confident that when all the votes are counted, I will be your next congressman,” Maffei SEE MAFFEI PAGE 6 lauren murphy | asst. photo editor DAN AND ABBY MAFFEI, Democratic candidate for the 24th Congressional District race and his wife, celebrate what many are already calling a win for Maffei in a 2010 rematch against Ann Marie Buerkle.