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132 YEARS IN PRINT VOL. CXXXIII ISSUE LVVVVIII THE AWARD-WINNING INDEPENDENT STUDENT-RUN NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI AMERICA HOPES AGAIN FREE - ADDITIONAL COPIES $1 WEDNESDAY | NOVEMBER 7 | 2012 LAUREN PURKEY | PHOTO EDITOR AMERICA LEANS FORWARD Barack Obama made his final, and ultimately resolute, pitch to a crowd of more than 15,000 at the University of CIncinnati’s Fifth Third Bank Arena. Hamilton County — where Cincinnati is located — was called one of the three swing counties in the three most important swing states in America for the 2012 presidential election. PROJECTIONS COULD NOT STOP RE-ELECTION Obama wins second term in extremely close race Despite Ohio, Florida being too close to call, Romney concedes presidential race just before 1 a.m. B JASON M. HOFFMAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF arack Obama fended off a spirited challenge on Super Tuesday to retain his residency at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. With most precincts reporting as of press time, and all major outlets calling the election, Obama won enough key swing states to ensure a recount in either Florida or Ohio would not change the outcome of the Electoral College vote. Days before Super Tuesday, national polls had Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a dead heat, and as of press time neither candidate conceded the election. From the White House, Obama Tweeted “Four More Years” along with a picture of he and First Lady Michelle Obama embracing on a gloomy day. Less than a two-hour flight away, in Boston, the former Massachusetts governor — behind in polls according to most media outlets — refused to concede anything with a recount looming in Florida, and possibly, Ohio. Locally, Rep. Stev Chabot (R-Ohio) expressed concern over the future of America. “So many people are really concerned about what a second Obama presidency could mean, and I think it’s really going to come down to Ohio,” Chabot said. Ultimately, Ohio’s vote proved to be the final nail in the coffin of Romney’s presidential aspirations. The race began after Romney defeated a lackluster crowd of LAUREN PURKEY | PHOTO EDITOR GRAND COALITION EFFECTIVE President Barack Obama earned four more years riding a wave of populous support. contenders in the GOP primary — a competition that saw a revolving door of frontrunners come and go before finally yielding to Romney. Then there was the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., where Clint Eastwood performed his infamous empty chair routine, giving plenty of ammunition to pundits looking to criticize the aging celebrity and former mayor of Carmel, Calif. Next up was the DNC convention in Charlotte, N.C., and a chance for Obama to reignite a base that carried him to a decisive victory over Sen. John McCain (Rep.-Ariz.) in 2008. Following the conventions, the race leaned toward Obama by as many as seven percentage points, according to polling services. Then, the fight hit the streets, and the candidates got their negative campaigns going in full swing. In Ohio, there was also an ugly battle for - @BarackObama a seat in the Senate, as Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown defeated Republican Josh Mandel handily, while third-party entities spent millions attempting to use what was thought to be a negative tide against Obama to defeat Brown. And those parties had polling on their side — Romney pulled even with Obama by most accounts, even going ahead in some polling by as much as four points. Then came the debates, and the less-then-impressive showing by Obama in the first debate. Obama followed up with decent performances in the second and third debates, but nothing enough to give him a comfortable margin ahead of Super Tuesday. The election was set to be the closest since the 2000 showdown between former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Al Gore, where Florida was decided by hanging chads and a Supreme Court Ruling. It didn’t disappoint. Throughout the night, partisan crowds gathered and waited to celebrate, but ultimately America would re-elect its first black president. When all the campaign capital was spent, $1,960,360,133 was spent, with Romney’s camp spending $96,333,357 more than the president’s, according to Federal Election Commission filings as of press time. In the end, super-PAC money, an approval rating less than 50 percent, controversial events in the Middle East and lackluster debate performances could not derail the 44th President’s journey toward four more years, and yet another round of sparring with partisan politics on Capitol Hill. “ Four More Years. ” *As of press time, Va. and Fla. were too close to call, but neither would effect the election. 47 51 48 52 49 50 52 50 52 KEY STATES IOWA 52 NC. 51 CO. 47 Brown wins reelection Despite outside spending and third-party super-PACs running negative campaigns, Sherrod Brown wins in landslide victory SEE BROWN | 2 Issue 4 too close to call as polls close in OH City not sure whether or not to give council PENN. 47 OHIO 49 members VA. 49 WIS. 47 guaranteed MI 47 (AS OF PRESS TIME) FLA. NEWSRECORDNEWS@GMAIL.COM | 513.556.5908 49 four-year terms SEE ISSUE 4 | 2

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