Thursday 6 November 2008

Final US election results

My mate David at KiwiBlog, has done a good summary of the US election results:

The final electoral college counts looks to be 364 for Obama and 174 for McCain. North Carolina and Missouri are not final but look to go to Obama and McCain respectively. That is around the scale of Clinton in 1996 who won by 379 to 159.

On the popular vote Obama has 63,687,862 to 56,283,891 for McCain - 53% to 46%. Obama got around 1,600,000 more votes that Bush did in 2004.

The states Obama picked up from Bush are Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.

In the Senate the Democrats did quite well but well back on their target of. They started with 51 seats (including two Independents) and now have 56 - picking up North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Colorado. Sadly they did not defeat Ted Stevens in Alaska.

In the House they picked up 19 seats and the balance is now 254 to 174 with 7 undecided.

The exit poll results are quite interesting also:

  • Obama vs McCain was 49% to 48% amongst men and 56% to 43% amongst women
  • White men went McCain 57% to 41% and white women 53% to 46%
  • Blacks went 95% for Obama
  • Latinos around 67% for Obama
  • McCain won over 65s 53% to 45% while Obama won under 30s by 66% to 32%
  • Obama won amongst the 6% earning over $200K by 52% to 46%
  • 14% of white Democrats voted for McCain while 8% of white Republicans voted for Obama
  • 20% of Conservatives voted Obama
  • 11% were first time voters and they went Obama 69% to 30%

And then there were state ballots:

  • Arizona voted to bay gay marriage and hiring illegal immigrants
  • Arkansas banned gay couples adopting children
  • California also voted to ban gay marriage but against for parental notification of teenage abortions
  • Colorado voted to end against ending affirmative action and not to ban abortion by defining human life as beginning at conception
  • Florida voted to ban gay marriage
  • Maryland voted to allow a video lottery
  • Massachusetts voted not to repeal state income tax
  • Michigan voted to allow medical marijuana and stem cell research
  • Nebraska voted to end affirmative action
  • South Dakota voted not to ban abortion except for mother’s health, incest or rape
  • Washington voted to allow doctor-assisted suicide

Many of the state polls will be found to be unconstitutional and never put into effect incidentally.

Finally, Obama's speech yesterday was truly inspirational and historic for a President-elect...

  • "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

    It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

    It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

    You can read the full speech here...

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