Election Edition 2012

The Election & Hurricane Sandy

Week in Rap - Election Edition,
Shout out to the shout out contest,
Let's go...

If you missed the news, you’ve been under a rock,
The next president is Barack, that’s Obama.
Flocab and you don’t have to ponder,
We break down election drama.
It came down to the wire like HBO,
Waiting on results but we didn’t really know.
Till the swing state of Ohio,
Went blue and Romney said, “Oh no.”

He was in Boston, it was really cold,
He gave a speech just to thank all of those,
Who worked so hard just to get him so close.
Obama was over there in Chicago,
It was late at night with the crowd on their toes,
He thanked all those who cast a vote.
Whether for him or Romney, we celebrate the right,
To cast votes for whoever we like
Who voted for who? Here’s the scoop,
Each candidate did better with certain groups.
Romney won more men and white folks,
Plus those over 45 years old.
Obama won more women, that’s the truth,
Plus more minorities and more of the youth.
But it wasn’t just the president that we saw,
What about all of y’all who pass the laws?
Republicans stayed in control of the House,
Of Representatives, yeah they’re in it no doubt.
And the Senate? The Democrats are in it,
That’s not a change from before now is it?
Maryland is marry-land,
You can now marry whoever you want to, man.
Same in Maine, the gay marriage vote passed,
Which is the first time voters ever said yes.
Meanwhile, on the East Coast,
People really need heat, yep and they need clothes.
Yeah and they need homes, like they need gas,
That’s ‘cause of Sandy if you missed it on the recap.
They say the damage is 50 billion bucks,
With a “b” - some feel they’re out of luck.
Like a trampoline ‘cause we’re gonna bounce back,
That’s Flocab with another Week in Rap.
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President Barack Obama won another term.

November 6th was a momentous day as Americans cast their vote to determine the next president. By the end of the night, the winner was clear. Democratic candidate Barack Obama won the election, earning him a second term as America's 44th president. According to the 22nd amendment to the Constitution, presidents are limited to two terms, for a total of eight years in office. Obama hasn't made many promises of big initiatives for his second term, so we'll have to wait and see what he's able to accomplish. Did you think Obama would win? Learn more.

The electoral college, with votes per state

In the days and weeks leading up to the election, political experts were calculating all the possible ways each candidate could win. They paid close attention to swing states - the "battleground states" that could vote either way. On Tuesday night, the nation waited while the TV networks predicted the winner of each swing state. All but one swing state went for Obama, and once Ohio was called, the networks announced Obama had won his reelection. Once again, the vote in Florida was so close that it took days for a winner to emerge (Obama). But unlike in the year 2000, this time it didn't really matter. Obama didn't win as many electoral votes as he did in 2008, but he won enough to secure another term. Do you think we should continue to use the electoral college to elect our president? Learn more.

Many lined up to vote on Tuesday.

When the winner was announced on Tuesday, parts of the country celebrated in the streets, while others were silent and crestfallen. With so many issues facing our country, it seems we're unable to agree over how to solve them. Obama won 313 of the electoral vote and Romney won 225. As of Thursday, it is predicted that Obama won the popular vote with 50% over Romney's 48%. When either candidate won a battleground state, it was by a very narrow margin. The election map showed that the East and West coasts went mostly to Obama, while Romney won many of the states in middle America. Why do you think the country was so clearly divided during this election? Learn more.

President Obama won most of the youth vote.

In any campaign, candidates rely on certain demographics, or groups of people, to vote for them. In this election, these groups clearly helped determine the election. Though Romney was popular among whites, men and those over 45 years old, many political experts believe that Romney's inability to sway the Latino vote cost him the presidency. Women, minorities and voters under 30 favored Obama and made sure there wouldn't be any moving trucks coming to the White House for another four years. Why do you think these groups favored a particular candidate? Learn more.

The Capitol building, home of the Senate and House of Representatives

The presidency was not the only thing at stake on Election Day 2012. Many voters got to choose their congressional representatives - those who write and pass laws. Congress is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Democrats maintained their control of the Senate and won an additional seat. Democrats also won a few seats in the House of Representatives, but the Republicans still remained the majority. This means that President Obama will have to continue to work with a split Congress. Do you think the Democrats and Republicans will be able to work together to pass legislation? Learn more.

A gay marriage supporter outside Minnesota Senate chamber.

On the ballot in some states, voters were given a direct vote to either approve or reject a piece of legislation. This is called a referendum. In Maryland and Maine, voters were presented with the issue of whether gay marriage should be made legal. For the first time in US history, gay marriage was approved at the state level by popular vote. Voters in Washington also approved gay marriage, which the state legislature had legalized earlier this year. Nine of the 50 states have now legalized gay marriage, though previously it had only been through the legislature or the courts. What are the pros and cons of putting laws directly on the ballots for people to vote on? Learn more.

The US Navy helping with recovery efforts in New Jersey.

It has been a week since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, causing power outages, flooding and destructive storm surges, resulting in more than 100 deaths. Now, areas affected by the storm are attempting to rebuild. Officials estimated that it caused $50 billion in economic losses, due to lost business and property damage. This makes Hurricane Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, behind Hurricane Katrina. As the recovery process is slow, charity and volunteer organizations are crucial to providing aid to those in need. Do you think volunteering is important? Learn more.and for information on how you can help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, visit the Red Cross website.
Who won the presidential election?
Barack Obama
Which swing state clinched President Obama's victory?
In what city did Mitt Romney give his concession speech?
What age group voted for Romney more than they voted for Obama?
Voters over 45 years old
What three groups voted more for Obama than the voted for Romney?
Women, minorities and youth
Which party controls the House of Representatives?
The Republicans
Which party controls the Senate?
The Democtrats
What three states voted to allow gay marriage?
Maryland, Maine and Washington
How many dollars worth of damage did Hurricane Sandy cause?
50 billion dollars
OK, time for the BONUS Round...
To answer these questions, you'll need to read the infoboxes.
What is it called when a proposed law is put to the people for a vote?
A referendum
Which state's election results were the slowest to come in?

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