It’s been a crazy night here in the MD newsroom: we’ve seen a contraversial president win a second term, an openly gay woman be elected to the United States Senate, two states legalize recreational marijuana usage and several propositions teeter on the edge between victory and defeat. We’re finishing up the paper right now, but this is us signing off the blog tonight. Keep checking our home page for important updates as more news becomes available, and have a good night.
Here’s a final breakdown of California propositions, as of Mustang Daily’s official press time. Fifty-three percent of precincts have currently been reported. All predictions are as determined by the Los Angeles Times.
Proposition 30 — 52 percent yes, 48 percent no
Proposition 31 — Failed
Proposition 32 — 46 percent yes, 54 percent no
Proposition 33 — 46 percent yes, 54 percent no
Proposition 34 — 46 percent yes, 54 percent no
Proposition 35 — Passed
Proposition 36 — Passed
Proposition 37 — 45 percent yes, 55 percent no
Proposition 38 — Failed
Proposition 39 — Passed
Proposition 40 — Passed
The Mustang Daily staff has gathered to watch the president thank his supporters and family. Obama says the best is yet to come for the people of the United States of America: “While each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we will rise and fall together as one nation and as one people.”
Wisconsin has chosen the first openly gay person in U.S. history to serve in the Senate with its decision to elect Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D). The current House representative defeated former-governor Tommy Thompson (R), according to the Washington Post.
In addition, Maryland and Maine voted to approve same-sex marriage. This made them the first states in the nation to pass such a measure in a vote, according to Los Angeles Times.
The California Secretary of State has published new voting numbers with 20 percent of state votes counted:
Proposition 30 is losing with 48.4 percent in favor.
Proposition 37 is losing with 42.5 percent in favor.
Jan Marx is winning the San Luis Obispo Mayoral race with 63.34 percent of the vote.
Mitt Romney has officially conceded to President Barack Obama in front of supporters in Boston, Mass. He said he had already called the president to wish him luck during the next four years, and thanked the audience for their continued support. Romney also asked for biartisanship from Washington’s new congress, saying that “our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work.”
Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong visited the Mustang Daily newsroom tonight, calling the election-night coverage by more than 40 student journalists “learn by doing in action.”
Just minutes after posting his “Four more years” tweet, President Obama now holds the record for the most popular tweet of all time, taking the honor from none other than Justin Bieber. Buzzfeed is reporting that the tweet received more than 226,000 retweets and 72,800 favorites just 22 minutes after going online.
The Mustang Daily newsroom is still packed with journalists staying on top of the latest news…and food. Lots of food.
With the presidential race all but decided, we now turn to cover state races that will impact students. With 11 percent of votes in, Proposition 30 — a new tax which will result in an automatic tuition increase if it does not pass — is behind, but just barely, at 47 percent approval. Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified food, is also behind with just 42 percent of voters in favor of it. And more locally, San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx is building up her lead and has claimed 65 percent of the votes already in.
Thousands are cheering in Iowa for President Obama, who just won CNN’s official projection. This gives Obama 249 electoral votes, according to CNN, just 21 away from the 270 necessary to capture the presidency. Winning Iowa in the 2008 election was crucial to the president’s victory when he captured the state with just half the vote. Iowa is an important swing state to win over because northwest Iowa nearly always votes Republican, and the east-central part of the state favors the Democratic party. Though the state only carries six electoral votes, it could be a deciding factor in this election.
Though California polls will soon close, don’t expect to know the outcome of one of the highest profile races this year: Lois Capps vs. Abel Maldonado for a seat representing parts of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in the United States House of Representatives. Perhaps the closest local race will be for the 23rd Congressional District seat between the two. The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports the district will be much more competitive than in elections past, due to a state comission’s recent redrawing of district boundaries. These boundaries used to favor Capps, but will likely be more balanced this time around.
Pennsylvania, a state where Romney staged a last-minute push in during this past week, has been taken by Obama, according to CNN. For those of you following the numbers, it’s going to be a close race. CNN reports that Obama is close behind Romney in electoral votes: Romney has 152 votes and Obama has 143. Obama is currently behind by 2 percent in the popular vote.
Nate Honeycutt, a psychology junior who recently released a summary of voter affiliation from every member of Cal Poly faculty and staff, as well as administrators, told Mustang Daily the message from faculty and students today on campus was clear: “Wake up and seize the opportunity to be a part of the process.” Honeycutt says he spent nearly 100 hours compiling the data for his website during summer, and released the findings this past Thursday.
Political science professors Michael Latner and Allen Settle explained the importance of younger voters during the lead up to this election. Now, putting that in context, CNN is reporting that just 16 percent of votes in Florida, a key battleground state, were cast by voters younger than 30 years old. We’re closely watching Florida and other toss-up states as more projections are coming in.
Some of the first states in the presidential election are coming in with results, and CNN is on top of the polling. Obama has taken 64 electoral votes so far, while Romney lags slightly behind with 56, according to CNN. Some of the states that have been named key battlegrounds are still too close to call, such as Florida, New Hampshire and Ohio. Here on campus, students are still lined up in the Julian A. McPhee University Union to cast their vote with less than three hours left of polling.
This is Sean McMinn checking in from the Mustang Daily newsroom, where we’ll be monitoring the election all night. Cal Poly students have lined up on campus all day to cast their vote in the Julian A. McPhee University Union. Throughout the night, we’ll be specifically watching races that affect Cal Poly students: the battle over Proposition 30, the San Luis Obispo mayoral race, the highly publicized U.S. House of Representatives race and, of course, both campaigns for the next president of the United States.