An animated crowd gathered at Golden Hall to watch live election results, many cheering when President Barack Obama won re-election with 303 electoral votes to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s 206. Florida continued to remain an electoral toss up and both candidates were nearly tied in the popular vote when the race was called.
“I can finally sleep,” said one Obama supporter of the tight race, her jeans jacket covered with stickers baring the Obama camp’s logo and various phrases. “I haven’t slept in a week I’ve been so nervous.”
After waiting for what some may call longer than necessary, Romney made his concession speech before supporters in Boston, Massachusetts.
“The nation, as you know, is at a critical point,” Romney said. “At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work.”
Despite the nationwide division made obvious by the popular vote, President Obama seemed to agree, telling his supporters and the country that “the best is yet to come.”
“We are an American family, and we will rise and fall together as one nation and one people,” Obama said.
The San Diego mayoral race has also proven to be a tight bid between former Congressman Bob Filner and City Councilman Carl DeMaio. DeMaio has consistently led Filner by only a slight margin since the polls began reporting, with the current tally being 51 to 49 percent. For live election results on California’s propositions, click here.
All photos by Annie Lane.
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