Student Reactions: Election 2012


After being neck and neck throughout the election on Nov. 6, President Barack Obama pulled ahead of former candidate Mitt Romney after he won the electoral vote of Ohio, a swing state.

After winning the swing states, Obama was re-elected with 303 electoral votes, while Romney finished with only 206. Obama also won the popular vote by less than 3 million.

Other than the big news of the presidential election, one third of the State Senate was elected as well, and again the Democrats had the advantage in the State Senate as well.

From Obama’s Victory Speech:

“Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.” — President Obama

From Romney’s Concession Speech:

“I believe in America. I believe in the people of America. And I ran for office because I’m concerned about America. This election is over, but our principles endure.” — former presidential candidate Romney


Student Reactions

“I had a feeling that Obama was going to win. I was surprised he won bigger than I thought he was going to.” — sophomore Esther Yu

“I don’t really have anything to say about it. No matter what we aren’t going to be satisfied with our president. We are all going to complain.” — junior Madi Jarmusch

“I am glad Obama won. No offense to Romney, but I didn’t like his morals. Obama was definitely the better choice.” — freshman Shannon Bartkoski

“How did America not learn from first term? I’m really disappointed that we couldn’t get some real leadership in office.” — freshman Alex Schnittker

“I’m really glad how turned out. I’m for Obama, and I really didn’t like the things Romney said about what he would do. Like about taking away gay rights about marriage. Not cool. So I was thrilled that Obama won.” — sophomore Guin Ragan