CHICAGO, IL – American voters doubled down and gave President Obama another four years to get things right in the country.
Despite fears election results could drag on for days, Mitt Romney conceded 6 hours after the polls closed.
The preliminary numbers show Obama won by about 2.5 million in the popular vote, and came away with 97 more Electoral College votes.
‘It didn’t go the way I thought it was going to go,’ David Kochinski told us. ‘I was a big Romney supporter. But I guess I just have to live with it and in four years, hopefully, things will turn out better. ‘
I was very pleased, and I’m excited about the next four years and the future this country has in store,’ said Katie Oliver. ‘As far as all the social issues, gay marriage, and things of that sort, I was also in support of that. That’s another reason I did vote for Obama.’
I do feel as though he is very open-minded. I feel as though he is not for just the upper, middle, or lower class. He is for everyone.’
Over at the 59 Diner, Mighel Dominquez told us ‘I`m actually the same way I was yesterday and the year before.’
And he’s not the only one. In fact, except for some names and a few other changes, things look about the same in Washington, with the same guys in the White House, Democrats still in control of the Senate, and Republicans keeping their majority in the House.
There were big changes in some states as voters in Maine said it is okay for same-sex couples to marry, and voters in Maryland supported a new law allowing same-sex marriages.
In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin made history by becoming that state’s first ‘openly gay’ United States senator, and Wisconsin’s first female senator.
Elizabeth Warren, the University of Houston graduate and professed Native American, won her first political campaign to become the new senator from Massachusetts.
In Missouri, incumbent Claire Mc-Caskill beat off Republican challenger Todd Akin who lost favor with Republicans with his ‘legitimate rape’ quote.
And, in Indiana, Republican Richard Mourdock won the ire of Republicans around the country by losing the Senate race after dragging God’s will into the subject of pregnancy after rape.
Of course, some things didn’t change. ‘There was a message sent to us by the American people based on the campaign and that is – people making all this money have to contribute a little bit more,’ said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Let’s hope we’re not stuck with four more years of Groundhog Day.