Barack Obama won a re-election tonight after a crucial win in Ohio pushed him over 270 Electoral Votes needed to win the presidency. You can read more details here. You can see the live stream of split-sided reactions at the Obama and Romney headquarters here.
After the victory was officially announced, Barack Obama’s team tweeted the following:
And on one final side note, Colorado legalized marijuana tonight.
Sure, everyone’s got their faces glued to the Presidential Election tonight, but let’s not allow that to overshadow the fact that Wisconsin has just chosen seven-term congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to replace Herb Kohl in the Senate. Although Tammy, who is openly gay, says her sexual orientation wasn’t an issue during the campaign, she’s not opposed to talking about it. This past week, she spoke with The Guardian about what it’d be like to have an open member of the LGBT community part of the U.S. Senate:
If you are not in the room, the conversation is about you…if you are in the room, the conversation is with you. We never had an openly LGBT member of the U.S. Senate, and even though there are strong pro-equality allies who serve there, it has always been a conversation about a group of people. So this changes everything.
Mitt Romney has officially introduced U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his Vice Presidential running mate on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia. All eyes are turned to Ryan’s intensely controversial and conservative budget proposal which is said to cut billions in federal spending as well as repeal Barack Obama’s health care law. The proposal would call for more tax cuts, a drastic reduction in food stamp programs, and would turn Medicaid into a voucher program.
In the past, Ryan supported efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, so it’s no wonder that upon hearing news of Mitt Romney’s pick, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Center, spoke out against the choice:
The more that women learn about Mitt Romney’s positions, the more troubled they are by his candidacy…Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee further shows why he is out of touch and wrong for women.
Many believe that picking a young, controversial and deeply conservative running mate may work in Romney’s favor, hoping that it will incline those who otherwise would have stayed home in November to come vote, although the controversies surrounding Paul Ryan may prove to work against Romney.
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