– By Catherine Baxter, News Editor
Cries of victory could be heard around campus late Tuesday night as Barack Obama was reelected as the 44th President of the United States, over Governor Mitt Romney.
The election was extremely close all night. However, as President Obama began to claim swing states across the country, the election swung in his favor.
Romney suffered a hard blow when his own home state of Massachusetts was secured by Obama, a state that Romney believed he had.
Obama secured the election with a final count of 303 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win the election. Romney had 206 of the electoral votes.
Although the electoral votes made it extremely apparent who won the election, the popular vote was extremely close throughout the night. The final count of the popular vote was 50% for Obama and 48% for Romney.
Many changes for the country can be seen coming out of this election. Not only was the first openly gay senator elected, but two states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana (see inside for full details of other national changes).
Throughout the day and night, Red Hawks participated in the election through not only voting, but live coverage of the election.
Residents all over campus were able to take shuttles to cast their votes. Buses full of students traveled to St. George’s Anitochian Orthodox Church and Mt. Hebron Middle School throughout the day, making sure their voices were heard.
Later in the day, the School of Communication and Media in conjunction with WMSC had a live three-hour show of election coverage.
Election desk reporter, student Samantha Roth, looked at the interactive electoral maps and was ready for breakdowns as soon as anything on the map changed. There were also reporters across campus calling into the show with interviews by students.
The show was hosted by Jack Smith, a junior broadcast major, and Kaitlyn Schoeffel, a sophomore broadcast major.
A few guests of the show included Debbie Gallant of NJ News Commons and Bridget Harrison, a professor of political science.
“We went out over 90.3 FM and people streamed us on our website,” said Smith. “The goal of the show was to provide comprehensive local election reporting with down to earth analysis of electoral votes as they came in. One of the things that motivated the show was that so much of the national news cycle is obsessively dedicated to presidential coverage that we marginalize coverage of congressional and senatorial races.”
Throughout the night, there was also coverage of the election in various places across the university. For example, there was a livestream going on in the main conference room of University Hall until midnight, so students could watch live election coverage until the official decision was made at approximately 11:00 p.m.
Other residence halls across campus provided resources for students to watch the election.
There will be a post-election forum held on Nov. 12. The forum will be hosted by Merrill Brown, Director of the School of Communication and Media. The event is open to all students free of charge, but there is limited space. Students interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
However, the most successful part of this year’s election coverage was how much students were involved. The entire youth vote this year increased nearly 20 percent.
Many students expressed their voices and were happy with the outcome of the election.
“I feel like it’s a great victory for college students. I’m more hopeful about my future,” said Greg McManus, sophomore. “I feel that with the extra four years, Obama can really fix the economy in the way Romney couldn’t. Crisis averted.”
Most students were looking simply for a change in the economy.
“It really wasn’t a matter of who won, it was that the economy needs to get better by the end of this term,” said Garland Dance, sophomore. “This is the main factor that should have been considered. As students who will be graduating towards the end of his term, we need to see significant economic improvement to guarantee our success in the future.”
No matter who won, Red Hawks across campus definitely raised their voices in this election, making an impact on the entire country.