By: Leah Johnson
As the dust on the campaign trail settles, polling sites count their definitive ballots and political commentators nationwide make their latest projections. One lone step remains: to contend with the re-election of President Barack Obama.
Today marks the end of one of the most contentious election seasons in history. Between the history-making 4.2 billion dollar collective campaign costs, memorable presidential debates, Hurricane Sandy emerging in the last week of campaigning and countless verbal missteps across the board voters have been left with no shortage of aspects to consider when heading to the polls.
Students all over campus not only exercised their right to vote today, but scheduled watch parties to ring in the results. Freshman and first-time voter, Lindsay Huth attended the Indiana Daily Student watch party this evening.
“It made it so much more meaningful for me to watch it. I’ve always been interested in politics, but it just made it so much more meaningful knowing that tonight my vote was one of the ones being counted.” Huth said.
Submitting her absentee ballot in her home state of Ohio, made the experience that much more significant, she said.
“My vote could have potentially changed the election. In the end, it didn’t end up being that narrow a margin, but at the time, my vote could have changed the election,” she added.
While Obama may have won the electoral votes necessary for reelection, the democrats still lack the majority in the House of Representatives necessary for full control of Congress. The senate (Democrats have 52 seats, Republicans have 44) is within Democratic control.
Neck-and-neck elections in Indiana also managed to garner national attention. After moderate incumbent Senator Richard Lugar was defeated in the primaries, Tea-Party candidate Richard Mourdock was elected as Indiana’s senate hopeful to run against Democratic candidate, Joe Donnelly. Due in large part to remarks made by Mourdock regarding rape, Donnelly defeated Mourdock and is on his way to join a long history of moderate Indiana senators.
His acceptance speech made his congressional intentions clear.
“I’m not going there as one party’s senator or the other party’s senator, I’m going there as your senator to work for your family. I’m the hired help and I can’t wait to get to work,” Donnelly said.
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