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Obama wins re-election

Despite slow economic recovery, Ohio, other swing states go for president

David Charles, Lawrence, back right, hugs Sam Stepp, Prairie Village, front, as President Barack Obama is announced as the victor in the presidential race, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Local democrats gathered at The Dynamite Saloon, 821 Massachusetts to watch the results come in. At left is Kansas University senior Vanessa Phillips, Wichita. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo

David Charles, Lawrence, back right, hugs Sam Stepp, Prairie Village, front, as President Barack Obama is announced as the victor in the presidential race, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Local democrats gathered at The Dynamite Saloon, 821 Massachusetts to watch the results come in. At left is Kansas University senior Vanessa Phillips, Wichita. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo

November 6, 2012, 10:37 p.m. Updated November 7, 2012, 12:22 a.m.

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Lawrence resident Elizabeth Stewart, right, reacts as it is announced that Iowa's electoral votes will go to President Barack Obama during a democrat watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at The Dynamite Saloon, 821 Massachusetts.

Lawrence resident Elizabeth Stewart, right, reacts as it is announced that Iowa's electoral votes will go to President Barack Obama during a democrat watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at The Dynamite Saloon, 821 Massachusetts.

President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and winning four more years in office despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions.

"This happened because of you. Thank you" Obama tweeted to supporters as he celebrated four more years in the White House.

Romney telephoned the president, then spoke to disappointed supporters in Boston. In a graceful concession, he summoned all Americans to pray for the president and urged the night's winners to put partisan bickering aside and "reach across the aisle" to tackle the nation's problems.

After the costliest — and arguably the nastiest — campaign in history, divided government seemed alive and well.

Democrats retained control of the Senate with surprising ease. Republicans were on course for the same in the House, making it likely that Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Obama's partner in unsuccessful deficit talks, would reclaim his seat at the bargaining table.

At Obama headquarters in Chicago, a huge crowd gathered waving small American flags and cheering. Supporters hugged each other, danced and pumped their fists in the air. Excited crowds also gathered in New York's Times Square, at Faneuil Hall in Boston and near the White House in Washington, drivers joyfully honking as they passed by.

With votes counted in 75 percent of the nation's precincts, Obama held a narrow advantage in the popular vote, leading by about 25,000 out of more than 99 million cast.

But the president's laserlike focus on the battleground states allowed him to run up a 303-203 margin in the competition for electoral votes, where the White House is won or lost. It took 270 to win.

Obama captured Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and Nevada, seven of the nine states where the rivals and their allies poured nearly $1 billion into dueling television commercials.

Romney was in Massachusetts, his long and grueling bid for the presidency at an unsuccessful end.

He won North Carolina among the battleground states.

Florida remained too close to call, a state where there were long lines of voters kept the polls open in some areas well past the appointed poll close time..

The election emerged as a choice between two very different visions of government — whether it occupies a major, front-row place in American lives or is in the background as a less-obtrusive facilitator for private enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The economy was rated the top issue by about 60 percent of voters surveyed as they left their polling places. But more said former President George W. Bush bore responsibility for current circumstances than Obama did after nearly four years in office.

That bode well for the president, who had worked to turn the election into a choice between his proposals and Romney's, rather than the simple referendum on the economy during his time in the White House.

Unemployment stood at 7.9 percent on election day, higher than when he took office. And despite signs of progress, the economy is still struggling after the worst recession in history.

There was no doubt about what drove voters to one candidate or the other.

About 4 in 10 said the economy is on the mend, but more than that said it was stagnant or getting worse more than four years after the near-collapse of 2008. The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and a group of television networks.

In the battle for the Senate, Democrats won seats currently held by Republicans in Indiana and Massachusetts.

In Maine, independent former Gov. Angus King was elected to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe. He has not yet said which party he will side with, but Republicans attacked him in television advertising during the race, and Democrats rushed to his cause.

Polls were still open in much of the country as the two rivals began claiming the spoils of a brawl of an election in a year in which the struggling economy put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions.

The president was in Chicago as he awaited the voters' verdict on his four years in office. He told reporters he had a concession speech as well as victory remarks prepared. He congratulated Romney on a spirited campaign. "I know his supporters are just as engaged, just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today" as Obama's own, he added.

Romney reciprocated, congratulating the man who he had campaigned against for more than a year.

Earlier, he raced to Ohio and Pennsylvania for Election Day campaigning and projected confidence as he flew home to Massachusetts. "We fought to the very end, and I think that's why we'll be successful," he said, adding that he had finished writing a speech anticipating victory but nothing if the election went to his rival.

But the mood soured among the Republican high command as the votes came in and Obama ground out a lead in critical states.

Like Obama, Vice President Joe Biden was in Chicago as he waited to find out if he was in line for a second term. Republican running mate Paul Ryan was with Romney in Boston, although he kept one eye on his re-election campaign for a House seat in Wisconsin, just in case.

The long campaign's cost soared into the billions, much of it spent on negative ads, some harshly so.

In the presidential race, an estimated one million commercials aired in nine battleground states where the rival camps agreed the election was most likely to be settled — Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

In a months-long general election ad war that cost nearly $1 billion, Romney and Republican groups spent more than $550 million and Obama and his allies $381 million, according to organizations that track advertising.

In Virginia, the polls had been closed for several minutes when Obama's campaign texted a call for volunteers "to make sure everyone who's still in line gets to vote."

In Florida, there were long lines at the hour set for polls to close. Under state law, everyone waiting was entitled to cast a ballot.

According to the exit poll, 53 percent of voters said Obama is more in touch with people like them, compared to 43 percent for Romney.

About 60 percent said taxes should be increased, taking sides on an issue that divided the president and Romney. Obama wants to let taxes rise on upper incomes, while Romney does not.

Other than the battlegrounds, big states were virtually ignored in the final months of the campaign. Romney wrote off New York, Illinois and California, while Obama made no attempt to carry Texas, much of the South or the Rocky Mountain region other than Colorado.

There were 33 Senate seats on the ballot, 23 of them defended by Democrats and the rest by Republicans.

Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, won a Connecticut seat long held by Sen. Joe Lieberman, retiring after a career that included a vice presidential spot on Al Gore's ticket in 2000. It was Republican Linda McMahon's second defeat in two tries, at a personal cost of $92 million.

The GOP needed a gain of three for a majority if Romney won, and four if Obama was re-elected. Neither Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada nor GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was on the ballot, but each had high stakes in the outcome.

All 435 House seats were on the ballot, including five where one lawmaker ran against another as a result of once-a-decade redistricting to take population shifts into account. Democrats needed to pick up 25 seats to gain the majority they lost two years ago.

Depending on the outcome of a few races, it was possible that white men would wind up in a minority in the Democratic caucus for the first time.

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, raised millions to finance get-out-the-vote operations in states without a robust presidential campaign, New York, Illinois and California among them. His goal was to minimize any losses, or possibly even gain ground, no matter Romney's fate. House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California campaigned aggressively, as well, and faced an uncertain political future if her party failed to win control.

In gubernatorial races, Republicans picked up North Carolina, where Pat McCrory won easily. The incumbent, Democratic Gov. Bev Purdue, did not seek re-election.

In a campaign that traversed contested Republican primaries last winter and spring, a pair of political conventions this summer and three presidential debates, Obama, Romney, Biden and Ryan spoke at hundreds of rallies, were serenaded by Bruce Springstein and Meat Loaf and washed down hamburgers, pizza, barbecue and burrito bowls.

Obama was elected the first black president in 2008, and four years later, Romney became the first Mormon to appear on a general election ballot. Yet one man's race and the other's religion were never major factors in this year's campaign for the White House, a race dominated from the outset by the economy.

Over and over, Obama said that during his term the nation has begun to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. While he conceded progress has been slow, he accused Romney of offering recycled Republican policies that have helped the wealthy and harmed the middle class in the past and would do so again.

Romney countered that a second Obama term could mean a repeat recession in a country where economic growth has been weak and unemployment is worse now than when the president was inaugurated. A wealthy former businessman, he claimed the knowledge and the skills to put in place policies that would make the economy healthy again.

In a race where the two men disagreed often, one of the principal fault lines was over taxes. Obama campaigned for the renewal of income tax cuts set to expire on Dec. 31 at all income levels except above $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples.

Romney said no one's taxes should go up in uncertain economic times. In addition, he proposed a 20 percent cut across the board in income tax rates but said he would end or curtail a variety of tax breaks to make sure federal deficits didn't rise.

The differences over taxes, the economy, Medicare, abortion and more were expressed in intensely negative advertising.

Obama launched first, shortly after Romney dispatched his Republican foes in his quest for the party nomination.

One memorable commercial showed Romney singing an off-key rendition of "America The Beautiful." Pictures and signs scrolled by saying that his companies had shipped jobs to Mexico and China, that Massachusetts state jobs had gone to India while he was governor and that he has personal investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

Romney spent less on advertising than Obama. A collection of outside groups made up the difference, some of them operating under rules that allowed donors to remain anonymous. Most of the ads were of the attack variety. But the Republican National Committee relied on one that had a far softer touch, and seemed aimed at voters who had been drawn to the excitement caused by Obama's first campaign. It referred to a growing national debt and unemployment, then said, "He tried. You tried. It's OK to make a change."

More than 30 million voters cast early ballots in nearly three dozen states, a reflection of the growing appeal of getting a jump on the traditional Election Day.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA and jobs for Americans. ]http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

Looks like a repeat performance thus far. Can we say Deja Vu?

Yes they are doing more diversion than ever from the issues of jobs,the economy and more jobs.

We're back to sex lives of generals and a made up Libyan scandal.

Few things will ever compare to how the 9/11/01 got pulled off right in front of the Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rummy noses? What were they doing?

How about the Bush/Cheney and Reagan/Bush home loan scams?

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none2 1 year, 5 months ago

While Obama won at the national level, the fact remains that we are still screwed in Kansas. We have more right wing nuts in power. Who knows what the next two years hold for us. While some would like to recall him, for some reason there are plenty in Kansas who support this kind of extremism. So as much as some of us may dislike the situation, as long as we have this many residents who love it this way, nothing is going to change.

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thuja 1 year, 5 months ago

A better America starts with YOU!!!!! :-)

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akt2 1 year, 5 months ago

Prepare for Obamacare. It's going to be ugly. So much for supporting your family and providing medical coverage for them. They will be in line and on the waiting lists with all the newly entitled. Emergency rooms will be a nightmare. They already are because that's where people go who don't have insurance. Now it will be the newly entitled that can't find a doctor that is taking new patients, or they won't want to wait 2 weeks or a month to get an appointment if they can find a doctor. Figure a doctor can see 4 existing patients an hour, at 15 min a patient. If they work 9 hours that's 36 patients that actually get to see a doctor. Tack on 36 more for their physician assistant, and 36 more for the nurse practitioner. A little more than 100. Then triple it. Because that's how many people will be trying to get in a day. Everything else triples too. Signatures, orders, scripts, phone calls, referrals, release of information, billing, follow-ups, lab tests and diagnostics. The system is going to implode. You can either look at it as job security, or get the hell out now and be glad you did.

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Maybe the GOP needs to jettison the child-molesting radio buffoon in favor of the shrill narcissistic harpy!

The frying pan upside the head is @ 0:47.... ;-)

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 5 months ago

As of this hour, and I know the final numbers are not yet in, but Obama has just under 60.5 million votes and Romney has just over 57.6 million votes. I'd say our divided country is still divided. Obama is still our President, Republicans still control the House, Democrats still control the Senate, Brownback is still the Governor, Jenkins is still our Congressperson, etc.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 5 months ago

The invitees to the GOP post-election, Kool Aide and Koch-a-Kolas will be served...

Promoters: Dick Morris, John Sununu, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Don Trump (who was trumped), Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Rudy Guliani, Mike Huckabee, Lou Dobbs

Hosters: Roger Ailes, Chuck and Dave Koch, Robert Murdock, Sheldon Adelson

Magicians: John McCain and Mitt Romney (will demonstrate flip flopping)

Entertainers: Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Rich Santorum,

Historian: Newt Gingrich (will be absent) he is exploring a trip to the Moon or Mars.

Hotties: Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and a host of blonde ditsy female Faux reporters

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weeslicket 1 year, 5 months ago

ok, ok... know what my second favorite thing was about the election? thinking of all those millions upon millions of dollars that karl rove, sheldon anderson, the koch brothers, and all the other brokers of financial entitlement pissed away.

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donttreadonme 1 year, 5 months ago

"westcl5 hours, 41 minutes ago Obama is president again which means we are stuck with Holder as AG. He was never punished for giving arms to the Mexican cartels.blah...blah...blah"

Yawn. Sloppy law enforcement to be sure, but that's what you get when you want a police state. The whole F&F furor is manufactured by the NRA to take the heat off the American gun dealers who do a brisk business with the Mexican thugs. If the Mexicans hadn't bought the guns through F&F, they would've bought them from an Arizona or other U.S. gun dealer.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 5 months ago

One of the best things to come out of the election yesterday was the fact that the State of Florida ultimately had no impact on the outcome of the Presidental vote (not called yet). A State with Rick Scott as Governor and miasma of the past including the "Orange Juice Queen", Kathleen Harris and the screw-ups in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 votes speak to a State that has no business being as influential as it has become.

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Amy Heeter 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm just glad the political advertising has ended. It doesn't matter who's holding the office. We are all going to die.

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verity 1 year, 5 months ago

I woke up this morning and Bronco Bama had still won. I just can't help smiling.

More good news---Heidi Heitkamp wins in North Dakota. Another woman in that manliest of institutions and it brings the D majority to 53.

Tim Kaine wins in Virginia, John Tester in Montana, Chris Murphy in Connecticut.

U.S. Rep. Allen West lost by 2,456 votes to Democrat Patrick Murphy, but refuses to concede.

Jon Stewart: "'Claire McCaskill Has Legitimately Raped Todd Akin." I apologize proactively if that offends anybody.

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GMSkarka 1 year, 5 months ago

MMMMMMM, Tasty.

MMMMMMM, Tasty. by GMSkarka

Been waiting to post this one for Dolph and his buddies.

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arizonajh 1 year, 5 months ago

The crazy thing is the GOP had the right man. They could have won this if they let Romney be who he was, a moderate centrist who did work with the other side in Mass. He put in place a healthcare system that polls well in the state. He was pro-choice. He had the credentials to say he could run the economy better than Obama. He's a man of faith and family. He was up against a President that had presided over high unemployment, that had scandals popping up left and right and that had little to no plan for changing what he was already doing in his second term. If the party faithful would have gotten behind him he could have pulled in moderates and Independents and this could have been a fish in a barrel situation. But the far right wouldn't have it. He had to go and try to out extreme the extremist of the party in the primaries to get the base to back him. Unfortunately for him that made him less palatatable to those moderates and independents he had to have to win. He had to go so far right that getting back to the middle was too great a task. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face! These idiots on the far right not only could but did just screw up a wet dream!

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Linda Endicott 1 year, 5 months ago

Good heavens...Romney/Ryan lost in Wisconsin, too...Obama 52 %, Romney 46%...

Were they lying about how much their own states liked them? Could it be?....

Pretty bad when the Republicans can't even win the election in their own states...lol

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Linda Endicott 1 year, 5 months ago

I thought it was very funny to see that Romney LOST in Massachusetts...Obama 61%, Romney 38%...wait a minute...I thought he said he did such a wonderful job there as governor, and everything was so great in the state...

What happened?

Congratulations to President Obama and all his supporters...I woke up smiling this morning...

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Here's a more time-compressed version. BONUS: Megyn Kelly's studio walk/staff interrogation!

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Here's the early part of the Faux News Meltdown:

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Clara Westphal 1 year, 5 months ago

Obama is president again which means we are stuck with Holder as AG. He was never punished for giving arms to the Mexican cartels. It was just brushed under the rug. He should have been tried for treason.

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g_rock 1 year, 5 months ago

So election yesterday....any idea when folks will quit facebooking about it? I was looking forward to the end.
sigh...

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

One of the best quotes from media I have seen yet.
Matthew Dowd, who was a top adviser in the re-election campaign of President George W. Bush, said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the Republican Party had become a “'Mad Men’ party in a ‘Modern Family’ America.”

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msezdsit 1 year, 5 months ago

oh what a wonderful day it is in the neighborhood. Wonder what the mittster is doing today. thank god he has a little more time on his hands now.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

Got this little graphic from a friend. Douglas County went to Obama (an "uh-duh" there. Were they the only one in the state?) But you can also see just exactly where the Romney bastion was in the county. Right there behind the walls of their gated communities.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 5 months ago

Little known issue about this years election:

Puerto Rico has voted to join the union. Once approved by Congress they will become the 51st state.

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20121106/API/1211060708&ParentProfile=1058

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blindrabbit 1 year, 5 months ago

If moderate and progressive GOP types were wise they would join with moderate, progressive Democrats to stop this self defeating slide of the right-wing GOP'ers to eventual unimportance. The population dynamic is not headed in the direction that will assure the long-term survivability of the Kansas GOP. Kansas will eventually drift further into irrevalence in the US political future as these bigoted ideas are rejected by the large population heft from outside the State. In the 1960's Kansas had 6 US congresspersons, now only 4 and a decrease in the Electoral College from 8 to 6 (now).The population of Kansas is not growing fast enough in comparison to to the rest of the country to reverse this trend. As a current progressive Republican, I see the old GOP of the past slipping away into obscurity.

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msezdsit 1 year, 5 months ago

what a great day. When America needed to step up and do the right thing, she did. We dodged a death wish from going back to the bush policies. Why anyone could have ever believed they would work if we just tried them again. Trickle down is dead and buried finally. I guess a few "I told you so for those of you who earned one with your vitriol and hate campaign. Obamacare anyone???

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 5 months ago

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/

Was on there last night. Gone now.

Romney/Ryan/Akin........keplop!!!!!!

Yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy!!!!!!

"The truth shall make you free"

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 5 months ago

Yay, Big Bird is safe, for at least "four more years"!!!

Limbaugh had it on his website "Romney Landslide!!!!"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Puss Bimbo loses again!!!!!!

Now he has all that cheap Chinese crap to move!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!

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donttreadonme 1 year, 5 months ago

So I guess the polling prior to the election was not biased towards the Democrats?

Time to take down this website, www.unskewedpolls.com.

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Liberty_One 1 year, 5 months ago

Ho-hum. Did anyone really think things would change if Romney won? Obama won another term and he will continue all of Bush's economic policies as he has the last four years. Romney would have done the same.

It's funny to see how which people are happy that Bush's policies continue on when the man in change has a (D) next to his name....

And of course the killings won't stop either. The US government is the biggest terrorist organization in the world today. George W. Bush's foreign policy lives on too.....

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Saoul 1 year, 5 months ago

After the opening bell, Wall Street is dropping deep into the red as traders’ focus shifts from the U.S. elections to the looming fiscal cliff. The Dow is down 180 points, or 1.4%, while the broader S&P 500 is down slightly more on a percent basis. Every major sector is in negative territory, led by the telecommunications, energy and financial sectors.

Thank goodness America has Obama to build a bridge down the fiscal cliff.

Hoots is correct. World is laughing.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

We watched ABC for election results. Now I wish we had watched the meltdown on Fox.
Lots of friends are sharing posts from their friends/family/acquaintances/etc., threatening to leave the country. I'm not exactly sure where they intend to go, since every other developed country in the free world either has socialized medicine or single payer health care. I also think the price of gas (10$/US gallon in Britain) would send them into shock.
I have a question or two left. Everybody and his aunt knew Kansas would go for Romney,. That was a no brainer. But by how much did he win? Those numbers could be pretty indicative of any shift, especially against Brownback.

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headdoctor 1 year, 5 months ago

Once the hand wringing stops I can't wait to see the batch of nut jobs the Republicans will try to roll out in 2016. The party has shown their true colors by moving so far to the right. I don't think I could ever trust them to field someone that was truly close to the middle. There is to much chance they would turn tea bagger once they were elected.

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somedude20 1 year, 5 months ago

Congrats Bronco....you ain't the best but worlds better than Willard!! And thanks to America, I had thought that the tide had shifted but was happy to see that not all Mercians are dumb!!!!

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reality_check79 1 year, 5 months ago

How or what made people vote for Obama??? Every American citizen will now pay more for healthcare(mine goes up 55 a month), big employers have already announced they are filling full-time positions with part-time help to save the added cost, the man did nothing in 4 years besides blame his predecessor for every little thing, and get this country in more debt then any president before him... It is apparent liberals voted on party lines instead of the issues, or just flat out didn't do any research on who they elected... Just waiting to see who gets blamed for the last four years of failures...

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geekin_topekan 1 year, 5 months ago

Boy, some people sure hate Democracy don't they?

Hate radio should be especially hilarious this morning!! Hahaha!

Jesus prevailed and gave us Four More Years!!!!!!!!!!!

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roadrash 1 year, 5 months ago

Can hardly wait to listen to Hate Radio this morning!

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 5 months ago

I hope Obama can man up this time and turn the economy around. His last four years sucked. You imbeciles think he fixed the economy? He pumped trillions of our money in to the economy by buying bad debt from banks through qe1,2,3. These are facts. Some of you are so blinded by your party bias you do not look at the truth. I want Obama to succeed, I want Obama to fix the economy but his last four years were dismal. Robbing Peter to pay Paul will not fix the economy. If Obama does not stop spending, he is going to max out our countries ability to get lending. Basically Obama is using a credit card to pay the credit card bill. At some point, he will hit the credit limit and then what? We will see the worste financial melt down in the history of the world. This can be avoided if the spending stops which means services being cut and tax hikes across the board. STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DO NOT HAVE!!! We all need to tighten our belts and expect a rough four years if Obama does the right thing. PS-The idiot right wing congress needs to act bi-partisan for any of these changes to work instead of grid locking and blaming Obama when they tie his hands. If Obama wants to keep spending, please tie his hands. I wish our prez good luck!

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 5 months ago

This is a great day for America and all Americans.

Four more years is a statement of fact.

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thuja 1 year, 5 months ago

Congratulations, President Obama.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 5 months ago

Thoughts from the Bard.

This could apply to either "son" in the recent election.
We must stop the madness on both sides and learn to work together.

"This business is well ended. My liege, and madam, to expostulate What majesty should be, what duty is, Why day is day, night night, and time is time, Were nothing but to waste night, day and time. Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief: your noble son is mad: Mad call I it; for, to define true madness, What is't but to be nothing else but mad? But let that go."

Lord Polonius, Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2.

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headdoctor 1 year, 5 months ago

I have been listening to the national Republican mouth pieces mumbling as they pick humbly at their cold plate of crow. Even though some are talking change I will have to see it to believe it. I am not so sure they learned anything from this election. If anything the modern Republicans have done a lot of damage to a sizable number of voters that may never come back to support the party.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

Snap? Oh, snap, where are you?
Remember, hon, the best hangover cures are tomato juice, vitamins and lots of water.

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 5 months ago

I'd like to thank all the little people who made this possible: Romney, Aiken, Mourdock, that Josh Rankin dweeb, and the many radical zealots on this very board who in their many incarnations demonstrated the true colors of modern nanny-state conservatism. Brownback and Tea Baggers, take heed. You're next to go.

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cmheck 1 year, 5 months ago

America, we are in so much trouble. Four more years of hell! Can't wait for gas prices to go back through the roof next week now that the campaign is over....

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 5 months ago

Congratulations, Mr. President. Now let us all get to work for our country.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

Republicans have never been about smaller government and have never reduced the size of government nor reduced the size of spending ever. In fact it has been quite the opposite. Republicans are not paying attention. Republicans are getting used every day.

Considering the party of NO is still running the house I will encourage President Obama to step up and make use of his executive privilege throughout the next 4 years.

The republicans of which they are NOT do not wish to build bridges. Tearing down bridges has been their claim to fame since Reagan/Bush. Don't waste time on matters that cannot succeed. The nation cannot afford another 4 years of NO

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melott 1 year, 5 months ago

I am so sad. I will have to wait at least 4 years longer for the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

Meanwhile...

Please consider this for the USA:

An Economic Bill of Rights

  • Universal Social Security: Taxable Basic Income Grants for all, structured into the progressive income tax, that guarantee an adequate income sufficient to maintain a modest standard of living. Start at $500/week ($26,000/year) for a family of four, with $62.50/week ($3,250/year) adjustments for more or fewer household members in 2000 and index to the cost of living.

  • Jobs for All: A guaranteed right to job. Full employment through community-based public works and community service jobs programs, federally financed and community controlled.

  • Living Wages: A family-supporting minimum wage. Start at $12.50 per hour in 2000 and index to the cost of living.

  • 30-Hour Work Week: A 6-hour day with no cut in pay for the bottom 80% of the pay scale.

  • Social Dividends: A "second paycheck" for workers enabling them to receive 40 hours pay for 30 hours work. Paid by the government out of progressive taxes so that social productivity gains are shared equitably.

  • Universal Health Care: A single-payer National Health Program to provide free medical and dental care for all, with freedom of choice for consumers among both conventional and alternative health care providers, federally financed and controlled by democratically elected local boards.

  • Free Child Care: Available voluntarily and free for all who need it, modeled after Head Start, federally financed, and community controlled.

  • Lifelong Public Education: Free, quality public education from pre-school through graduate school at public institutions.

  • Affordable Housing: Expand rental and home ownership assistance, fair housing enforcement, public housing, and capital grants to non-profit developers of affordable housing until all people can obtain decent housing at no more than 25% of their income. Democratic community control of publicly funded housing programs.

The Green Party = economic growth = this is where to build bridges.

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observant 1 year, 5 months ago

Can't wait for Dolph's Sat column complaining that since the election Obama still is failing. Will say there should have been major changes in economy and jobs growth by Sat.

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jjinks 1 year, 5 months ago

Well the dumbing down is complete. Now I wish to hear what all of you have to say in four years. I guess we will now find out what he was talking about to the Russian and where he was when the Ambassador and the others were slaughtered. Right? The old saying "watch out what you wish for" will be repeated over and over in your heads.

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Liberty275 1 year, 5 months ago

Win some, lose some. The house should keep obama in check.

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purplesage 1 year, 5 months ago

Job 3:25 reads, "What I feared has come upon me, what I dreaded has happened to me." This nation has chosen a course that disrespects life and dishonors marriage. We will see government rationed healthcare, higher taxes, increasing socialism, and growing government. We have now Obama unchecked by the need to run for reelection. What a terrible mistake America has made.

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Hoots 1 year, 5 months ago

Many of my Facebook friends from other countries are laughing at us right now. They are looking at this fishbowl from the outside and they think we're a bunch of dumb guppies. They already think most Americans are idiots anyway. I've given up on politics in this country. As Lewis Black says..."It's the same bowl of crap looking at itself in the mirror"

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msezdsit 1 year, 5 months ago

four more years of not having bush all over again. Sageon, gumby,275, Larrry, and on and on. You got your butts handed to you. America won.

Thank god romney can take his cheaters and go away. No more false threats and scare tactics. Actually, it was a blow out .

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 5 months ago

Four more years of blaming Bush, can't wait.

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verity 1 year, 5 months ago

I have been trying so hard not to gloat---oh, what the hell.

Obama, Warren, McCaskill, Tammy Baldwin, Tammy Duckworth, Sherrod Brown, Joe Donelly---the list goes on, and it looks like Allen West is losing to a 29-year-old.

Seems God doesn't like rape.

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none2 1 year, 5 months ago

What is amazing is that the speakers on the Republican News Channel still claim that the problem was that Romney wasn't right wing enough. Granted plenty of us think lots of money is wasted and government is too large, but that doesn't mean that the population wants to work with the Republican Party. Any voice of moderation within that party is slapped down as a RINO or any other slur they can throw at someone who doesn't tow the line. Just look at the Republican Party in this state.

I truly wish the best for Romney. I think most of us who didn't vote for him had no grudges against him. (Unlike many of those here who literally hated Obama for the last four years and would have continued to do so even if he had done something to their philosophical liking... Oh, and by the way, I didn't vote for Obama in 2008.)

Tonight really wasn't a vote against Romney as much as the right wing he was backed by. As weak as the economy is, the country's voters did not want the main man at the helm of our nation to be sponsored by a party that considers any dissent of an individual as proof that he/she is an enemy rather than a neighbor with a different opinion.

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow. I really have gotten into someone's good graces... I'll bet he stays up all night in front of his computer....

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hitme 1 year, 5 months ago

Idiocracy is alive It'll be another rough four years for America economically. Sure, we'll continued to be laughed at by other nations on the world stage, but experiencing humility occasionally is a good thing. Right now, Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 11 million illegal immigrants, the Taliban, and the country of Kenya are all celebrating this election. Having the worst president since Jimmy Carter provides some valuable lessons that the American people only seem to be able to learn the hard way. While America learns that hip and leadership are not synonymous traits, The Republican party learns that it needs to change, that it is so antiquated and out of step with the mainstream that being an alternative to failed leadership is not enough reason for existence. The next four years may seem like forever, but Ad astra per aspera! We'll be stronger...if we survive.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 5 months ago

Suck on this, Armstrong, Jonas, et al. Elections have consequences. Have you considered voluntary deportation? I'd start with Afghanistan. The Taliban are your ideological counterparts.

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obamasocks 1 year, 5 months ago

Obama,ok, but 4 more years of Biden? Sigh...

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biggunz 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow. Some of the posters on here calling others sore losers, and nonstop smack talking are obviously poor winners. Congrats, the country is in terrible shape and nothing is going to change. And half of the population of this country voted for the other guy. Does that mean anything to you?

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks for the emailed threat, Arminius. I think the originating IP numbers (and maybe your Facebook and/or Twitter account info?) will be appreciated by the KBI folks. Did you have another internet service provider lined up? Maybe someone in another state? :)

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uncleandyt 1 year, 5 months ago

Minimal trolls so far. I'm happy to imagine that a few of them are gulping down tall glasses of shut-up juice. Wrong again, ditto heads. Can you see a pattern??

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JHOK32 1 year, 5 months ago

Halleluyah! My faith in this country's wisdom has been restored once again! It appears that the bitter & massive mess that George W. Bush inflicted on our economy has enlightened the masses. It also sends a very loud & strong message to Mr.Romney that all of his millions of dollars cannot buy an election afterall ! - now lets hope that Kansans take heed & get rid of this A*hole that was elected Governor who EVERY Kansan knows by now is simply a Koch puppet taking money out of the hands of the poor & giving it to the top 1% of the very wealthy - this we will not stand anymore! We are fed up with Mr. B & his days are numbered! How this man can scrw the truly poor & disabled & then go to church the next day as a "Christian" is beyond my comprehension - he will truly pay for his actions someday soon for this life is but a blink of an eye - there will come a time to answer someone way more powerful than you are sir!

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beatrice 1 year, 5 months ago

Romney being gracious in his concession speech. How nice.

Of course, you know he wasn't like this back in the hotel room, when he was storming around, saying "Shucks, this stinks! H.E. double hockey sticks, this is messed up! Darn it!"

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, I dunno about anyone else... but I just got a little love note that the nice folks at KBI will be happy to reply to... on my behalf...

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 5 months ago

Anybody got a link to the on-screen meltdown on Fox?

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progressive_thinker 1 year, 5 months ago

Get ready to vote Obama 2016 [Michelle, that is.....]

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alcoholbliss 1 year, 5 months ago

Romney no consession, trying to figure out how to flip flop his way out of this loss...

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witchfindergeneral 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm glad he won, but I won't lie--the Electoral College is a joke, ditto for "campaign finance."

Anyone who understands the true nature of the College will agree with me. (this time, do your own research.) But please. learn what, exactly, research entails.

Turns out though , most people who don't like Romney or his regressive politics because they are...well, regressive and discredited and...failed. It's funny how failed policies are....well, based on a history of optimistic failure.

It's a shame that actuality doesn't always fit reality.

I'm sorry, and call me old school, but I'll bet on reality versus impossible reality.

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Sean Livingstone 1 year, 5 months ago

We're screwed for four more years. Why? Not because Obama wins.... we voted in a Democratic Senate, and a Republican House.... and now what? You still want to pass bills? And Congress has 18% approval rate and we're sending the same people back?

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tomatogrower 1 year, 5 months ago

Bravo America. Now all of you who were elected start working for the people of the US, and try working together. Are we Americans? Or are we political parties?

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grammaddy 1 year, 5 months ago

And Colorado and Washington state just legalized recreational marijuana! Today was a good day!!

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1 year, 5 months ago

Congratulations to President Obama. While I do not envy the mess he will inherit when he takes office in January, the states have spoken: he's the man we've tasked with dealing with it.

"I urge first of all that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." -- 1 Tim 2:1

If you are a praying person, please pray for our President's wisdom, health, and safety. It's not an easy job, and it's not one that I'd want. But it is an important one to each of us, and one that will require all the help he can muster.

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lawrenceguy40 1 year, 5 months ago

God help us!

This could be the final straw for our United States. I guess if you promise dumb people that they don't have to work, they will vote for you! Idleness is a contagious disease, and barry o has spread it to his advantage....

1461 (if we survive that long)

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Gandalf 1 year, 5 months ago

The palantir is never wrong. I can't wait for our local teapubs to come out of hiding.

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geekin_topekan 1 year, 5 months ago

Jesus made this a reality!! Four more years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heavenly Father answers all prayers Mitt, this time the answer was--NO!!

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4getabouit 1 year, 5 months ago

Wait for it..............oops ....The President wins the popular vote too....

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beatrice 1 year, 5 months ago

I hate to say I told you so, but ...

Wait a second, no I don't. I love saying I told you so! It was a pipe dream for those who thought Romney could win. The Republican party is too far right and Romney was too dishonest in his beliefs (whatever they may be).

Now, we have some work to do. Time to continue to grow the economy and bring down the deficit. No more Republicans worrying about making sure Obama isn't re-elected. He has been. Now is the time to work together to fix what is wrong with the country, and that means from both sides. Time to get it done President Obama.

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

I wonder if we'll soon hear the sound of disappointed bigots and pseudoconservatives?

And has anyone else been watching Diane Sawyer drink her way through the evening on ABC News? She's certainly found a comfortable cruising altitude...

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riverdrifter 1 year, 5 months ago

Yep. Same president, house, senate. The country voted status quo. Whatever. Screw this, I'm going pheasant hunting.

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markoo 1 year, 5 months ago

Well I'd tell Jonas Grumby to live up to his bet, but I see that he's already put his tail between his legs and left.

Can't tell you how shocked I am with that.

Oh, and Armstrong, sorry bud - as it was obvious for some time now, you were wrong.

And for those knocking Nate Silver and his methodology, reality really sucks don't it?

And Dolph, bummer. Just wipe your tears with those $100 bills. I'm sure you'll get it right someday......

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obamasocks 1 year, 5 months ago

The fact they can call it this early, even though Romney currently has more of the popular vote shows just how messed up our election system & the electoral college is. 2 Billion dollars in campaign money; the question is will anything change or will Republicans and Democrats continue to stop each other at ever move in the House and Senate.

Our two-party system has only one party more than the communists...just sayin'.

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tange 1 year, 5 months ago

I'd like humbly to dedicate this quadrennial favorite to the local 'conservative' contingent and their exaltered icon…

/ Martha
take the
baby home

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