By this time the entire world knows the results of last United States Presidential elections; unless they’re stuck on a deserted island with only a volleyball named Wilson. However, in case someone is not sure- after a long, rather vicious battle, the people of America- including Vanguard students- cast their vote and Obama came out victor.
By the end of the evening, Obama had won 50.6% of the nation’s popular vote according to the Huffington Post, while Romney had 47.9%. However locally in Orange County, Romney seemed to have come out triumphant- carrying 54% of the local votes counted according to the Orange County Register.
“I thought Obama would win by less than 1% rather than 2.7%” Chair of the History and Political Science department- Professor John Wilson stated. “Perhaps I was most surprised by the large number of commentators, who seemed confident of a Romney victory.”
Besides the popular vote, out of the 270 electoral votes needed to win, Romney ended the night with 206 while Obama walked away with 332; carrying Florida, Virginia, California and Ohio (the state no Republican has ever won the White House without).
Not everyone is thrilled over Obama’s victory though. Junior Meredith Howard stated that- “what concerned me the most was all the mistakes we found out about Obama a month before the voting and he still became president? After he let the men die in Gaza? So irresponsible.”
Obama’s win however was not a land-slide. Both campaigns were relentless, making the race a close- though bitingly vicious- one.
“Negative ads didn’t help clarify things very well” Prof. Wilson stated, “I would like to have seen a clearer picture of what Romney and Obama’s ideas would entail so voters could make an informed choice.”
Because of the ruthless campaigning, there were some that refused to pick sides.
“I think it has become very hostile” Howard stated “no one really knows what one believes anymore. The two sides are becoming so inner-mixed and people are claiming to be ‘indecisive.’”
Clearly though, there are those students like Howard that do care, as numerous college students from Vanguard University took the time out of their hectic Tuesday schedules to go vote.
Junior Machelle Pardue said- “I love voting. It is so empowering as a young female in America that I get to freely walk to the voting polls and that my opinion, whatever it is, matters and counts. I think that young people take that for granted today.”
Ultimately, the race ended with Romney giving his concession speech and Obama his victory address. Although the presidential elections tend to divide opinions as heated debates and Facebook statuses arise; students and professors- both Republicans and Democrats- wait alike to see what lies in store for our country during these next four years- moving into this new season together as the semester continues onward.