Election 2012

7:23 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Obama Won Because Of 'Gifts' To Groups, Romney Tells Donors

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 10:20 pm

President Obama won because of "gifts" he gave to certain constituency groups, GOP nominee Mitt Romney said today on a conference call with campaign donors and fundraisers.

His remarks were first reported by The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, which listened in on the call.

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Gay Rights
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Florida Elects Two Openly Gay State Lawmakers For The First Time

Two openly gay men won seats in the Florida House this election.
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On Election Day this year, Florida went from having zero openly gay lawmakers in the state Legislature to two.

David Richardson won a seat in the Florida House representing Miami Beach and Joe Saunders won a seat representing a part of Orlando. Both men are openly gay.

Up until last week, Florida was the biggest state in the U.S. to have never elected an openly gay person to office in their state legislature. 

Chuck Wolfe, president of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, says that Florida was actually part of a national trend.

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Voters Not Voting
10:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Why Many Registered Voters In Miami-Dade Didn’t Vote

Miami-Dade County had 33 percent of its registered voters not vote this past election.
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Florida voters waited almost a week to hear who won the presidential election in Florida. It wasn’t until Saturday, Nov. 10 that President Obama had been declared the winner.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, only 67 percent of registered voters in Miami-Dade County cast a ballot in this election. This includes people who waited in line at the polls, and people who voted via absentee ballot.

Statewide, this number hovers around 71 percent, which is the lowest turnout in the past three presidential elections.

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Cuban-American Vote
10:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Experts Don't Agree On Cuban American Vote

The Cuban vote in this election has become a topic of debate among researchers.
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Following this year's close presidential election here in Florida, there were reports that Obama had won the Cuban vote, or at least he had gotten a record share of it.

However, some political researchers and professors here in South Florida don't agree that this election represented a historic shift for South Florida's Cuban-Americans -- a population that has historically voted in favor of the GOP. 

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Ballot Counting
10:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Don't Feel Bad Florida, Arizona Is Still Counting Ballots

Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, is also dealing with a problematic election this year.
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Florida may have been a laughingstock on the heels of this presidential election because of its continued inability to conduct an election without a flurry of snafus -- but it's important to note, folks, that we aren't the only state that took a long time to count ballots this year.

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Florida Voting
9:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Found In A Warehouse, 963 Broward Ballots Leave Election Results Undisturbed

Brenda Snipes: 'We've done pretty good.'
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Nine hundred sixty-three Broward County residents finally got their votes counted on Monday after their ballots were found forgotten in an elections office warehouse.

Noting to get excited about, Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes told the Sun-Sentinel.  She said it's customary for elections workers to scour the offices and work areas for forgotten ballots after the election.

"It happens," she said. "I think we've done pretty good."

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Ballot Counting
9:05 am
Tue November 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: Surprise Box Of Uncounted Ballots Discovered In Broward

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes says on the whole, her office is doing "pretty good."
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Broward County is still tallying up votes in two recounts from last week’s election.  

In Dania Beach's close commission race, Chickie Brandimartie leads Mac McElyea by just 16 votes out of more than 4,000. In Hallandale Beach, it's even closer with Anthony Sanders leading Michele Lazarow by just 6 votes out of more than 7,000.

And the Sun-Sentinel reports that nearly a thousand uncounted ballots were discovered in a Broward warehouse on Monday.

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The Art of Politics
1:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Postcards From America And Electile Dysfunction In South Florida

Hialeah, Florida. Nadia at Obama for America office on election night.
Susan Meiselas http://postcardsfromamerica.tumblr.com/

Us Floridians know what it's like to be in the political spotlight, and not in a positive way.

Nationwide we have become a laughingstock, with people from all over asking the obvious question: "Why can't you guys get your elections together?"  

That, however, is a question easier asked than answered.

The Tumblr blog called Postcards From America, which popped up this last week, tries to tackle the question indirectly. Featuring photos and commentaries from across the country, as well as photos from right here in South Florida, one can see a portrait of the individuals who this election has affected.  The mood of South Florida on and before election day is perfectly captured.

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Final Count
11:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Count's Final, Obama Won, But Is It Over? Except For Jabs, Politics And Fixes...Maybe

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Tuesday's election in Florida lasted until Saturday when the state was finally called for President Barack Obama. That's how long it took to sort through the mountains of absentee and other non-standard ballots.

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Cuban Politics
11:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Obama Got Record Share Votes From Miami Cubans

Obama got the biggest share of the Cuban vote that any Democratic presidential candidate has ever received.
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President Obama may have not technically won the Cuban vote -- but he did manage to score the biggest share of this historically Republican vote that any Democratic presidential candidate has ever gotten.

The Miami Herald reports,

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Republican Aftermath
12:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Skin Color And Amnesty Hopes Propelled Obama's Win, Says Departing GOP Chairman

He's Done: Palm Beach Republican chairman Sid Dinerstein
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For Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein, the re-election of President Obama wasn't a sudden disaster as much as a last straw. All over Europe and in big parts of the United States, he saw socialism on the rise and voters as its willing hostages.

Dinerstein had been watching with increasing alarm.

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Election 2012
11:11 am
Fri November 9, 2012

'Let Mitt Be Mitt': But Who Was He?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives onstage early Wednesday morning in Boston, moments before conceding defeat in the 2012 presidential election.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 10:30 pm

The postmortems for Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign are rolling in.

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8:45 am
Fri November 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: Broward Joins Miami-Dade With Final Vote Tally

President Obama prevailed in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Credit Arianna Prothero

Broward has joined Miami Dade in wrapping up its final vote count.

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6:07 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Finally Gets A Color

Button, Button, Who's Got The Button?
Credit League of Woman Voters

The Miami-Dade absentee ballots have all been counted. And color us blue. That blank on the U.S.

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2:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Miami-Dade Ballot Count Complete But Final Announcement Still A Day Away

Still Waiting: Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley will brief Mayor Carlos Gimenez, right, on voting delays that he calls 'inexcusable.'

The absentee ballot count is over in Miami-Dade County but it will be still one more day before President Obama knows for sure if Florida wanted him re-elected.

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