Popular Vote 2012: Results Breakdown of Presidential Election by Religion …
(Photo : Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn towards the Oval Office after stepping off Marine One at the White House, November 15, 2012.
The magnitude of Obama’s win in last week’s presidential election is becoming apparent, and it’s triggered plenty of Republican infighting.
Until the popular vote is fully counted and the totals are certified by each state’s board of elections, we won’t know exactly what this year’s electorate looked like. But we can glean a great deal of information from exit polling.
Before the official tally can be recorded, each state must finish counting outstanding absentee and provisional ballots, many of which come from overseas.
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While the outcome isn’t in dispute in any state, plenty of precincts, from small, rural towns to large cities, have yet to officially certify their vote totals.
But exit poll data sheds some light on the makeup of this year’s voters and their choices.
In total, about 122 million people voted in this year’s election.
Barack Obama won about 50.6 percent of their votes, or just under 61 million. Mitt Romney won about 47.8 percent of the vote, just under 58 million, but Obama’s margin could grow to more than 3 percent once all the votes are in.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson won a little over a million votes nationwide, or just under 1 percent, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein garnered less than half a million, taking about a third of a percent of the vote.
While Obama only had about a 2.5 percent margin of victory in the popular vote, he won the Electoral College 332 to 206, counting Florida’s 29 votes, which aren’t yet official, but make no difference to the end result either way.
That’s nearly 62 percent of the Electoral College, a landslide by any measure.
As in 2008, Obama won the women’s vote by a large margin, taking 55 percent of female votes. But Obama lost the men’s vote, receiving only 45 percent of votes cast by men, unlike in 2008, when he also carried the male vote.
Romney did very
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