Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election


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Virginia’s Next Step

With a hotly contested Senate battle behind them on Tuesday, voters and Senator-elect Kaine can look forward to Virginia’s future.

“On the heels of his victory over George Allen, Kaine said Wednesday that his first order of business — even before taking office in January — would be to lobby for meaningful, long-term solutions to the nation’s debt and deficit issues,” the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.
In addition to concerns about the economy voters in Virginia have cemented their status of independent voters,”Kaine also mentioned that the larger counties in northern Virginia like Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William have shown that they’re heavily independent and will vote based on the case each politician makes,” reports  NBC.


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Women In Virginia

While the black vote certainly played a part in Obama’s victory in Virginia, so did his victory amongst women in Virginia.

According to the South Bend Tribune, Obama won “53 to 46 in Virginia.” On a national level the gaffes made on the local level created enough of a disruption to oust those that committed the gaffes,” gender-based gaffes from Missouri Republican Todd Akin and Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock, without any question, lost those senatorial seats for their party.”

Both campaigns sought the female vote with an intensity that will continue to grow according to the Washington Times,”In many ways, however, it was primarily a contest for the female portion of the electorate, with Mr. Obama’s campaign attempting to exploit and expand a potentially decisive Democrat-Republican gender gap — the same gap Mitt Romney’s campaign sought to minimize and narrow.”

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Kaine Takes Virginia Senate Race

Timothy Kaine defeated George Allen in the Virginia Senate race.

This race was under intense watch from the beginning and is one of the most expensive Senate races, “Timothy M. Kaine defeated George Allen in Virginia’s Senate race Tuesday night, the climax of an intensely watched matchup that cost more than $80 million,” reports the Washington Post.

This race signified the changing nature of the state of Virginia, “Once reliably Republican, the commonwealth has become much more competitive because of its changing population, particularly in fast-growing Northern Virginia. Its evolving demographics helped Barack Obama carry the state in 2008, the first Democratic presidential candidate to do so in 44 years, and Obama won it again Tuesday. ”

As Virginia has cemented itself as a swing state, it seems that close races between both parties are here to stay.

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Race In Virginia Heats Up

With just 20 days left until election day, Virginia remains hotly contested.

It is still not clear who the front-runner in Virginia is, though according to RealClearPolitics the averages between the polls show that Obama is leading by.8 % of the vote.

Both campaigns are aggressively courting the vote in Virginia as both candidates have appeared in the state numerous times over the past few months.

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A Public Relations Update

The Obama Administration has been under scrutiny for a number of PR related incidences. The first took place after the September 11th attack at the US Embassy in Libya. UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s initial response has been highly criticized by the GOP and her resignation has been sought.

During the last 24 hours, the media have pointed out a second communication crisis of the President: a White House memorandum instructing federally contracted businesses NOT to warn employees of layoffs. A warning by the company is legally mandated for companies of 100 employees or more through the WARN Act. Moreover, the memorandum suggested that the US Department of Labor would aid the companies in any legal fees that might surface in light of this. The WARN Act “protects workers, their families, and communities by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs”

In full disclosure, the memorandum states:

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