Election 2012

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A look at voter behaviors in Virginia in presidential and off-year elections.

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Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, won among voters over the age of 30, but lost younger voters by 23 points. That statistic has gotten a lot of attention from Republicans, especially since they have now lost young voters in three presidential elections in a row. They worry that voting Democratic could be habit-forming for this generation.

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How little things have changed for Republicans in 20 years.

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President Barack Obama answers questions during a health care reform town hall meeting at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., July 1, 2009.

I wish more Republicans were like Barack Obama. Really. Give the president his due: he fights for what he believes in.

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Discovery Communications Wellness Center Medical Director Liz Sequeira talks with patient Bonnary Lek during a medical appointment in Silver Spring, Maryland December 3, 2009.

President Obama’s victory in November resolves whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be implemented. In general terms, it will. But that does not settle what will actually become of the law. 

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The President with the Vice President meets in the Oval Office with the leadership of Congress to discuss the fiscal cliff, Dec. 28, 2012.

By all accounts, President Obama won the fiscal-cliff showdown. Why anyone would take much pride in this kind of “win” is beyond me. It’s a bit like being the least filthy toddler in the mud pit.

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Courtney Cole (L), her daughter Mackenzie, 5, from Excelsior Springs, and Doug Carel (R) protest outside of the Missouri Capitol where U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin holds a rally with the New Women's Group in Jefferson City, Missouri September 21, 2012.

No presidential candidate has run a campaign as aggressively supportive of abortion as the one Barack Obama did this year.

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President Barack Obama casts his ballot during early voting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 25, 2012.

In combing through the results of the 2012 election — apparently finally complete, nearly two months after the fact — I continue to find many similarities between 2012 and 2004 and one enormous difference.

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People with disabilities rally at the Capitol Building in Washington, September 21, 2011. The group called for congress to avoid cutting Medicaid funding as they look for cuts to the federal budget.

Conservatives are deeply frustrated at the 2012 election’s outcome, after years of work and investment. Some blame the candidate, or the conduct of the campaign; others focus on demographics.

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