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Barack Obama First President Re-Elected With Less Popular, Electoral Support Second Time Around

Presidents don't usually win like this

With just over 63 million votes this cycle and just under 70 million in 2008, President Obama became the first president to be re-elected to the office with less votes than he was first elected with since every state moved to deciding electors by popular vote. Prior to that, only George Washington got less votes in his re-election; he faced no opposition and only a few thousand people in a few states actually voted. Franklin Roosevelt, the only president to be re-elected three times, received less popular and electoral votes in his second and third re-elections.

President Obama is also projected to receive 33 fewer electoral votes. His 332 expected this year, along with his 2008 take, is still the highest count this century. Bill Clinton received 370 in 1992 and 372 in 1996. Those totals, on the other hand, were the lowest since Jimmy Carter in 1976. No president has won re-election with less electoral votes except Woodrow Wilson, who promised to “keep us out of the war” but still got 158 fewer electoral votes in 1916, when the field wasn’t split three ways. As for Obama getting us out of the wars; not true on Iraq and increasingly clearly not true on Afghanistan.

Obama becomes the 17th president, out of 43, to be elected to a second term. With most states reporting 100 percent of their votes, about 125 million people voted, six million fewer than 2008. The Census Bureau estimates the 2010 population of voting age at 237 million. At 26.5 percent of that total, President Obama sees a mandate from the middle class. Republicans, meanwhile, whose standard bearer got 25 percent of the voting age population and who kept control of the House, see a mandate of their own.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    It's still pretty good, considering he shouldn't have been re-elected at all.

  • Bam!||

    Re-elected at all?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I think what Fist is saying is that he should have been ineligible for re-election, based on not having been elected yet.

  • UnionBuiltOhioRoads||

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  • Auric Demonocles||

    Is this reddit now?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The Ascended One eked out a tough win against a truly impressive challenger.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I thought Romney was the incumbent and Obama was supposed to come in and fix the mess we're in?

  • UnionBuiltOhioRoads||

    Krugman has returned from his Government-manufactured rock outside of Castro's compound..

  • UnionBuiltOhioRoads||

    Im working on my zingers and snark remarks.. I'll be here all day.

  • ||

    I read that as "Government-manufactured cock".

  • Mo||

    Interestingly, Madison got a much lower percentage of votes (EC and popular) between 1808 and 1812. However, there were more states, EV and people, so despite going from 65% of the vote to 50% he got more votes and more EVs. I guess that's the cost of leaving the Atomic Dogoff of your ticket.

  • Belgian||

    Atomic Dogoff would make a great band name.

  • Paul.||


    Obama's still President. We lose.

  • Alan Vanneman||

    This is sour grapes. The fact that Republicans couldn't beat Obama shows how weak they are. Despite a lame economy, which Republicans did everything to ensure, they lost the presidency, they lost two seats in the Senate, and only kept the House via extensive gerry-mandering. The Democrats rolled up a total House vote that exceeded the Republican vote by half a million.

    The complete failure of the Republicans to make any gains by attacking Obama's foreign policy from the right gives Obama room to walk away from Bush's "war on terror." Petraeus' resignation and Gen. Allen's less than impressive entanglement with Jill n' Natalia make it easier for the President to ignore the military. Now if only Obama would stop murdering people, trampling on our civil liberties, etc., etc. I might even like the guy.

  • Belgian||

    The Democrats re-elected Jesse Jackson Jr. Fuck off, Anal.

  • Shit-Eating Aardvark||

    Wow! This post reads as shitty as your "novels".

  • Hurricane Eye||

    I think you mean "fewer" votes.

  • JW||

    I should drink less coffee.
    There are fewer coffee cups than yesterday.

    /no pedant

  • ||

    President Obama is also projected to receive 33 fewer electoral votes.

    His 332 expected this year is still the highest count this century.

    How could he have 33 fewer than 2008, yet still have the hightest count this century?

  • R C Dean||

    Math is hard?

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Media Coverage Favored Obama at End of Campaign

    To the surprise of absolutely no one.

  • Dedetizadora||

    Barack Obama won by a small difference of individual votes. This demonstrates dissatisfaction with his rule of almost half of the American people. I'm hoping, however, for Obama to take the reins of the economy, because U.S. growth produces positive effects in Brazil and much of the world.

    Thank you,


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