The 2012 presidential election in the United States was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Presidential elections in the United States are always held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, a tradition that dates back to 1845, a time when Americans still travelled by horse and carriage. Voters needed the Monday to get to their voting location.
In the 2012 election, incumbent president Barack Obama ran for his second and final term as President of the United States of America. His opponent was Mitt Romney, who had won the Republican primaries.
On the night of November 6, 2012 President Barack Obama won the 2012 election when the first results showed him winning the crucial swing states of Ohio and Virginia. The votes from these states gave him at least 270 electoral votes in total, enough to win the presidency and his second term.
The race in the Senate turned out in favor of the Democratic Party – they now hold the Senate with a total of 54 Democratic Senators. The Republican Party now has 45 seats, while one seat has been taken by an independent Senator.
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