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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:22 AM

Religion Plays Role In 2012 Election As Voters Reelect Barack Obama President

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/obama-wins-with-religious_n_2085906.html



Jaweed Kaleem
Posted: 11/07/2012 2:17 am EST Updated: 11/07/2012 8:21 am EST

Despite strong assaults about everything from what opponents have called a "war on religion" for his healthcare reform policy's provisions on contraception coverage and pastors' protests against his support of same-sex marriage to questions over the his support of Israel and his relationship with Jewish voters, President Barack Obama was reelected to a second term Tuesday night with support from religious and especially nonreligious voters.

Obama carried Electoral College votes in several battleground states where religious voters were key parts of the electorate, including Catholic-heavy Ohio, evangelical-heavy Iowa, and Virignia. Another swing stage with a large population of religious voters, Florida, was too close to call by early Wednesday morning.

In his concession speech from Boston, Republican challenger and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney congratulated Obama, saying it was a time of "great challenges" in America and that "I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation." He thanked supporters for their prayers and said Americans will "look to our pastors and priest and rabbis and counselors of all kinds" as the nation moves on from the election. "Ann I join you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation," he said, asking God to "bless America."

Speaking at his victory speech in Chicago, Obama thanked supporters and "every American who participated in this election," saying that voters "reaffirmed the spirit that triumphs." Returning to his motivational, pastor-like tone that was common in his first campaign, Obama referenced the American "belief that our destiny is shared" and said a sense of "love, charity, duty and patriotism" is the hallmark of the nation's culture.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:57 AM

1. Part of it is Evangelicals...

If you think that Romney had strong support from Evangelicals, think again. He had strong support from people who consider themselves Republican first and Christian second. Not so much with the crowd that sees it the other way around. I've got no numbers yet but my hypothesis is that we'll see a fair number of non votes on ballots in some of the rural counties in Ohio. Choosing neither candidate is making a choice as well.

It may very well be that the one part of the Republican base that was considered loyal to a fault isn't so loyal after all.

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Response to jeepnstein (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:13 AM

2. I haven't seen any statistics on this, but would be interested.

I think there was a certain population who convinced themselves that he was a christian just like them and another who definitely saw him as "other".

What impact either group had on the outcome doesn't seem clear.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:25 AM

3. Yes, and religion played a huge role in making it far closer than it ever should have been.

As well as helping the Republicans keep the house.

But we are only supposed to discuss the positive aspects of religion here, according to some.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:26 PM

4. Many of our enlightened populace put great faith in signs. What exactly do they make of

Sandy, the superstorm that showed Bronco Bama in such a positive light?

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