Red Alert Politics Election 2012 Winners and Losers

Winner: President Barack Obama

In spite of his abysmal record, a gigantic national deficit, incredibly high youth unemployment and the fact that he has spent his first term in office campaigning for his second, President Barack Obama was projected as the winner of the 2012 presidential election before 11:30 pm EST. Let’s hope the nation can survive four more years of his “leadership.”

Loser: Mitt Romney

Not only did GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney lose the state in which he was governor, he also lost the entire presidential election — by a significant margin in both the electoral college and the popular vote. The Romney campaign team was startled by the outcome of the race, especially considering the number of political pundits who had picked Romney to win.

Winner: Michelle Bachmann

Controversial representative of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District Michelle Bachmann has secured her seat for a fourth term in the House, narrowly defeating Democrat Jim Graves. The Tea Party Republican outspent her opponent 12-t0-1, according to The Huffington Post, and won by only 3,000 votes out of 350,000 cast, The Washington Post reports.

Loser: Allen West

Allen West, incumbent Republican in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, has yet to concede his race to Democrat Patrick Murphy, even though Murphy has already given his acceptance speech. Murphy leads by 3,400 votes, according to The Chicago Tribune, but West has called for a partial recount. The fight is the only Florida congressional race yet to be called.

Loser: Karl Rove

When Fox News called Ohio for Obama, political consultant Karl Rove took issue with it and made it a big issue on live TV. He contradicted Fox’s decision desk and fellow conservative Michael Barone, arguing the Ohio race had been called too soon and sufficiently making himself look desperately foolish in light of Romney’s loss.

Winner: Michael Barone

During Rove’s meltdown, Barone remained stolid and kept his reputation intact by calmly refuting Rove’s claim that Ohio had been called too early. Despite wrongly predicting Romney would win the presidency, Barone redeemed himself by not buying into Rove’s crazy Ohio theory.

Winner: Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake secured the seat of retiring Arizona Republican Senator John Kyl, holding off Democratic opponent Richard Carmona. The five-term congressman was once expected to easily win the seat in the Republican state, but the race became closer over time. Flake captured just over 50 percent of the vote.

Loser: Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted that Republicans would lose the majority in the House of Representatives, but she was proven wrong by a healthy margin, with the finally tally likely to be close to the current 240-190 split in Congress. On Fox News, political commentator Tucker Carlson said the failure of Democrats to recapture the House could spell the end of Pelosi’s leadership career.

Loser: Mia Love

Democrat Jim Matheson defeated Republican challenger Mia Love in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. Matheson is the incumbent in the 2nd District, but he decided to run in the 4th District following recent redistricting. Love, who is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, would have been the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. Matheson won 49 percent of the votes, defeating Love by a mere 3,000 votes.

Winners: Massachusetts senior citizens

Question 2 in Massachusetts that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide was narrowly struck down. Proponents of the bill conceded defeat on Wednesday morning and prevented Massachusetts from joining Oregon, Washington and Montana as states that have legalized the form of euthanasia.

Losers: Maryland taxpayers

Due to the passage of Question 4, Maryland taxpayers will now have to foot the bill for the education of illegal immigrants. The bill provides in-state tuition rates for Maryland illegal immigrants, thus displacing out-of-state students who would bring more revenue for the state and universities. The legislation is estimated to cost the state $3.5 million. Colleges could also face an increased financial burden by being required to make up lost tuition.

Winner: Deb Fisher

Republicans gained a Senate seat in Nebraska when Deb Fisher defeated former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey to claim the seat vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Ben Nelson. Nebraska is a heavily red state, but Fisher nabbed the seat away from the Democrats by successfully attaining the endorsements of big players in the Republican party nationally, according to The National Journal.

Loser: Todd Akin

Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill handily defeated Republican challenger Todd Akin in what was slated to be a Senate tight race.  After his “legitmate rape” comment back in August, Republicans across the board distanced themselves from the six-term congressman, including Romney. Things only got worse for Akin as his campaign continued, and he can only blame his embarrassing loss on his careless rhetoric.

Loser: Scott Brown

Incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown lost the Massachusetts Senate seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, despite the scandal surrounding her law license and her suspicious claim to be of Native American descent. The loss is surprising due to Brown’s popularity in Massachusetts and his willingness to cross party lines on issues such as the repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Winner: Martha McSally

The fight over the seat vacated by Arizona’s 2nd District Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is still too close to call, but Republican Martha McSally has a less than one percent lead over Democrat Ron Barber, a margin of roughly 1,300 votes. There are still at least 80,000 votes to count and both candidates have agreed to let election officials count all the ballots, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Winner: Dean Heller

Even though Obama won Nevada, incumbent Republican Dean Heller kept control of his Senate seat in a close fight against Democrat Shelley Berkley. Even with the backing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the senior Senator from Nevada, Berkley was unable to oust the junior Senator.

Loser: Josh Mandel

The 35-year-old challenger to Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown came up short in his bid for the seat. The State Treasurer was popular among Ohio youth, but ultimately did not have a strong enough campaign until it was too late in the game. The rising GOP star captured only 45 percent of the vote.

Losers: Republicans in the Northeast

As noted by Politico’s Morning Score, Republicans were wiped out in the New England states. On top of Brown’s loss in Massachusetts, Republicans also lost Senate seats in Maine and Connecticut. The House of Representatives, though still held by the GOP, lost congressional seats in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Ouch.

Losers: Megyn Kelly and Diane Sawyer

Were anchors Megyn Kelly of Fox and Diane Sawyer of ABC drunk last night during election 2012 coverage? Sawyer became the laughing stock of Twitter as she slurred words and fumbled over announcements. Some people even wondered if the news anchor had suffered a stroke, but the network just said Sawyer was tired from covering the election and Hurricane Sandy. Kelly’s behavior and comments were incredibly erratic and watching her trot around the newsroom was uncomfortable at best. The actions of these women were also hilarious. This might be the only bright spot in the losers column.

Comments

Comments

  1. josjos2000 says:

    Don’t talk about beautiful women. Diane Sawyer, pretty lady! Any way the biggest losers were: Romney, Rove, Barone, Fox Broadcasting, and the Republicans. They need to acknowledge that minority groups are growing. The Democrats have seen it, but the Republicans have not.

Polititainment

George Will to Colbert: Liberals don't want change

Conservative commentator and hapless Chicago Cubs fan George Will swung by "The Colbert Report" Tuesday to plug his new book, "A Nice Little Place on the North Side," but naturally, the conversation didn't stick to baseball.

Clay Aiken: voters 'might wonder'

Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken concedes that voters "might wonder" about his candidacy for Congress for a new ad.

Los Angeles GOP #StandingWithSriracha

Forget #StandWithRand -- the GOP is now choosing to #StandWithSriracha.

WH responds to 'Deport Justin Bieber' petition

Despite the pleas of more than 270,000 Americans to deport Justin Bieber, the White House has chosen not to weigh in on the issue. However, the Obama administration did use a petition calling on the White House to revoke the pop artist's visa to plug President Barack Obama's plan for immigration reform.

Secret Service once threatened Mr. Met

Mr. Met sure has a lot of fans in New York. But the larger-than-life mascot definitely doesn't have one in the Secret Service, who threatened to shoot and kill him if he approached President Bill Clinton, according to a firsthand account.

White House

Donald Trump is really upset with the way Obama walks

President Barack Obama just can't seem to do anything right, especially in the eyes of real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Obama misses 67 percent of his shots playing basketball at Easter event

President Barack Obama went 1-for-3 shooting baskets at a White House Easter event Monday, prompting basketball scouts to question the leader of the free world's scoring ability ahead of this June's NBA Draft.

PETA is peeved with Michelle Obama and used little girls to tell her about it

First Lady Michelle Obama has earned the ire of three young girls. But they're not upset with her less-than-filling "Let's Move!" school lunches. Instead, these youngins are upset about the real eggs used in the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Jay Carney: “Never been a more transparent administration”

Despite consistent objections by journalists that the White House overly restricts press access, Press Secretary Jay Carney believes that there has "never been a more transparent administration."

Jay Carney: Toughest interview for Obama in 2012 was with Jon Stewart

Give comedian Jon Stewart a gold star sticker. The host of The Daily Show was President Barack Obama's toughest interviewer during the 2012 election cycle, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.

Congress

Arkansas US Sen. John Boozman having surgery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Boozman is undergoing surgery at an Arkansas hospital.

Republicans are winning the Twitters this year

Congrats, Congressional Republicans -- you're winning the Twitters so far in 2014!

Rep Black: GOP budget makes a path to a bright future

Our nation is $17.4 trillion in debt and out of control Washington spending has no end in sight. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that on our current trajectory we will return to $1 trillion annual budget deficits by the year 2022.

Cruz: Impeach Holder

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pulled no punches when criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, as he called on Congress to impeach the Department of Justice head.

Pelosi: GOP not acting on immigration because of race

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pulled the race card when speaking about Republicans' inaction in passing comprehensive immigration reform and said "race has something to do" with the GOP not bringing such legislation to the House floor.