Barack Obama Wins California

Voters in California on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 55 electoral votes.

President Barack Obama won California's 55 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney.

In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race three out of five times.

Romney and Obama visited California frequently to raise funds during the campaign, but the state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections.

The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state, but voter support for the president remained strong.

"It's incredibly important that Barack Obama gets another chance because no other president has inherited the mess for a lack of a better word that he inherited... if he wasn't blocked like he was in his first four years, now he might actually have a chance to do something," said Scarlett Savage of Santa Monica.

Russ Sawyer November 09, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Hey American Girl...........how's your conservatism going??? LOL
Anon November 09, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Well he lost because of voter fraud, and thats it. You will always have your idiot sheep voters out there that want handouts, thats a given. But Obama had this in the bag long ago with voter fraud.
Tim Sole November 09, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Marg, I, was on the losing side of this election also, that being said, the people voted and decided that they want President Elect Obama's vision for the country. I may not agree with that vision, but, the people spoke and that's that. If your parents are retired military as you say, then they would have taught you about honor, honor is not only an obligation to oneself, it's also to honor the voice of the electorate, they spoke, let's honor their wishes.
Jake Mans November 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Obama has ruined the US. He had total control his first two yrs, losers. And look at the unemployment and shrinking job market. Off the cliff soon and your hero wil get the true ruin he deserves...Yes!
Chris November 09, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Read the article and it talks about scores of businesses and their "layoffs due to Obama's Re-election." I then read the article they used as a data source which talks about "how many businesses have announced closings or layoffs since Obama won a second term?" The first article isn't really news, but simple right wing propoganda. Simply looking at the actual companies firing people speaks volumes. A lead recycler? A chemical weapons incinerator? The maker of BlackBerry phones? A journal? Boeing? US Cellular? A space exploration company? A wind turbine maker? Plus there are explainations NOT linked to the election explaining the reasons behind the layoffs such as poor 3rd quarters, less government spending in space and aviation and such. There were just a few companies citing Obamacare. It looks like the author of your article read the first one and then caught a case of Romnesia. As for the market, take a look at the new Eurozone forecast and fiscal cliff. You can blame Obama winning for some of the fiscal cliff piece due to him having to try to work with a lame duck Congress again. Maybe they can waste some more time trying to vote out Obamacare when they no that the Senate will never repeal it.
Cheese with Whine November 09, 2012 at 10:31 PM
UH Marge? When Bush came into office there was a surplus, when he exited there was a 6 trillion dollar deficit. As Clinton said, do the arithmetic.
KMD November 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I have a mixed race child too. It's not even a topic in our house b/c he doesn't view himself as a victim of his skin color. His answer to: What is your race/ethnicity? "Human." Way to go buddy! Love that kid!
Cheese with Whine November 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
See Marcus's response to you, Large marge. He's right, your immature name calling is offensive. Libtards? Your whole premise is predicated upon hate. It is people like you, as well as Fox news, which lost this election.
Riley Willerson November 09, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Same old bla bla bla, illegal immigration is encouraged..... Tom, why is it that because the Hispanic population is growing, You and many other right wingers play the blame game for what is contributing to it. I rarely , no I mean, I have never seen an American out in the fields, I am sure if someone gets hungry enough they may try it. I do agree with your statement about republicans need to abandon the abortion and gay posturing, but add one one more issue, "immigration" yes it needs to be revised, but it cant be the focus of the election battle. But maybe you were not just speaking about Hispanics, but all illegals who are in our wonderful Country. And did it ever cross your mind that Whites voted for Romney just as Blacks voted for Obama? See how silly your comment about how a race voted can swing both ways.
Cheese with Whine November 09, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Interesting that you are calling is "big babies" when you and your ilk are engaging in endless whining about the election. Would you like some cheese with your whine? Because I hear Karl Rove has nothing but time on his hands.
Cheese with Whine November 09, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Kevin George: Marcus is asking both sides to refrain from using the word (or variation of the word) in order to insult. I don't care if it's a liberal or a conservative, it's just wrong to use "retard" as a means to insult. The world would be a much better world if we were all more like the special children and adults anyway.
David V. November 09, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Quickly: 1. Obama does not have a racist bone in his body. There are important racial divisions, and class divisions, and gender divisions in our society. Pretending they don't exist does not make them go away. Am I a racist too for noting their existence? It seems to me that denying the scope of racism in our society obscures an important truth and allows racism to flourish. We should be vigorously searching out racism; when we identify it, we should call it out and fight it with everything we have. Racism is a powerful force in our society; it and its legacy endure and have shaped so much of our society as it is today. You are blind, perhaps willfully so, to ignore it or pretend it does not exist. 2. There *is* a war on women. I don't see how you miss it. Some people want to deny women control over their bodies and limit abortion. Others deny that rape can cause pregnancy, or that all rapes are "legitimate." Others object to making contraception part of every woman's government-guaranteed health insurance plan, as it must be if women are to have full control over reproduction. I won't dignify your comments "crackpot" candidates with a response. 3. Life *is* unfair -- terribly so -- to poor people in the absence of vigorous government antipoverty programs. Poverty should be one of our most pressing concerns. We should care about poor people a lot more than rich people, who take care of themselves just fine in the market economy.
Tim November 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I don’t see why there is so much fuss over social justice and the equalization of Opportunity. The fuss isn't over "equalization of opportunity", it's over the left-wing philosophy of "equalization if outcome"
Cheese with Whine November 09, 2012 at 10:54 PM
All the whining about the outcome of the election takes me back to 2000. Gore had actually won the election but suspicious activity coming out of Florida led to Bush claiming it. We were right to whine back then because, see? Al Gore had actually won the presidential election, not Bush. This was the time I saw bumperstickers which read,"Bush Won--Get Over It." Okay Republicans, right back at you.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 09, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Sorry, Kevin, looks like you were a trendsetter. There was a rash of Kevins who are bout 35-40 in the era it became far more popular
David V. November 09, 2012 at 10:58 PM
(continued) What you villify as "class warfare" I call compassion. Yes, the top earners pay the most in taxes -- because they have the most money. If we raise the incomes of the middle class and the working poor, they will pay more in taxes. Income inequality is a huge drag on economic growth, and it has to be narrowed. Economic growth was strongest in the past century when tax rates on the wealthy were the highest and when inequality was at its lowest. 4. Jane Mayer, an award-winning New Yorker writer, has definitively shown that voter fraud is a myth. Your reliance on a frindge website, rather than a credible source, is unfortunate. See Mayer's article here. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/10/29/121029fa_fact_mayer. 5. On the Libyan attack, it's a shame that you choose to politicize an attack on Americans and repeat vile and poorly sourced talking points. The truth is otherwise, and your citations to fringe sources, rather than mainstream media publications is telling. See http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/11/04/foxs-wallace-forwards-right-wing-myth-that-obam/191126 I have learned a lot about the twists and turns of the right-wing mind. Thank you for answering my questions.
David V. November 09, 2012 at 11:03 PM
No, the Ryan budget proposes taking away *my* Medicare. And that is a problem, because insurance markets do not work well for older people. And that is why we all should fight the House Republicans and the Ryan budget. Because medical insurance is a necessity -- it cannot be voucherized -- in old age.
One of the intelligent ones November 09, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Hey! East Bay Tea Party. Yeah, you knuckleheads. Take down your freeway sign. Consider this YOUR pink slip. You're FIRED!
Kevin George November 09, 2012 at 11:05 PM
David V. you can't be serious. Please give one example of a City, State or Country that has taxed it's way to prosperity.
Russ Sawyer November 09, 2012 at 11:07 PM
LOL Hey American Girl...........how's your conservatism going??? LOL
Chris J Kapsalis November 09, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Not sure why there is not a move to do away with the electoral college. The popular vote was nearly 50/50. It was a landslide in electoral votes. I am happy Obama won but I still do not care for this system. The big metro areas would skew the vote? Looks like if it were a popular vote, obviously it is a consensus of the people strait forward. This Electoral College has to end. Like we can't be trusted to decide? They decide for us? And if they do not honor the popular vote, which only 29 states say they should, they pay a $1000 fine? If anything at all. I would really like to see how many were ever fined, or even questioned? That is peanuts to these people. It is corrupted. End it. And stop the hate. We are all Americans. Accept it or change it. It is an experiment after all. The electoral college failed imo. I can't see how the popular vote means anything. Gore won my half million in 2000. Oh well.
Jimmy Sanders November 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Lordy, Lordy, I see the light. Sign me up as a collectivist!
No Bad Government November 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM
If all you knuckleheads think spending more money is going to solve everything, watch this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFP-2_iDYMU&feature=fvsr The tax and spend policies of this administration is going to kill whatever chance we had of getting back the golden goose. You get what you vote for. Greece here we come. See you in four years and then tell me you are happy with your health care premium increase or rationed care, or adding millions to the welfare rolls once they give the next wave of amnesty, or seeing the next wave of Cities going BK because they can't afford to pay the pensions and benefits. Obama blows a half billion on Solyndra and the dems all go, oh well, the next one will be better. Obama covers up Bengazi and it all slides under the rug. So much for transparency. Welcome to the United Socialists States of America
David V. November 09, 2012 at 11:38 PM
What I actually said was that your claim, that raising taxes cannot raise government revenue, is false. If you raise tax rates from the current rates to the rates people making over $350,000 paid in the 1990s, you will generate more revenue. But to answer your question: yes, economic growth can, and indeed has, co-existed with high marginal rates. Economic growth was at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s -- when top marginal income tax rates were 70-90%. It's only when you wear right-wing ideological blinders that you can conclude that taxing those who can afford to pay the most a little bit more somehow won't work. The Congressional Research Service concluded as much in a recent report -- which the Republicans in Congress had suppressed. See http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/business/questions-raised-on-withdrawal-of-congressional-research-services-report-on-tax-rates.html?ref=business&_r=3&
Gayle M. Montgomery November 09, 2012 at 11:39 PM
So let me tell you about those big baby liberals I volunteered with: An optometrist, a speech pathologist, an RN, a school principal, a patent attorney, all females, various colors who worked beside countless men and women, some Republicans even, for the election of the President. It is this kind of talk that turned people off, but Ledbetter is an economic situation for countless females. Add to it the cost of caring for one's family with no insurance, or insurance that is beyond affordable and doesn't cover much, not to mention invasions of our bodies and the concept that there was such a thing as a legitimate rape. Seems to me the big babies here are folks like you that have yet to figure out the name calling and attacks on people who do not share your views, in the aggregate hurt your party. Even more so, I talked to countless members of the Greatest Generation in battleground states on the phone banks. They could not stand your candidate for his talking out of both sides of his mouth. Extremist techniques do not prevail. It has been proven. So grow up, get over it, and stop your whining. It is the law of the land for at least four more years.
Albert Rubio November 09, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I don't claim to understand much of what you said, But one thought did come to mind: >Property rights are a superstition Property rights are not a superstition. Property rights are a means (the only means) for a society to maintain and increase peace and prosperity. Once Property rights can no longer be upheld, there is no way to create stable peace and prosperity. The modern world would no longer be possible. Property rights are in fact human rights. Such rights are in all our interests as without them, life is quite intolerable. Most of the world and its history attests to this.
David V. November 09, 2012 at 11:42 PM
You use a lot of invective, but you haven't said anything here. In fact, spending -- stimulus -- is what is needed to achieve economic recovery in a recession. That's Keynesian economics, which worked to end the Great Depression. Austerity, on the other hand -- the policies of Herbert Hoover, and now of the European Union -- will cause recessions to deepen. That's what Greece is suffering from now. Moreover, your claim of overloaded welfare rolls is false. We ended welfare in the 1990s. Using the word "socialism" doesn't make anything you say any more true.
5150 November 09, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Well one thing is certain the obamanator will be out of office in 4 years.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Hi everyone—We are closing comments on this story so that our editors can move from moderation to other tasks. Please join the conversation on other post-election stories on our Patch sites. Thank you all for your contributions.
Marcus November 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM
@Kevin George - Yes even left wing liberals shouldn't be saying that word as well. Come on peeps, show some love and heart, and just sling mud at grown ups who can defend themselves. Whether you are right or left!


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