By Jamal Boubakri
By Jamal Boubakri
Morocco World News
Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2012
On Tuesday, tens of millions of Americans cast their votes to select the next US president. The early results showed a very tight battle between Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. After winning most of the battleground states, Barack Obama was re-elected for four more years as the 44th President of the United States of America.
What factors helped Obama win?
Demographics, turnout and the economy had a crucial impact on Tuesday’s polls. The Obama campaign was focused on the middle class, including youth voters, African Americans, Latinos and immigrants. Early projections reflected a pro-Obama turnout by minorities and single women so big that in some key states it exceeded numbers seen during his historic election in 2008 as America’s first black president. According to ABC News, in Pennsylvania, for example, African-American turnout exceeded 2008 levels.
In addition, more Americans of late have increased their confidence that the economy is headed in the right direction. The unemployment rate has dropped over consecutive months. According to the US Department of Labor, the unemployment rate has fallen to 7.9% last month compared to 10% in October of 2009. The Obama administration has presided over the creation of over 5.5 million new private sectors jobs over the last four years in office.
Still, millions of Americans continue to struggle to find a decent job, which made it difficult to predict before election night whether these improvements among the economic indicators were enough to convince Americans to support the president.
Recently, the Obama administration showed that it is willing to fix the broken immigration system in the US. Just last summer, the President approved the “Dream Act” that gives young illegal immigrants the right to apply for work permits and driving licenses. That helped Obama get more than 70% of Latino votes on Tuesday, especially in swing states like Colorado.
Additionally, Obama maintained his support among women: 55-percent voted for him, about the same percentage as in 2008.
When it comes to Arab-Americans, including the Moroccan community, they are mostly concerned about problems that they face on a daily basis as other Americans. But, they tend to favor Obama over Romney, because of his foreign policy.
Yes, Obama won his re-election for four more years. Yet, still a lot of work to be done. Will Democrats and Republicans come together and focus on addressing issues that matter the most to Americans and the world? Will Obama move America forward and keep the hope of millions of Americans?
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