It has been a while since the last presidential elections was held for the US President in 2008, where it was remembered to be a clash of the titans against Barack Obama and John McCain. It can be amazing that even though the electoral leadership will be for the United States, the whole world is anticipating the event, as the US President not only affects the lives of its citizens within the 50 states, but also all the relationships it has established with other nations. People from all over the world are watching whether Barack Obama still has the confidence of the masses, or will they have a new president sit in inside the White House? Anyway, check the 10 interesting facts and trivia about US Presidential Elections 2012.
10. The Republican Elephant and the Democratic Donkey
Both the political symbols have been made by editorial section cartoonist, Thomas Nast, when he used the donkey for the Democratic Party, symbolizing an anti-civil war faction in 1870. The Republican Elephant was added by the said cartoonist, labeling the elephant back in Harper’s Weekly in 1874 as “the Republican Vote”.
9. November 6, 2012
The said date falls on a Tuesday, and it has never been by chance. The Presidential Elections have always been performed on a Tuesday, which dates back since 1845 due to travelling circumstances back in the days when there were no cars. People had to use the first Monday of November to ride carriages and horses in getting to designated voting venues.
8. Democratic versus Republican Members
These two opposing forces have been famous in the US electoral history and will be facing again this year. Although there are third-party running candidates, they are given less attention, as the Democratic and Republican parties are taking the scene. Here are the members of the said parties:Democratic Party: Incumbent President Barack Obama, Darcy Richardson, Jim Rogers, Vermin Supreme, and Randall Terry Republican Party: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum Third Parties: Laurence Kotlikoff, Buddy Roemer, Tiffany Briscoe, Robby Wells, Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay, Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Gary Johnson, Bill Still, RJ Harris, R. Lee Wrights, Peta Lindsay, Jack Fellure, Robert David Steele, Robert Burck, Terry Jones, and Joe Schriner
7. Poll Winner
This poll chart explains why President Barack Obama is a potential winner against Mitt Romney.
6. History May Repeat Itself
With the recent poll done by the ABC News and Washington Post, it shows the voting difference against President Obama and Mitt Romney, a lot like what was observed in 2008 against Obama and McCain where voters are leading over 45% to 51% in favor of the incumbent president.
5. Republican’s Winning Focus
In order for a Republican Party leader to win the voting, he or she needs to focus on two of the four levels of focus that comprises of preferences of individuals that can dictate their winning in the race for the 1,144 delegations. These are the social conservatives (pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-republican), the religious voters (Baptists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Mormons), the libertarians (low tax, less government, pro-market, anti-union), and the neoconvervatives that accepts foreign intervention and a better government.
4. Republican Party Representative
The Republican Party has not decided whom to set as leader, to date, as there is a choice whether it would be Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich that will lead the party to vie for the votes against the current Democratic Party leader. However, based on the results of the primaries and caucuses from 5 states to date, which is Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada, Mitt Romney is leading with 87 delegates against Gingrich’s 30. The winning party leader must have at least 1,144 total delegates.
3. President Obama’s Last Term
As the election for President and Vice President will be held on November 6, 2012, Tuesday, this will be the last term that incumbent president Barack Obama will be running for. In case, that he wins this election and he is appointed on December 17, 2012, then this will be the last time that President Obama will be serving his term as president of the United States, having a total term of 8 years.
2. Obama’s Deciding States
Even though incumbent president Barack Obama is the current crowd favorite, he still needs to gain the favor of over four key states that could turn the tides against him, if he does not work. Aside from Florida, which has a high dissatisfaction rating, President Obama also needs to address Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina.
1. President Obama may Bag the Presidential Election
Even though the Americans are not that satisfied with the performance that President Obama gave for the last four years of his term since 2008, it can be observed that majority of the masses, including those who participate in political betting, are in favor both of the Democratic Party, and of incumbent president Barack Obama. If he bags the position, he will be the third president that would serve two terms, over the last 50 years, which includes 12 presidents.