By B.J. Drye, Editor
Friday, November 9, 2012 —
President Barack Obama on Tuesday became the second Democrat since World War II to become re-elected for a second term.
Much like 2008, Stanly County voters overwhelmingly sided with the Republican choice for president.
Mitt Romney received 19,698 votes (69 percent) compared to 8,287 votes (29 percent) for Democratic incumbent Barack Obama. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 291 votes (1 percent). There were 84 write-in votes.
Even though Obama won North Carolina in 2008 and had the Democratic National Convention this September in Charlotte, the majority of voters in the state selected Romney.
Romney garnered 2,252,830 votes (50.46 percent) compared to Obama’s 2,156,341 (48.29 percent). Johnson received 43,956 (0.98 percent) and there were 11,868 votes. Close to 4.5 million votes were cast statewide in the presidential race.
Romney gave his concession speech from Boston.
“The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work. And we citizens also have to rise to the occasion,” he said.
Obama addressed supporters at an event in Chicago just after midnight Wednesday morning, discussing the long campaign and what lies ahead.
“America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made, and continue to fight for new jobs, and new opportunity, and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founding — the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or who you love — it doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight — you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try,” Obama said.
“We want to pass on a country that’s safe and respected and admired around the world; a nation that is defended by the strongest military on Earth and the best troops this world has ever known — but also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being.
“I believe we can seize this future together — because we are not as divided as our politics suggest; we’re not as cynical as the pundits believe; we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions; and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America. And together, with your help, and God’s grace, we will continue our journey forward, and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.”
Throughout the country, 417 individuals filed a Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2) with the Federal Election Commission.
Compared to 2008, Obama picked up a few more votes in Stanly County, yet the margin of vicctory for the Republican candidate was still overwhelming. Obama received 8,878 votes in 2008, compared to Republican nominee John McCain’s 19,329 votes.
Historically, Stanly County has selected the future president 10 of the last 16 times. The county only chose a Democrat when Jimmy Carter won in 1976. The six times the county has predicted the presidential outcome wrong was when Democrats Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton (2) and Obama (2) won.