After the Election: What Do DU Students Think?
On November 6, 2012, the American people spoke in the presidential election. President and incumbent Barack Obama secured his second term in the White House by obtaining both more electoral and popular votes than opponent Mitt Romney. The Democrats maintained control of the Senate, while the Republicans still have the majority in the House of Representatives.
These are important pieces of information that everyone should be aware of. However, in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, I have become very interested about how DU students reacted to the outcome of this election. This was the first election in which I was eligible to vote, and I know that many of my fellow students faced a similar situation on Election Tuesday. Additionally, it is obvious that many DU students regularly follow politics, as there are many political organizations on campus to become involved in. There were also Facebook pages that one could join, depending on whether they preferred “DU Students for Obama” or “DU Students for Romney.” DU has an educated, politically aware student population that has opinions about politics, particularly that of the outcome of this most recent election.
When asked about his thoughts regarding the recent results, Adam Hammerman, a sophomore, expressed his profound dissatisfaction by simply stating, “It sucks.” On a different note, Kaitlyn Mcglamery, a sophomore, was excited about President Obama’s reelection. During the months leading up to the election, she noticed that “Obama is willing to invest in the future – for students and for the environment. These issues are of utmost importance to me and Romney did not seem at all concerned about them.”
Some students, however, remain relatively neutral about the results, as not everyone staunchly supported either President Obama or Governor Romney. Anna Hendricks, a sophomore, stated her opinion that “the lesser of two evils got elected. I’m not really excited about Obama, but I’m definitely glad Romney wasn’t elected. Romney was way too shady about everything…I’m amazed he got as many people to vote for him as he did.”
For many DU students, as either temporary or permanent residents in a crucial swing state, every student witnessed numerous campaign ads. This was the case for Jacquelyn Villa, a sophomore. She says that “I was very excited that I was able to vote in my first presidential election, especially with all of the different attention that Colorado was receiving.” After finding out that President Obama had been reelected, she was “extremely happy…all of my family was celebrating.” Overall, her elation stemmed from the fact that “I was able to witness real change and proudly say that I had witnessed the country come together. I took part in an amazing privilege that we have, all while making a great decision for our future. I couldn’t be more excited by the outcome of the election, having Obama as our president for four more years, and seeing our country move forward.”
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