Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Massachusetts Senator would replace outgoing Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
President Obama plans to nominate U.S. Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State, reports ABC News and other news outlets. Kerry, if nominated by Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would replace outgoing Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Obama has reportedly made his decision but does not plan to announce it within the next few days, partly because of sensitivities surrounding the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Kerry became the front runner for the top diplomatic post in the wake of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from consideration. Kerry had reportedly been under consideration for the Secretary of Defense post, but former U.S. Senator Charles Hagel, R-Neb., tops the list of …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Local Democrats and Republicans talk how to move forward now that the election is over.
No matter which side or candidate you were supporting, the 2012 election was likely one of the most politically and socially divisive elections in recent years. And victory was decidedly with one party in Massachusetts -- the Democrats -- on Tuesday with some hotly contested races that initially appeared could swing either way. The congressional race between incumbent John Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei was widely considered one of the nastiest in the nation, highlighted by scathing attacks in political ads from both sides and even in person between the rival candidates. The U.S. Senate race between incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren was similarly neck-and-neck at times and just as divisive…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
A majority of voters in Massachusetts on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 11 Electoral votes.
Barack Obama won Massachusetts' 11 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 3 out of 5 times. Shortly after 8 p.m., the AP called Massachusetts for Obama, along with with six other east coast states and the District of Columbia. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Massachusetts. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state, as was the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare. Romney cast his ballot this morning in his hometown of Belmont, …
What's it like inside one of America's most exclusive parties? Patch is there to find out.
Mitt Romney's back in Massachusetts and throwing a party tonight. Ever wonder what a presidential election night party is like? What do you wear? What's the food like? How excited do people get? Newton Patch Editor Melanie Graham is at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center for Romney's shin-dig and will tweet out all these details and more as the night goes on.
How might the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren affect the presidential race—and vice-versa? Find out what local politicos think, and check here late for election results. Connect with us on Twitter at #PatchElections.
Check back at your local Patch all day for live election updates. While Massachusetts is expected to go to Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the race for President of the United States, influential Massachusetts political insiders have varying opinions on how the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren will affect the presidential race, and vice versa. According to results from the Blue Commonwealth and Red Commonwealth surveys sent out last week and compiled today, Monday, 60 percent of the 23 local Republicans who responded think that the Brown-Warren race will result a modest increase in votes for Romney, while 40 percent of the 20 local Democrats who responded think the U.S. Senate race will increase Obama's total of …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Haven't made up your mind who to vote for?
A new NBC News/WSJ poll shows President Obama at 48 percent and Mitt Romney at 47 percent. That suggests there are still a bunch of undecided voters. The candidates are both out getting their messages to voters in a final push before the ballot. Are you still undecided? If so, what is going to make up your mind between now and Tuesday? What can either candidate do to sway your vote? Let us know in the comments and discuss.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Vote in our poll, and share your thoughts in the comments field below.
A Washington Post/ABC poll released this week showed that 80 percent of voters feel President Obama has done a good job dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – a staunch supporter of Mitt Romney – praised Obama's response to the storm, which devastated parts of New Jersey and New York and caused serious damage in many other states, including New Hampshire. Obama also received the endorsement of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday, with Bloomberg citing Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy as one of the main reasons he decided to support the president. Meanwhile, Romney's previous pledge to abolish FEMA hasn't helped him in the wake of the storm. What do you think? Will Hurricane …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney squared off in the third and last presidential debate on Monday, Oct. 22. Here's how Massachusetts Republicans and Democrats reacted.
Massachusetts Republicans and Democrats both expressed confidence in their candidates after the final presidential debate, with Republicans citing Gov. Mitt Romney projecting an image of a "capable Commander-in-Chief" and Democrats citing President Barack Obama's line about the military having "fewer horses and bayonets" as standout moments: that's the major finding of the Red and Blue Commonwealth flash polls sent out to local politicos immediately after the debate ended on Monday night. Obama and Romney faced off on Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florda, with CBS' Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer moderating a debate that focused on foreign policy, but regularly delved back into domestic policy differences between the …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 22.
The nation's voters are now looking forward to the third debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. The debate, moderated by veteran Washington journalist Bob Schieffer, will focus on foreign policy topics, including China and the Middle East. The third presidential debate between Obama and Romney is set for 9 p.m EST on Monday, Oct. 22. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Full info on Monday night's debate, presented by the Commission on Presidential …