Four years after then-Senator Barack Obama rode an unprecedented wave of enthusiasm and optimism all the way to his election as the first African-American president of the United States, the Democratic incumbent succeeded in his re-election bid Tuesday night.
The brief moment of fame the Stanford in Washington (SIW) students and their cutouts enjoyed was not the only way this year’s election has affected their experience in the nation’s capital. In fact, for most SIW students, the election was the satisfying culmination of a quarter of political mania.
Repeating the results of the historic 2008 presidential election, voters at campus precincts overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama on Tuesday. An exit poll conducted by The Daily showed that 88.11 percent of campus voters favored granting the Democratic candidate a second term.
Proposition 36, which reforms California’s three-strikes law, is headed for passage while voters have rejected Proposition 34, which would have eliminated the death penalty, and Proposition 37, which would have mandated the labeling of genetically-modified food. Governor Jerry Brown’s signature ballot initiative, Proposition 30, will likely pass by two percent.
Booker sat down with The Daily in advance of the 2012 presidential election to discuss his predictions, the impact of Hurricane Sandy on governance and bipartisanship and the most pressing issues that will need to be addressed by the winner of the presidential election.