Barack Obama Reelected and Favored Among Latino Voters

After an intense presidential campaign, the United States of America's destiny for another four years will be governed by Barack Obama, who received the majority of the necessary electoral college votes. Even without counting Florida, Virginia and Nevada's votes, President Obama already had 280 electoral college votes, unlike Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who obtained 208. That being said, Obama has become the first African American to be reelected president and the first Democrat to accomplish this since Bill Clinton left the White House in the year 2000.

In addition to receiving media support from prestigious publications such as The New Yorker and The Washington Post, Obama was already backed by communities of “minorities,” particularly Hispanic voters. In the weeks leading up to the election, polls indicated that 70 percent of the Hispanic voters supported Obama, and another survey reported that seven out of every ten Hispanic voters would also vote for the Democratic nominee [es]. Nonetheless, many of them hope that the Obama administration will pay more attention to topics concerning the Latino community, employment, Voter ID laws, and immigration. With respect to the last issue, Obama promised to amend the split immigration reform during his “victory speech” in Chicago.

Although Obama has made it to the White House and Democrats are maintaining a majority in the Senate, Republicans have taken control of the House of Representatives, meaning the gridlock between Congress and the administration will continue.

Once again Twitter became the barometer for reactions at the conclusion of this electoral journey. The following are tweets from users who, for the most part, recognize that the Hispanic vote was the principal force behind the Obama victory:

@wbonillanu21: Barack Obama aparentemente ha sido reelegido como Presidente; gracias en parte al voto hispano que menosprecio su oponente.

@wbonillanu21: Apparently Barack Obama has been reelected as President; thanks in part to the Hispanic vote that hated his opponent.

@luiscbrinol: Obama ha ganado las elecciones y será renombrado Presidente de los EE.UU. de América. La clave: el voto hispano.

@luiscbrinol: Obama won the election and will be renamed President of the United States of America. The key: the Hispanic vote.

@sorayaalcala: Es MUY importante el discurso del presidente #OBAMA queremos escuchar su opinión sobre el voto hispano en estas reñidas elecciones

@sorayaalcalaPresident #OBAMA‘s speech is VERY important. We want to hear his opinion on the hispanic vote during this hard-fought election

@Soy_Salvadoreno: El voto hispano se hizo sentir en el 2012… que Dios ilumine al Presidente Obama durante los siguientes cuatro años…

@Soy_Salvadoreno: The Hispanic vote was felt in 2012… may God enlighten President Obama during the next four years…

@ProfeAlfaro: “@felipeviel: El voto hispano fue decisivo para el triunfo de Obama-Debe el pres. cambiar su política hacia los latinos

@ProfeAlfaro: “@felipeviel: The Hispanic vote was critical to Obama's victory – The pres. should change his policy towards the Latino community

@GabyMerlina: #Obama gana el puesto 45 como presidente de los EEUU. Gracias a un pueblo hispano que desde ahora le debe de responder en positivo!

@GabyMerlina#Obama won the position of 45th President of the United States. Thanks to a Hispanic community who he should respond positively to as of now!

@loroart: ojala y no se olvide el presidente BARACK OBAMA de lo importante que fue el VOTO HISPANO para su victoria

@loroart: I hope President BARACK OBAMA does not forget about the importance of the HISPANIC VOTE for his victory.

@luisg_sal: El voto hispano fue decisivo para reelegir al Presidente Obama. Constituyen una importante fuerza.

@luisg_sal: The hispanic vote was crucial for President Obama's reelection. They make up an important force.

Others like Barnabas Collins (@Whosjesus) assure that Obama is the candidate that the Latino community needs:

@Whoisjesus: Obama es el presidente que la comunidad hispano americana estuvo esperando por tantos años.

@Whoisjesus: Obama is the president that the Hispanic American community was waiting for for so many years.

Jose M Ambia Siliceo's (@joseambia) tweet seeks to be more specific, stating that the Mexican-American vote gave the Democratic candidate the victory:

@joseambia: Gana el Presidente Obama las elecciones presidenciales en Estados Unidos impulsado en forma contundente por el voto México-Americano-Hispano

@joseambia: President Obama wins the presidential election in the United Stated, driven forcefully by the Mexican-American Hispanic vote

Below are photos chronicling the electoral journey in New York City, where, despite the havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy, the election continued as usual. All photos were taken by the author:

Las urnas abrieron desde las seis de la mañana

The polling stations opened at 7 a.m.

Votantes en las urnas ejerciendo su voto.

Voters in the booths exercising their right to vote.

De acuerdo a la ley,  no se permitía hacer campaña electoral en las inmediaciones de los centros electorales

According to the law, electioneering is prohibited in the vicinity of the polling stations.

Ejemplo de una balota con los nombres de los candidatos

Example of a ballot with the names of the candidates.

Entre tanto, el comité republicano de Nueva York se reunía en el Westin Grand Central para darle seguimiento a las elecciones

Amidst the election, the Republican committee of New York met at the Westin Grand Central to follow the election.

Entre tanto, en Harlem, un barrio cuya mayoría pertenece a las comunidades de color, salió a las calles a celebrar la victoria de Obama.

In Harlem, where a majority of African Americans and immigrants reside, many took to the streets to celebrate Obama's victory.

A medida que la gente se aglomeraba para celebrar, la policía acordonaba el lugar.

While people gathered in celebration, police surrounded the area.

La emoción se apoderó de este taxista, quien al ver la algarabía se bajó de su taxi y celebró la victoria.

Excitement seized this taxi driver, who got out of his cab and celebrated the victory upon seeing the festivities.

Algunos ya llegaban con accesorios indicando cuatro años más con Barack Obama

Some arrived with accessories cheering on for four more years with Barack Obama.


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