The 2012 election is here, and The Knox Student is bringing you live updates on all the action. You can check this page for the latest polls, election results as they come in, national coverage of last-minute campaigning and reactions from the Knox community.
For complete coverage from this election season going back to the primaries, check out our special Election 2012 page.
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TKS will be at the campus Election Night party starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Taylor Student Lounge.
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1:18 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
“We will find an ocean of tomorrows,” Obama said.
His speech has now ended.
1:17 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
President Obama has now been speaking for about an hour. There is still a lot of energy in the room, both from him and the audience.
1:14 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
More from Obama:
Our economy will be stronger one, five, 10 years from now.
If we focus on what matters, more Americans will understand the pride of that first paycheck.
What makes us special is giving everyone the ability to pursue their own success.
1:12 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
If we don’t do anything that Obama talked about, America would get by and remain a world power. But then part of our character would be lost. Tensions would rise. It’s not the America Obama sees.
Obama doesn’t want to wait until the next presidency to tackle these issues.
The only thing he cares about is using every minute of the end of his term to make this country work.
1:03 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Obama: We cannot turn our backs on any of our fellow citizens.
Obama will focus on an economy that grows from the middle out, not the top down.
1:01 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
MORE from Obama’s speech:
There are too many people in poverty. In America, we don’t guarantee success. We expect people to be self-reliant. But that’s combined with equality of opportunity, idea that if you work hard, you can make it too.
We have to give everyone a chance to work their way into the middle class.
New push to build rundown neighborhoods, we need to get people back on their feet.
Because no one who works full time should have to live in poverty, Obama will keep working to raise minimum wage.
12:59 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Recap of cornerstones for strong middle class: Good jobs, good education, home of your own, retirement security and healthcare security.
12:57 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Fifth cornerstone for a strong middle class: Healthcare.
If you have a preexisting health condition, new law starting January 1 will require health insurance agencies to cover you for the same cost, Obama said.
12:53 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Third cornerstone for a strong middle class: Home ownership.
12:51 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
More updates on President Obama’s speech:
Families can’t keep paying more into a system where costs are going up 5-7% each year. We have to get more out of what we pay for.
“It is critical that we make sure college is affordable for every single American,” he said. Huge applause.
12:47 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
“As we speak, federal agencies are moving on my plan to connect 99 percent of American students to high speed internet over next five years.” – Obama
12:45 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
“Technology and global competition aren’t going away. So we can either throw up our hands … or we can do what America’s always done, which is adapt and pull together and fight back and win.”
Obama’s second cornerstone for a strong middle class is a good education. Obama wants to make it affordable.
12:41 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
“Let’s tell the world that America is open for business,” Obama said.
12:38 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
More from Obama:
But if we don’t have a growing, driving middle class, then we won’t have resources to solve a lot of these problems. We won’t have the resolve, the optimism, the sense of unity that we need to solve these other issues.
I would love to work with Republicans and Democrats wherever I can.
There are members of both parties who understand what’s at stake.
“I will not allow gridlock or inaction or willful indifference to get in our way.”
I will use executive power.
12:33 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Obama begins listing what things he wants to happen, including health insurance and reducing poverty. There’s a standing ovation, lots of applause, cheering.
12:33 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Obama: America has to make the investments necessary to promote long term growth and help sustain the economy.
“Over the next several weeks in towns across this country I will be engaging American people in this debate.”
12:31 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Someone in the audience just shouted that someone in their family now has health insurance. There was huge applause. The president recognized him and thanked him.
12:30 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Washington hasn’t just ignored the economic problems, but has made them worse.
We’re under-investing in the things that this country needs to make more jobs.
The good thing is that Republicans and Democrats have started working together in the Senate.
12:26 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Obama: “Reversing these trends has to be Washington’s highest priority.” Huge applause.
“They’re certainly my highest priority.” Huge applause.
12:25 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
The average American earns less than he or she did in the late 1990s.
More students are earning their degree today, but soaring costs leave them with unsustainable debt.
Working families haven’t seen savings yet.
The stock market rebound helped a lot of families, but millions of Americans still don’t know how they’ll retire.
“The trends that I spoke about here in 2005 … those trends have been made worse by the recession. And that’s a problem.”
“Inequality of opportunity … is not just morally wrong, it’s bad economics.”
12:22 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
More from President Barack Obama’s speech:
“We sell more products made in America than ever before,” he said.
The cost of healthcare is growing at its slowest rate in 50 years.
Our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years.
“Thanks to the grit and resilience and determination of the American people, folks like you, we’ve been able to clear away the rubble from the financial crisis,” he said.
12:21 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
More from Obama’s speech:
“By the time I took office in 2009, the bubble had burst,” the president said.
It cost a lot of people their homes and their banks.
Now, five years later, America is back on the up-and-up.
We tore down a broken healthcare system, we’re working on alternate energy to release ourselves from oil dependency, we changed the tax code that was skewed in favor of the wealthy.
Our businesses have created new jobs, and this year we have a stronger private sector job role since 1999.
12:16 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Last time the president was here was for a commencement address. It was his first big speech as a new Illinois senator. He spoke about how this area was important, and how it best represented what’s happening in America.
He came to talk about what the changing economy was doing to the middle class.
He had listened to stories about residents losing their jobs at the Maytag company, teachers whose salaries couldn’t keep up with the prices of groceries and young people who had the drive to pursue a further education but not the money.
These were people who wanted to pursue the American dream, but the odds seemed stacked against them. President Obama says they were right.
12:11 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
The president has just arrived. His first remarks: “Hello, Galesburg. It’s good to be back.”
12:08 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
The Presidential Seal is in place. The speech should be starting soon.
12:07 pm, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Applause was just started by the people in the bleachers behind the podium, and then faltered off.
The White House press has filed in and taken their seats on what would be stage left, away from the rest of the media stations.
11:59 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
According to the Register-Mail’s Facebook page, the motorcade was making its way from the airport as of three minutes ago.
11:56 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
According to Tom Martin, the Editor-in-chief of the Galesburg Register-Mail, Director of Multicultural Student Advisement Tianna Cervantez said that Knox and Galesburg community members were chosen to sit in the bleachers behind the podium based on how excited their responses were when spoken to and asked a few questions.
11:52 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
The time is 11:53 a.m. The speech should be starting any minute now. Word on this side of the fence is that President Obama is en route.
11:40 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
A number of people have just filled the bleachers behind the area where President Obama will stand to deliver his speech. It appears that most of these people are Knox students, including seniors Ryan West, Evan Balzuweit and James Lichtenstein. Alumni Kenton Tilford ’13, Saskia Pellnat ’13, Arnold Salgado ’13, Nicole Greene-Winek ’13 and Allister Byrd ’13 are also present.
11:32 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Signs are not allowed inside the Memorial Gym today. According to a tweet from @afpillinois, a few people representing them were escorted off campus for having a sign. Theirs criticized President Obama’s economic policies.
It has also been rumored that one person or a group of people had wanted to bring in a sign stating, “Impeach Obama.”
Regardless of what the signs say, none of them are being allowed.
Also not allowed in the Memorial Gym are liquids, large bags and sharp objects.
11:20 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Suit-clad Galesburg High School student is leading the gym in the national anthem.
Be sure to follow Twitter for to-the-minute updates.
11:19 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
The entire room is standing for the pledge of allegiance, which is being led by a Knox alum.
11:15 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
With about 40 minutes until the speech is expected to begin, it appears as though all the seats in the bleachers have been filled. The gym has been filled with a hubbub since people began entering the space.
More members of the Knox Community have been spotted, including:
And Amott has been spotted speaking with Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn.
11:06 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
Lots of Knox faculty, staff and students are here. Below, a brief list:
Make sure to keep up with us on Twitter by following @theknoxstudent, Editor-in-chief Charlie Gorney @Charlie_Gorney, Copy Editor Gabrielle Rajerison @likeserendipity, and myself @chelseeandsay.
10:49 am, Wednesday, Jul 24Chelsea Embree
There’s still an hour until the President is expected to speak, and the Memorial Gym is already nearly filled. Nine American flags have been counted. The secret service have been spotted. And so have former President of the College Roger Taylor, current President Teresa Amott, and former Mayor of Galesburg Sal Garza.
Stay tuned here for more updates.
10:56 am, Sunday, Apr 7Anna Meier
I had a fantastic two hours at the Broadview this morning chatting with some 40-year regulars. One of my favorites was Mike Allen, 70, a Vietnam War veteran who now works with AmVets. Back when he was serving in the war, he got paid 78 dollars a month–roughly 10 cents per hour. (Sorry about having to spell those amounts out; the liveblog doesn’t seem to like displaying anything with a dollar sign in front of it.) Nowadays, he spends his time at the Broadview, talking with soldiers who have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq about how they can get their veterans’ benefits. “You get paid for what you do in the kindness of the things you do,” Allen said.
10:25 am, Sunday, Apr 7Paige Anderson
Although most customers have no complaints with the Broadview, last night, one Galesburg resident, Frank Theobald, had his share of complaints about everything from the atmosphere to the service. The difference between the current Broadview and its ’50s equivalent was “day and night.” Citing Galesburg’s long history of mysterious fires, he asked “What time are we going to burn it down? We need a new Broadview.”
9:53 am, Sunday, Apr 7Paige Anderson
This morning, Anna Meier talked to 80-year-old Shirley Pritchard about the Broadview in the ’60s, when it was a bar called the Inn Place. She said if you didn’t show up for two days in a row, someone would check to see if you were dead.
7:38 am, Sunday, Apr 7Anna Meier
At 3 a.m., co-Mosaic editor Chelsea Embree arrived to a packed Broadview. By 5 a.m., she was the only person there.
11:25 pm, Saturday, Apr 6Paige Anderson
Today I learned: The LARC club raises a glass in the Broadview Lounge after every game.
8:25 pm, Saturday, Apr 6Chelsea Embree
Gabby the copyeditor has just told me that she almost passed out on her shift. So there’s a story.
7:44 pm, Saturday, Apr 6Charlie Megenity
From Reporter Kiannah Sepeda-Miller:
The Broadview has filled up significantly. I’ve talked to a few regulars — regulars who have been coming here “forever,” as Al Larson put it. Marilyn and Glen Egil, also retired, have made dining at the Broadview a tradition for a decade.
4:01 pm, Saturday, Apr 6Charlie Megenity
From Copy Editor Kyle Cruz:
Larry Luallen, 67, of Woodhull, Ill. drives 18 miles at least once a week to eat at the Broadview, following his father, who frequented the restaurant as well.
2:33 pm, Saturday, Apr 6Paige Anderson
I didn’t have enough space in my article to include any quotes from Galesburg resident John Wees, but he was awesome. He’s been coming to the Broadview for 10 years. He gets breakfast with friends five days a week and according to him, at the Broadview, “everybody knows everybody in the mornings.”
2:12 pm, Saturday, Apr 6Chelsea Embree
Casey the photog told me that Kyle the copyeditor has discovered that there is a Broadview ghost. And her name is Laverne. I am so looking forward to reading more about that.
1:33 pm, Saturday, Apr 6Paige Anderson
Just finished the first shift. Was interviewing Broadview regulars the entire time, including a woman who had been going there for 35 years. Can’t wait to write up this article.
12:03 pm, Saturday, Apr 6Charlie Megenity
24 Hours at the Broadview has begun! Co-Mosaic Editor Paige Anderson is taking the first shift.
10:17 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
NBC declares Obama the winner.
9:35 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Chelsea Embree
Unofficial election results are in for Galesburg!
Information comes from the City of Galesburg’s website.
The total number of ballots cast was 12,318, so for those of you who like percentages, that’s about 65% turnout.
(For the record, I am rounding percentages down. This makes my life easier. Yes.)
For the presidential/vice-presidential race, Obama/Biden got 7,689 votes (62%) and Romney/Ryan got 4,305 (35%).
For congressional representative, the race got a little tighter. Cheri Bustos (D) got 7,070 votes (58%) and Bobby Schilling (R) got 4,942 (41%).
The candidates for State’s Attorney not only featured an Independent party, but said Independent got a substantial amount of votes. Their candidate was Erik Gibson, who got 5,042 votes (42%), but John Pepmeyer (D) took the race with 6,746 (57%).
These, I think, are the names more people will recognize. Other election results can be found here: http://www.ci.galesburg.il.us/galesburg_2012_general_election_results_-_unofficial/
9:08 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Bustos up 55-45 on Schilling with 43 percent reporting according New York Times
8:55 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Update on electoral map: Romney 154 Obama 144 according to New York Times
8:09 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Updated electoral vote count: 110 Obama, 139 Romney. Virginia, Florida and other swing states still not called.
7:52 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Are there reasons why we should keep the electoral college? Professor Civettini says yes; imagine a 2000 election Florida-style recount all the time. Yikes! Certainly ups and downs here.
7:50 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Assistant Professor of Political Science Andrew Civettini says we are likely to see 53 Democratic senators and a House controlled by the Republican party. Thus, regardless of who wins, Congress is likely to remain divided.
7:48 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Vice President Joe Biden is already building momentum for the 2016 election, Associate Professor of Educational Studies Kelton Williams said.
7:47 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Thoughts from professors:
Assistant Professor of History Emre Sencer: “In Turkey, they’re already saying that Obama won.”
Instructor of Journalism David Amor: “Whether [social media] affects turnout, who knows. But it’s helped people raise a ton of money.”
Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Kelton Williams: “The biggest difference [in this election with respect to unions] is how you identify public sector unions and private sector unions. Private sector unions are not a big deal in this election. Public sector unions, especially teachers’ unions, are a big deal. There’s a lot of animosity among the Republicans going towards public sector and teachers’ unions. I don’t think Democrats are much more in favor of teachers’ unions; they’re just much better at playing up to the teachers’ unions.”
Instructor of Journalism David Amor: “We’ll have to wait on the House and Senate races [to see how things will change].”
7:41 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Chelsea Embree
It’s the election viewing party in the Taylor Student Lounge and things are already insane. There’s been an incredible turnout and some people are very disappointed that they didn’t get any pizza from baked. (Cough).
With the race so close, many students seem concerned about more than just their stomachs.
Junior Shelly Bhanot seems to have been affected by polls as recent as yesterday.
“I kept on thinking about the importance of the electoral college, and how the majority of that determines the winner of the election. And I thought, oh, well [Obama] definitely has the majority of Illinois, so I don’t have to go vote,” Bhanot said. “Then I saw the electoral polls yesterday, and [Obama and Romney] were tied in the polls. After they were saying they were tied in the polls for like two hours, I went to go vote.”
This writer, at the very least, finds one overarching positive in the heated race between the presidential candidates: More people are voting. And this includes my younger counterparts, thankfully, and minorities, according to my Twitter feed.
With a number of issues to be concerned about during this election cycle, some come to the forefront on a small, liberal arts college campus.
Seniors Brittany Wisniewski and Amanda Goslawski said that women’s healthcare was their top concern. While they recognized that the economy was also important to consider, they believed that the issues there would eventually correct themselves.
One thing that everyone seems to agree on is the fact that the race is close and will be too close to tell for quite some time.
My nerves are staying tuned.
7:31 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
CBS has called Ohio: 58 percent of the vote for Obama.
7:12 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Obama with early three point lead in Florida with just over 8 percent reporting
7:10 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Updates from AP:
Obama takes Illinois, Connecticut, Maine, D.C., Deleware, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts
Romney takes Oklahoma
AP has electoral race Romney 40 Obama 64
7:07 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Knox Voting and Elections class exit poll results from Galesburg:
Obama 72 percent
Romney 24 percent
Illinois District 17 Congressional Race
Bustos (D) 66 percent
Schilling (R) 32 percent
7:02 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
AP declares Romney winner in South Carolina.
6:56 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Largest wave of poll closings coming up here in a few minutes.
6:50 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Votes are starting to come in from Ohio. With less than 1 percent of precincts reporting, 61.4 percent of the vote goes to Romney, according to The New York Times.
6:34 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
West Virginia to Romney according to multiple sources. Again not surprising. Romney up 24-3 in electoral college.
6:32 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Exit polls showing North Carolina at 49-49 in the presidential race, according to CNN.
6:28 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Electoral college update: Romney 19 Obama 3
6:25 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
The first numbers in Virginia are in. With 1 percent of precincts reporting, 55.3 percent of the vote has gone to Romney. See the updated electoral college map here.
6:24 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Indiana to Romney.
6:20 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
CNN has 5 percent of the vote in on Florida with the race dead even. Not the first discrepancy we will see tonight.
6:19 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Polls are closed in Florida, one of the tightest races in this election. With less than 1 percent of precincts reporting, Romney leads with 65.2 percent of the popular vote. We’ll keep watching as more results come in.
6:18 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Indiana senate race very close with 6 percent of vote in: 47 percent for Mourdock (R) and 47 percent Donnelly (D). Mourdock is up by only about 1,000 votes.
6:09 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Charlie Megenity
All eyes on Virginia right now, where polls closed at 6 p.m. This is a key battleground state in the presidential election. Stay tuned.
6:01 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Vermont to Obama, Kentucky to Romney, no surprises there
5:16 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
As results start to trickle in, keep track of where each candidate stands with this interactive map from The New York Times. Right now, 1 percent of precincts are reporting in Indiana, Kentucky and New Hampshire…but things will get more exciting, promise.
3:48 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
New Jersey expands email voting until Friday, unprecedented.
3:44 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Julian Boireau
In 2008, Los Angeles based street artist Shepard Fairley created a poster of Barack Obama that has since blown up into a veritable pop culture icon. This year I’ve been looking for images that would come to represent something more than just this election, but as of now have yet to find any as powerful as this one. The stylized portrait has since been used in multiple capacities, but nevertheless represents a time when the United States took a huge step forward driven by vibrant hope, electing the first African American president and moving away from an administration on which I will not comment right now.
Comment below with any election related images that you believe will live on after the final result is called and what you believe they will come to represent.
Also, check out this essay he wrote for 90 Days, 90 Reasons, a compilation of essays based on the reelection of President Obama.
3:10 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Obama wins Guam with 72.39 percent, according to Ballot Access News. Based off of 2008 results (where Obama also won a large majority), this isn’t surprising. Swing states, though, are another matter. Informal poll: who will win Virginia? Tell us what you think in the comments.
3:05 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
So it would seem, Jackson. Things will be tight regardless. (And these projections are very much in line with mine, so I’m inclined to support them, if only for the sake of winning Andy Civettini’s electoral college map coloring contest.)
2:53 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Mark it down, Ohio will not come down to provisional ballots. CNN obsessed with this thought though.
2:42 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
So basically going along with pretty much every projection if I’m reading that right Anna.
2:33 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Track polls today over at Talking Points Memo. Based on the polls, Obama leads in Ohio (+2.4), Virginia (+1.8), Colorado (+3.1), Pennsylvania (+3.8), Iowa (+2.3), Nevada (+4.7), Wisconsin (+5.3), New Mexico (+8.0), Michigan (+4.8) and New Hampshire (+2.8). Romney is pulling ahead in Florida (+1.2) and North Carolina (+1.2).
2:21 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
If you log on to Facebook today, you’ll see a box at the top of your screen asking if you’ve voted. Facebook will then tabulate how many of its users have cast ballots in this election so far. Current count: about 3 million.
2:12 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
With four Supreme Court judges at 74 or older, Obama or Romney will have huge impact on justice system in coming years.
1:21 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Have you experienced problems with notaries in town? Email me at email@example.com or tweet @anna_strophe. Looking to investigate alleged belligerence towards Knox students.
12:33 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Charlie Megenity
Wondering how voters are getting by in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy? Here’s an inspiring AP photo of voters in dark tents getting by with flashlights.
12:33 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Jackson White
Something in the category of things that might/will get lost in the shuffle of election day: Giuliani sticking his neck out there saying that the current government aid in response to Sandy has been worse than Hurricane Katrina.
12:21 pm, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Need a break from the election chaos? “44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” part of a national festival surrounding Election Day, is showing in Studio Theatre tonight at 6:30 (so you still having plenty of time to watch the results roll in). Read my review of the production here. In a nutshell: there’s quite a lot to learn from the short version of history.
9:26 am, Tuesday, Nov 6Anna Meier
Is it rational to vote when your ballot is just one in 100 million? Some say yes. Here’s why.
It’s a rainy day in Galesburg, but be sure to make your way to the polling place if you haven’t already and make your voice heard.
11:55 pm, Monday, Nov 5Anna Meier
In the final minutes before Election Day, the RCP average stands at 48.8 percent of the popular vote for Obama and 48.1 percent for Romney. Still, the popular vote matters much less than the electoral college breakdown, and if you believe Andy Civettini (as I tend to), the electoral college is tilted heavily in Obama’s favor. Less than 24 hours until we know for sure.
5:23 pm, Monday, Nov 5Charlie Megenity
The staff is gathered to talk about elections coverage. Exciting stuff!
4:58 pm, Monday, Nov 5Anna Meier
The political nerd in me did a dance when I found this neat electoral graphic from The New York Times. Put in your guesses for who will win in each state and then see what needs to happen for Obama or Romney to win overall.
1:20 pm, Monday, Nov 5Charlie Megenity
As pointed out by Tom Courtright and Jake Maryott on our Facebook page, the electoral college outlook for Romney isn’t looking too good, according to a FiveThirtyEight blog post from the New York Times.
12:29 pm, Monday, Nov 5Charlie Megenity
It’s not much that we didn’t know before, but Frank Newport, the head of Gallup polls, told Bloomberg Businessweek earlier today that the presidential election is nearly a tie, with Romney at 49 percent and Obama at 48. We’ll have more details when the poll is released.
10:54 am, Monday, Nov 5Anna Meier
If you’re a Knox student, live on campus (or nearby) and are registered to vote in Galesburg, your polling place is First Baptist Church, 169 S. Cherry St. For more info on how to fill out and cast your ballot, check out the Galesburg Election Commission’s step-by-step walkthrough.
12:37 am, Monday, Nov 5Charlie Megenity
Losing steam on homework? Same here. Check out this cool interactive electoral map from the New York Times.
8:41 pm, Sunday, Nov 4Charlie Megenity
If you’re registered to vote in Galesburg, here’s a link to the sample ballot. Make sure you read up before you get to the voting booth.
8:41 pm, Sunday, Nov 4Anna Meier
The latest polling average from Real Clear Politics has President Barack Obama winning the popular vote by .5 percent. RCP compiles the results of a dozen national polls and averages them, helping voters get a quick snapshot of national opinions without having to wade through pages of Google search results. The margin between Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney has been steadily narrowing as the election approaches; still, most polls still show Obama winning.
For a wonkier perspective, check out Pollyvote, which aggregates academic models to forecast election results. Today’s Pollyvote puts Obama at 51.1 percent of the popular vote, up .2 percentage points from yesterday.
8:15 pm, Sunday, Nov 4Charlie Megenity
TKS VIDEO: Knox students give their opinions on this year’s elections:
7:53 pm, Sunday, Nov 4Charlie Megenity
First post on the liveblog! If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s our Election 2012 special topics page: http://www.theknoxstudent.com/blog/category/special/election-2012/