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Barack Obama Wins Connecticut

Voters in Connecticut on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's seven Electoral votes.

Barack Obama won Connecticut’s seven 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.

Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Connecticut. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. 

Here are some quick links to other races affecting towns in Connecticut and in southwestern Connecticut in particular (go to your local Patch for your own races):

  • U.S. Senate Race: McMahon vs. Murphy [UPDATE]
  • Fifth Congressional District: Esty or Roraback? [Updated]
  • 4th Congressional: Himes vs. Obsitnik [UPDATED]
Henry Glawson November 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I'm sick of the "first black president" rationale, mentioned in passing in Griffin's comment above. It's great, and it shows that our country has come a long way. But since when should race have anything to do with electing someone president? It should, in an ideal world, have no no weight whatsoever. It should be nothing but a small footnote. Unfortunately, I realize that the reality of the situation is different. And that, in and of itself, is racist. Voting for Obama because he is black is the same as voting against Romney because he is white.
Clare November 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Wow, this is so much fun reading all the whining going on by republicans. YOU LOST! Get over it. This "wondering in the wilderness" routine put forth by you cry babies is better than a sitcom. Our country survived 16 years of lousy fiscal responsibility by St. Ronnie and Dubya. We're resilient.
SmallMinds November 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Nevada is number one. Why is it not on your list?
SmallMinds November 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Actually giving a leg up to a historically/traditionally oppressed minority is not the same as giving a leg up to the traditional oppressor. It's bass-ackwards. Too bad we don't live in an ideal world which never had slavery, Jim Crowe, segregation, all-white country clubs and schools and businesses. Too bad it has not, for two hundred plus years been a tremendous handicap to one's success to be a person of color (or a non-Protestant) in America.
Tom Falconieri November 11, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Tom Falconieri 10:35 am on Sunday, November 11, 2012 Well Clare the commies were elected and hard at work being COMMUNISTS and circumventing the rules as usual. You just might get what you wanted a COMMUNIST COUNTRY AFTER ALL FOR ALL YOU DUMB LIBERALS!!! You liberals are INSANE!!! http://news.yahoo.com/dems-gop-fight-brewing-over-curbing-filibusters-123939041.html
Watts November 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
The country has spoken and it rejected the conservative agenda. So to people like Tom Falconieri, please move on with your life and drop your hatred over this reality.
Never November 11, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Henry Glawson said, "yours is a gross and inaccurate oversimplification of an incredibly complex tax code." Or I could turn that around. Our tax code is an inaccurate over complication of something which should be much simpler. People shouldn't even be filling out taxes on April 15th. People shouldn't have to hire an accountant. Companies already have accountants. Companies should do all the taxes. Oh they do. Then people change the numbers on April 15th. The system is dumb. Taxes should be simple. There should be no deductions and one sliding tax table on a postcard. The end. And there shouldn't be sales tax and property tax and tolls and motor vehicle tax and capital gains tax and.... There should be one tax based on income. Old ladies shouldn't pay based on the worth of their property. That's dumb. One tax based solely on income. The end. Do you know why all the tax complications exist? It's a way for unscrupulous people to beat the system and make it unfair. The h#ll with that. Taxes should be as simple as making oil $20 per bbl. The end. People make things too complicated. Then they get stuck in the mud of their own creation and complain nothing gets done. You know what leaders do? They climb right over the obstacles rather than constantly complain this and that aren't possible.
Thomas Crafts November 11, 2012 at 07:48 PM
we'll never drop our hatred of socialism and the kind of people who embrace it. You're doomed and your children are going to live to a much lower standard than you do.
Jane Gallagher November 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
@Thomas Crafts - Bravo!! This is a REPUBLIC if we can keep it - (Thank you Ben Franklin) that is what our forefathers gave us - a democracy - not socialist, and not commuinst doctrines - If you want a socialist society Watts - go test drive one.. you have plenty to chose from - but we will never let our great nation succumb to that level - I will rally my fellow REPUBLICans and we will maintain our constitution and our rights as the forefathers mapped out for us.
Watts November 11, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Epistle of Jude, 1:10: "Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals—these are the very things that destroy them." http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/09/opinion/carville-buckwalter-poza-election/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 “I sometimes wonder if the Republican Party has become the receding roar of white America as it pines for a way of life that will never return.” -- (conservative journalist) David Brooks
Jane Gallagher November 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
@Watts - You are hung up on color apparently Watts - so let me clarify the color issue for you - its not because President Obama is not white (FYI - he is neither Caucasion or African American....) and you need to open your eyes because there are many many African American Republicans! The reason we do not vote for him is because he is RED.
Never November 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I think many people are in denial about racism. Look at all these towns in SW Connecticut. Do any of them have an all black country club? Come on, be honest. When you go to some school function, be it a play or a sporting event, do you notice when one of the participants is a black kid? I think every white person is racist to a degree. Sad not only that the racism exists, but that people on these forum pages try to deny it.
Watts November 11, 2012 at 08:53 PM
How am I hung up on color? This was a very astute observation by Brooks from January and all of the numbers from the election results would appear to have proved him correct. And in case you were not aware, Brooks is white. And you are incorrect about Obama's ethnic identification (which is different from his genetic make-up, which is what you are breaking down). Obama has always self identified as black. There were no mixed race options until very recently, which meant that our society forced people of mixed race to choose how they self identified and, in turn, is unlikely to ever change now. But the biggest problem is that people do look at this as black and white, as if everybody of each race will vote for the candidate that matches their race. What is being missed is the issues of the rhetorical strategies of the Republican party to vilify people based on such things as race. Since Obama entered the race in 2004, has their been a moment that you can remember when words like "Kenyan" or other African references hasn't rolled off the tongues of (mainly) white conservative pundits or program hosts, without them looking like they were sucking on a lemon? Not unlike the common use of the term "gay," by so many people to identify something as "lame," the use of nationality or region to similarly represent something to be feared or to vilify somebody with, is not lost on the greater audience.
Jane Gallagher November 11, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Ditto on those of color being racist.... it goes both ways @Never.
Jane Gallagher November 11, 2012 at 09:01 PM
@Watts - If Obama called himself black - then he is because he wants the black vote - no? As he is not black - he is a mix... indonesian? Black? and White.... so he should have come forth and not called himself black..... his Mother is not black... he discredits all of his heritage by calling himself only "black" again - he in my mind is red (as in socialist) not any other color..... Great chatting with you : )
Watts November 11, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Barack Obama's popularity in the black demographic is not based on the simple racial affinity that Republicans seem satisfied in using as a rationale for writing off the demographic. Yes, there are some black Republicans, but very few, just like most minority groups within the party. This all preceded Obama running for office. The issue is that the party and the vast majority of the vocal part of the base, show intolerance toward minority groups. Through dog whistle rhetoric and by straight out racial or religious objectification. Think about Romney's journey over the past year. When did we hear most about his religion? It was during the Republican primaries. Republicans used it within their own primaries to frame Romney as "the other." Once it came to the Romney/Obama race, you rarely ever heard any mention of Romney's religion (and only a small fraction of what Obama's religion was continuously and falsely challenged). It is time for the Republican party to recognize that in a country as diverse as the US, that these tactics will no longer be tolerated and that they are pushing away all people who self identify to any minority group. Because people recognize that if it was a Latino, a female, an Asian, another Mormon or anyone who is part of any demographic outside of white christian male; that they would be objectified and vilified based on that demographic feature. Obama has a lot of supporters, but the "swing" in these groups was against the Republican mindset.
Watts November 11, 2012 at 09:28 PM
@Jane "If Obama called himself black - then he is because he wants the black vote - no?" You sound like the person who says; life is so much easier for gays. With a demographic representation in the US of just 12+%, to what benefit would it be for Obama to be self identifying as Black? Also, you are again presuming that he had a choice for most of his life. I think that the last census, just two years ago and years after Obama was already elected president, was the first time that there was the option for more than one race. Obama spent his life having to self identify as either Black or White and like many people in that position, chose the option that was dominant in his physical features. Also, you are almost getting into the crazy birther zone if your point is that as a kid, he should have contested the whole social infrastructure that required that he choose between races on every document that required it. While it does not mention his race on his birth certificate, the lay out of birth certificates at the time identified the mother's personal information (including race) as secondary to the father's information. I am not going to claim to know the answer, but it would not surprise me if in cases like this, that children of mixed parents were also more commonly identified based on the race of the father. We are talking 50+ years ago.
Henry Glawson November 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I actually don't disagree with you at all on this. The tax code should certainly be simplified and streamlined. But that's not really what we were talking about.
Henry Glawson November 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Voting for or against someone based on that person's race is, by definition, racist. It doesn't matter a whiff how you rationalize it. If it makes you feel better, fine. But your rationalization and mitigation don't change a thing.
Tom Falconieri November 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Watts 1:53 pm on Sunday, November 11, 2012 The country has spoken and it rejected the conservative agenda. So to people like Tom Falconieri, please move on with your life and drop your hatred over this reality. Not hatred as i fought for this country and can see a COMMIE a mile away. You will be crying in your BEER a few months from now when all these INSANE LIBERALS bestow things on you that will bankrupt this country. You know i never believed this country would elect LIBERAL candidates that clearly HATE AMERICA. But this President clearly hates this country. Their is no bones about it. And just for the record look at this state with this MORON GOVERNOR that got us in to another 400 Million dollars further in debt. So i guess the bills will just disappear. Just a question WATTS is this how you run your household finances. If so then you are on the GOVERNMENT PAYROLL and want us people to pay for your life style. So you Dumb A$$ liberals hate Linda and Romney for being successful business people. LIKE THAT SHOULD BE A CRIME. As i posted you LIBERALS ARE INSANE plain and simple. Cant wait till the O MAN hits your wallet BUSTER!!!
Henry Glawson November 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Never- the all-black country club is right there next to the all-white country club...oh wait...I'm sorry. The all-white country club doesn't exist....for the same reason the all-black country club doesn't exist. Because any country club that would exclude an individual based on race would be (once again, by definition) racist. I dint think that you know what you've said here. I'm sure you would agree that categorizing an entire group of people simply based on their race would be racist, which is what the spirit of your post is all about. Yet, you just grouped the entire Caucasian race into a single, stereotyped category based solely on nothing but their race. ("I think that every white person is racist to a degree...). You've just shown that you yourself are a racist. Ironic, isn't it? What if I said "I think that every black person is...(fill in the blank)"? Racist. But I'm not, because I don't group, categorize, and stereotype people based solely on race, which is what differentiates me from you.
Robert Lee November 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Not all CT folks voted for that fraud in chief....
Watts November 12, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Warning! Warning, Will Robinson! We have one of those "all caps" guys in our presence. I usually refrain from busting the chops of a veteran. Such service is to be admired and acknowledged. But by the sounds of your post, you have probably had decades of acknowledgments for that already. So I am ready to move beyond it if you are ready to have a political discussion without feeling that you need to wave your service record around as some sort of qualification for your positions. Because let's be honest, as nobel as your actions were when you were younger, they in no way better qualify you for political analysis in 2012, than if you were a lifeguard at the time. So can you actually formulate a political postion that doesn't sound like some weird hybrid of McCarthyism and Glenn Beck? I am talking something that you can substantiate with actual facts in reality and not random ramblings that sound like regurgitations of FoxNews on a hot and humid afternoon with the air conditioning broken.
Never November 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Henry said, "The all-white country club doesn't exist...." Denial. As for the rest of your comments, I see, I'm racist for pointing out the fact that racism exists. Okay, thanks for explaining that to me.
Kelley Anne November 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Hey Tom, how long were you committed for after the election? Surprised that they let you out of the rubber room so soon. Did your girl friend Luca bail you out? Hope the new meds kick in soon!
Henry Glawson November 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Ok, Never. Since I'm in "denial", why don't you do this forum a favor and post the name of any "all-white" country club in Connecticut. You don't need to post them all, just the name of one, single, solitary country club that restricts membership to the caucasian race and currently operates in Connecticut. That will settle the argument once and for all. Then you can prove that I'm in "denial." Be careful though, you better get your facts straight first- I'm sure they won't like being exposed as racist. But you seem sure enough to put it in writing, so lets hear it. If you would spend some time outside of your self-created house of mirrors, you would likely realize that I wasn't calling you a racist for "pointing out that racism exists." Quite the contrary. Rather, if you had read what I had written (which you clearly did not) you would have known that I was calling you a racist for recklessly slapping a label on an entire race of people simply because of their race. Have you met every white person in the world? Of course not. So how can you honestly say that ..."every white person is racist to a degree..." What if I said "every black person is (fill in stereotype here)". That would be racist. Racism works both ways. I'm not sure how you can possibly assert that your labeling of an entire group of people based on the sole defining charscteristic of race is anything but the very definition of racism. Wake up.
Henry Glawson November 13, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Now, again- how about posting the name of a single, solitary country club currently operating in the state of Connecticut that restricts membership to the Caucasian race. Heck, I'll even open up the playing field a bit more. I'll accept any country club in Connecticut at restricts membership based on race at all. I'm waiting.
Henry Glawson November 14, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Never- cat got your tongue? Or are you crying because you just realized that you're a racist?
SILENT WOLF November 15, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Barack Insane Obama, won the election . It isn't a surprise to me with all the entitle voters out there. Warning to those , remember you live in a free nation , but unfortunately that all may come to a end . Weak leaders bring nations down to their knees . We will no longer be the leader of the world as other nations admire us for ..I just can't believe people would vote just to be politically correct,and to be on the Obama band wagon .No I'm not prejudice it's just the truth ok. This country has become so diluted it makes me sick, and the cancer is spreading..If you want a communist country go to China and Russia, better yet Iran would love you.
SILENT WOLF November 15, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Including yourself right?of course just as I suspected

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