Election Night 2012

I covered Western Washington University’s reaction to the 2012 election results on the night of November 6.

Dozens of Western students packed into Zoe’s Bookside Bagels Tuesday night to watch the results of the 2012 election unfold. The students largely sat huddled around laptops displaying electoral maps, and a television was set up to stream election coverage from ABC and CBS.

The 2012 election was the most expensive presidential race of all time, with $2 billion spent by the Obama and Romney campaigns together. During the night, Western students gathered in Zoe’s burst into applause when CBS projected Obama would win in Washington state and the entire room erupted into cheers and standing ovations several times in a row when CBS projected Obama would be reelected.

Calen Winn, a Western senior and theatre major who described the venue as a “giant liberal love-fest,” said he was surprised and impressed that Obama won the election without Florida. (Ed night: As of press time, Florida has not been decided). Winn also said he enjoyed the atmosphere in Zoe’s Bookside Bagels.

“I’m very excited for another four years of Obama in the White House,” Winn said.

Winn also read aloud from his laptop that Washington’s Referendum 74 was ahead in approval votes by 80,000, a statement that drew cheers from several nearby students.

Western senior Andrea Musa also said she was excited by Obama’s reelection, and said it was cool to see students come together and all cheer for the same thing.

Not everyone in Zoe’s Bookside Bagels had shown up for election coverage. Western Sophmore Riley Sullivan said that while he hoped Obama would win, he spent most of his time focused on a computer game. Sullivan said most of the election coverage leading up to the results would just be politicians talking, but he planned to watch the Daily Show later that night for election coverage.

At its height, the 2012 election was the most tweeted about political event ever with 327,000 tweets per minute. Obama’s “Four more years” tweet was retweeted 414,520 times in just two hours, making it the most retweeted tweet of all time, according to the Daily News.

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This story can also be found on The Western Front’s website.

Here, I proved to myself and my editors that I could be great for covering news stories in a pinch. Little more than 6 hours passed between the time I got the call to cover this story and the moment I submitted it to my editors. Obviously it was a very timely news event to cover, but I was still very pleased with how smoothly this entire reporting process went.

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