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Barack Obama Projected Winner in Michigan

Exit polls show voters backing Barack Obama; national media give the state's 16 electoral votes to the president.

The polls have not been closed long, but based on exit polls results several media organizations have declared President Barack Obama the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican and native son Mitt Romney.

NBC, NPR, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all have declared Obama the winner.

Media outlets also have called the overall race for Obama.

In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and in recent elections has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times.

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

The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state, as was the auto bailout.

Voter turnout in Michigan was high throughout most of the day, with long lines in the morning in many cities in the Detroit area.

mark steckloff November 07, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Dems won big compared to the expected status quo after the election. The expected status quo after the election was President Romney (all the polls were skewed, after all), with a Republican Senate (Dems had to defend more than twice as many seats) and a more Republican House after redistricting. Instead, the "liberal" polls were absolutely accurate, even a bit conservative -- Obama was reelected with 330 electoral votes and almost 2 million popular vote margin, the Derms pick up 2, maybe 3 Senate seats, and a few House seats.
Mike November 08, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Hey, C'mon......nobody who backs Obama is going to be that obnoxious person in the office spouting political crap! Only Republican backers who aren't rich enough to be Republicans doe that. The ones who parrot Rush Limbaugh. You should have picked them out.....they listen to you, smile and nod. Because they know you are just a puppet. I say, hang on all you R voters. Life will get better and you'll still be griping. The rest of us will get happier. =) You will be too but you won't know it.
Jen November 08, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Duke- Some of the Perishes did not do what the Bishops asked them to do but a large majority did. I heard it from a few of my catholic friends who go to different churches and I read about it online that it was happening elsewhere. I am glad that at least in a few of the parishes the Bishops did not get their wishes.
Erin November 08, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Sue - the natural gas industry is what's "shutting down" the coal industry. Gas is much cheaper. It's called Capitalism - letting the market forces do their thing -
Brad Jensen November 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM
The point is that Obama has not always been rich and understands the struggles of those who were also not born with silver spoons in their mouths. I would expect that any Presidential candidate has been successful enough in their personal lives that they are now rich. The question is attitude. Romney joking with unemployed workers that he understand their situation because he has also been unemployed is a slap in the face to the struggling families who, often through no fault of their own, are watching their homes and savings vanish. Telling autoworkers who are afraid of losing their jobs and their health care benefits that he loves Cadillacs and his wife loves them so much that she has two of them was also a slap in the face. He has two Cadillacs? Good for him. I don't say that he doesn't deserve them or anyone should take them away from him. Talking about owning two Cadillacs to a crowd of people who are worried about sending their kids to college and paying for their health care is extremely tone deaf and shows a callousness (whether intentional or simply due to cluelessness) that people reacted to when they went to vote.
Brad Jensen November 09, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Hilarious! "Get off the Bush kick it is getting old" and in the same sentence "problems that we face date back to the Clinton era". So a President has no right to blame the previous regime - unless they were Democrats?! Marcus, do you realize how nutty that sounds?
Brad Jensen November 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Actually many in the military DID support him. They were afraid that Romney would start another war with Iran. Get your facts straight. http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2012/10/armed-forces-show-overwhelming-supp.html
Brad Jensen November 09, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Keep up your stereotypes if it makes you feel better. Ignore the fact that the Blue States are also the richest States and that the Blue States are donor States. People with the highest level of education voted for Obama.
The Duke of Royal Oak November 09, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I was paying $4.35 a gallon for petroluem under the Bush/Cheney Presidency.
The Duke of Royal Oak November 09, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Please report any Catholic church that has endorsed Romney to the proper authorities. Not sure if it would be the attorney general or someone else. Does anyone know the answer?
The Duke of Royal Oak November 09, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Well said Mike.....4 more years!!!!
Pat Suits November 10, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I am not stupid and you Obama lovers will be sorry you voted for him.
Brad Jensen November 10, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Well, we re-elected him, so obviously we are NOT sorry.
Baylea November 10, 2012 at 02:23 AM
How convenient for Obama that General Patreaus resigns one week before he is to testify regarding the Benghazi calamity. I hope they make Patreaus testify irregardless. I want my president to tell the truth!
Mark November 10, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Cheryl, A recession was coming, it's cyclical. It shouldn't have hit until after Bush left office, but because of the housing bubble popping, the crap-hit-the-fan in 2007. He wasn't going to fix anything. The plan was set in motion in the mid-90's, thus leaving it in Obama's lap. It WAS Clinton's fault (along with Freddie Mac & Freddie Mae). Clinton even bragged about it in 2009 saying, "...my Administration has put tremendous emphasis on promoting homeowners and making housing more affordable for all Americans. Our housing programs and institutions have been a success. The homeownership rate is at an all-time high, with more than 66 percent of all American families owning their homes..." He didn't make it 'more affordable', he made it more accessible to people that couldn't afford it. And when the recession was coming at us, all those people walked away from the homes. The Dem's believed home ownership should be available to all and basically forced the hands of banks to not turn anyone down. Clinton was proud of this accomplishment. They got it and that it what led us to the mess we are in. I don't blame Obama for not completely fixing it, but we should be in much better shape than where we're at right now. Duke, as for the wars, you don't attack our country with our own planes, kill thousands of innocent citizens and get away with it. We had no option but to go after those scumbags. I'll give you the argument on Saddam, but not Bin Laden.
Trenton Resident with kids November 10, 2012 at 03:16 AM
The people have spoken. Good luck America. The next 4 years are Obama's. He gets to see his hallmark health care law implemented and he can keep pushing his green energy. It's all about getting the economy back on track, right???. You can tax the hell out of the rich and it will not even dent the debt we have so anyone who thinks that is the answer to our ills is smoking crack. Let’s have another chat in 4 years and see where we land.
Frank D. November 10, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I agree, let Obama have it his way...hence, no blame of obstructionism can be used.. Tax the rich, kill coal, kill oil drilling, kill all other energy related initiatives except the green energy, more solar panel factories, more battery factories, mandate more electrical cars from the car industry, etc etc. Let the Democrats fix what they consider to be Bush problems and root causes.. Eight years should be enough..After his second term the answers will be vey clear...Just follow what is going on in Europe for the rest of the story..........
Brad Jensen November 10, 2012 at 03:55 AM
The mortgage crisis was due to the practice of offering credit default swaps with not enough assets to cover a default - but it easier to say "a bunch of poor people bought houses they couldn't afford".
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Mike November 10, 2012 at 08:06 AM
Yeah, I guess there are a lot of people upset Obama was re-elected. Face it..........You have 4 years to regroup and learn to become more like the America you live in. Instead of trying to Jam your opinions up the gullet of all that are like minded. When you do, If you do, I will probably have to consider moving to a country who's populous thinks more like me.
Mike November 10, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Mark, the people who lost their homes lost them because the unregulated bankers on wall street screwed up! Nobody tries to lose their homes! Up until 2009 I had only been out of work for 2 weeks out of 30 years. The financial melt down of 2008 put me out of work for a year! Stop listening to your talk radio and put 2 and 2 together!!
Richard Happening November 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM
The big "0" is doing his job. I am no longer a 1%er. I haven't been, for three years. "O" has shrunk the 1% to the 1/2%.
Marilyn Wilkie November 10, 2012 at 01:11 PM
It's over folks. Stick a fork in it. Now, let's all move to Colorado and get happy. :)
Mark November 10, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Before you start reading this as though I'm a Democratic or Republican, I'll come clean with my voting record now. In every presidential election since 1980, I've picked the elected president, except for this year. I'm neither a Dem or Repub. Reagan didn't ruin the country. Reagan is looked upon as one of the greatest presidents of all time. Clinton is viewed as one of the greatest Dem presidents ever. They both did fantastic. Clinton put us in the housing crisis which pushed our recession very close to depression. You have to look back at the root cause whether its 8, 10, or 12 years. This will always happen. There is a cause. Clinton wanted everyone to have homeownership. That was great, as long as a recession didn't come along because that's when people would stop paying their mortgage. Once they got upside down, they walked away. With the help of the wars, kaplooey went the economy. Nobody saw the housing mess in the late 90's-early 2000's. Nobody. But if Clinton doesn't get the blame for the housing collapse, who does then? Don't think I'm Clinton bashing, because he was a great president. Clinton was coming into his own in '94 but lost the Congress. Not wanting to be a lame duck pres, he reached across the aisle and governed fantastically. Perhaps the best in history. And that is where I find fault with Obama. He doesn't reach across the aisle. To get, you have to give a bit. Though, the Republican congress is as much to blame.
hartland eagle November 10, 2012 at 02:37 PM
So, you're in favor of what? No health care for the poor or sick, dirty energy, and higher taxes on everyone? Is that it? I know you're next comment. Spend less. Well, we spend all the money we take in on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and interest on the debt. Which of those would you like to cut first?
hartland eagle November 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
That pretty much nails it.
The Duke of Royal Oak November 10, 2012 at 07:30 PM
If jobs were to be created under the Bush tax cut for the wealthest Americans were are all those jobs, it has been over 5 years.
Mark November 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Brad. You're right. I agree with you - not enough assets to cover a default. And default they did. Too many people did get houses that were high risk. They shouldn't have. 3 co-worker's of mine were a few of them. 5% down and they were moving in. Each one of them walked away from their homes because they were upside down. Mike, I never said anyone tried to lose their homes. The financial meltdown wouldn't have been what it was without the housing crisis and though I was all for it back in the late 90's, in hindsight it was a very bad idea. And that falls on Clinton. Bush's two wars didn't help. And yes, the bankers screwed up too. Sorry to hear you lost your job. I had 5 co-workers (of 13 of us) laid off - 38% of our workforce and then I was on 40 hours for 3 years. Drained my 401k to save my house. I'm not Dem or Republican and if you read in another reply of mine below you'll see that. Clinton was one of my favorite presidents because he worked with the Republicans. I'm fine with Obama being pres. Never said I wasn't, but, he and the Republican Congress have to both do a little give and take.
Brad Jensen November 11, 2012 at 02:20 AM
You misunderstood. I said that the bankers did not have enough money to cover their default swaps. Banks were giving bad loans (which they new were bad) because they could bundle them and sell them to someone else. People would buy these toxic assets because they could insure them against defaults (default swaps). The rating agencies lied and gave these "shitty deals" high ratings. Everyone got rich. Everything hit the fan when the home owners started to default an it turned out that those who were providing the default swaps (the banks) had no money or insufficient money to cover the assets that they were insuring. So, is the home owner at fault? Possibly. They listened to the guy in the suit and the slick office telling them that they can afford this house and the way that the market was going, they can flip the house for even more money if the got into financial problems. I know because they tried that with me. They told me I should buy a house twice the price that I had in mind. (I didn't) So the banks were like the crack dealers and the home owners were like the curious teenagers. Who do you blame? The guy who made a bad decision, lost his house and his life savings - or the guy who got rich advising the other guy to make that bad decision? Or maybe the guy who got rich telling the banker to tell the home owner to make the bad decision because knows he can bundle the crap and sell it to some unsuspecting investor?
Brad Jensen November 11, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Umm, your math is a bit off. 1% is always 1%.

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