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November 8th, 2012
06:23 PM ET

SOTU Outlook

By State of the Union Intern

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories we are looking at this week.

How Obama won. President Obama’s 303 (332 if Florida, where Obama leads, is called for him) to Romney’s 206 electoral vote victory was largely a result of the country’s changing demographics that are increasingly favoring the Democratic Party and were a part of Obama’s coalition four years ago. According to exit polls, Hispanics, who made up 10 percent of the electorate, overwhelmingly supported Obama, at 71 percent, compared to 67 percent in 2008. The president also enjoyed 93 percent African-American support and over 70 percent of Asians. These groups allowed Obama to overcome winning only 39 percent of whites, the lowest for a Democrat since 1988. The president also received the support of 60 percent of 18 to 29-year olds and 55 percent of women. Political watchers will be looking to see if Obama’s coalition becomes a permanent Democratic majority in future elections.


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