This thread will be updated periodically until the final result is announced.
Update #9 (4.06pm) — As of 1 a.m EST, Obama had 50,237,808 popular votes and Romney, 50,113,942 (a small difference of 123,866) but his margin on the electoral college votes is huge 303 to 206 with only Florida pending — see map below.
Put in terms of ratio, the electoral college votes for Obama to Romney is 3:2 whereas their popular votes 50.2 million to 50.1 million is a dead heat. Lesson of the day: It’s the SYSTEM!
Look at the underlying system and don’t be fooled by the rhetoric.
And another thing, Amerika is undeniably a divided country as clearly indicated by the colour blocs. The two blue states breaking the red are Co: Colorado and NM: New Mexico have significant Latino votes at 12.8% and 40.6% respectively.
Update #8 (11.35am) — About the Lim family travelling circus (following up the train of thought in Update #7):
Since LGE thinks that Umno is the evil that is blighting the country, why not DAP directly take on Umno instead of flogging dead horse MCA?
Guan Eng should challenge Umno’s Puad Zarkashi (Perkasa hardliner, also Deputy Education Minister) for the Parliament seat of Batu Pahat.
Leave the Penang CMship to a Penangite and go back to Batu Pahat where he grew up, and confront Umno’s might in the enemy’s fortress state.
Update #7 (11.23am) — Intriguing factoid: Romney’s got political pedigree; his father served as governor of Michigan. Romney was former Governor of Massachusetts. See map: Utah (UT) the Mormon heartland – where George Romney (the father) once lived in Salt Lake City – and Michigan (MI) are a distance from one another.
Another famous political family: Jeb Bush was Governor of Florida 1999-2007. His father George Bush senior founded an oil company in Texas. So perhaps LGE’s hop from Johor (home state) to Malacca to Penang and LKS’s hop between Malacca, Penang and Perak is not so unusual after all?
Update #6 (10.22am) — The map as it looks now. Romney leading but California will give a chunk of votes to the Dems. Visually glaring that the middle is solid red and the coast blue. The divide is obvious. I think we similarly have obvious splits in Malaysia. Rather than acknowledge this, the opposition dok berlagak Great Pretender.
Click on map to go to source for live update.
Update #5 (9.14am) — More results in. Click on [interactive] map below to go to the source: Christian Science Monitor.
American election jargon – “called for” – as in ‘Kentucky and Indiana called for Romney, Vermont for Obama’. Internet media jargon — “rolling story” (before the Internet era, once the paper rolls off the press, that was it. Stories couldn’t be updated every half hour).
Update #4 (8.32am) — They each recorded their first wins, Obama in Vermont and Romney in Kentucky (states in the east). Going by time zone, the results last to be in should be ones in the west coast (California, Washington etc).
The media coverage is unanimous that the campaigning has been “aggressive, deeply negative“. Like ours in Malaysia. Hence my interest in the US polls.
Update #3 (2.28am) — Hashtag RomneyRyan2012
Update #2 (1.39am) — ‘US election 2012: the electoral college explained’
Update #1 (12.58am) –Twit
If you’re caught up in the excitement of the intensely close fight and come across interesting links to share, pls leave a comment.
This url (below) provides live updates on an electoral map which allows you to see the unfolding results at a glance.
However, it’s still early and no results have come in as yet.
Related: Race matters to Obama, Romney voters
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Previous one is ‘Untuk perhatian BN S’gor agar kempen PRU tidak disabotaj‘.
Earlier I posted ‘Kesan-kesan Nurul menghalalkan murtad’. (Yup, it was an unusually happenin’ day yesterday.)
Update: Nurul has threatened to sue Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian and possibly a few other media including blogs, here.
Song: Old MacDonald had a farm
“With a moo moo here, and a moo moo there
Here moo, there moo, everywhere moo moo”
(replace the word “moo” with “sue” and you get the modus operandi of the Pakatan current crop of leaders)