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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Exit Polls: Obama Fine-Tuned 2008's Winning Formula -

President Barack Obama secured a second term Tuesday by assembling a set of discrete voting blocs into an electoral majority, nurturing support among Hispanics and African Americans, women and young people, while holding his own among working-class voters in the pivotal state of Ohio.

From the outset, the Obama team knew it couldn't count on the euphoric wave that propelled the president to victory four years earlier. Winning in 2012 would depend, as his top aides put it, on a state-by-state "blocking and tackling" effort to preserve what they could of his 2008 coalition.


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