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Obama’s Re-Election

by David De La Torre

In The remaking of the president, The Economist examines how President Obama won re-election.

Just as in 2008, Mr Obama’s edge came chiefly from young women, minorities, the educated and the young. Exit polls suggest female voters broke his way by a margin of 11 points—more than enough to offset Mr Romney’s advantage of seven points among men, especially as women made up 53% of the electorate. Voters below the age of 30 preferred Mr Obama by 23 points, and defied all expectations by turning out in greater numbers than they had in 2008, apparently not disappointed in him, as the Republicans had hoped they would be. Mr Obama also enjoyed a lead of 13% among those with postgraduate degrees.

But it was minorities who boosted Mr Obama the most. [more]