The country re-elected President Barack Obama Tuesday night, according to projections by television networks. After a close race, Ohio’s final count gave Obama the 18 electoral votes to surpass the needed 270.
At press time, the electoral votes tallied 303 to 206.
Exit polls stated that minorities, women and moderate voters backed Obama, including strong support from the Hispanic population, CNN reported.
Shortly after the projection, Obama personally tweeted, “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you.”
The John Brown University community, whose majority proved to be strongly conservative in the mock election results last week, received the news in a variety of ways.
Several found the results disappointing, yet expected.
“Obama’s last four years have not shown any real change or promise,” said senior Braden Paterson. “As a young American, I want to feel confident that we have a leader who is going to keep our country moving forward.”
Others were excited about the selection and looked forward to the next four years.
“I am so glad that the people of the United States have spoken and chosen someone who stands for equality, healthcare, women, the underprivileged, those that the Bible commands us as Christians to be concerned about, and who understands the place of the U.S. from a global perspective,” said senior Matthias Roberts.
Yet, despite or in light of the outcome, many students remain hopeful.
Senior Brian Franz tweeted, “Our country is still strong, we have to remember that. It’s just four more years. Truth and time walk hand in hand.”