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Election 2012: Decision Time

11:16 p.m. — They’ve called it. Another four years of Obama.




10:22 p.m. — Tim Kaine (D) projected to win the Virginia Senate race. — Kaz Komolafe

10:04 p.m. — With 60 percent of precincts in, Allen leads Kaine 51 percent to 49 percent. — Peter Nance



9:40 p.m. – Obama wins Charlottesville, 75.6 percent to 22.3 percent, though Romney still leads in Virginia 51.18 percent to 47.18 percent. -Jess Hrebinka


9:26 p.m. – After a majority of the Southern states were determined, Romney continues to lead in electoral votes 154-124, though most of the Western states have not been called. – Jess Hrebinka




9:10 p.m. — With 44 percent of precincts in Virginia reporting, Allen leads 52 percent to 49 percent. — Peter Nance

9:09 p.m. — Romney takes the lead 139-110 with South Dakota and Texas. Democrats take the lead in the Senate 39-38-1, though the Republicans still have the House 76-38. – Jess Hrebinka

8:54 p.m. — With 39 percent of precincts reporting, George Allen ® has the edge in Virginia 52 percent to 48 percent. — Peter Nance


8:42 p.m. — With 29 percent of precincts reporting, George Allen ® still holding steady at 53 percent to 47 percent — Peter Nance

8:33 p.m. – Obama takes Maine and Maryland, winning the electoral vote 65-51 over Romney. The Republicans are dominating the House 16-45. – Jess Hrebinka



8:24 p.m. — “100 years ago, people were in the streets campaigning just for their right to vote…it’s our duty out of respect for them [to vote],” Second-year Mary Harrington said.


8:22 p.m. – University alumnus Angus King (I-ME) wins the Maine Senate race. Political pundits expect King to caucus with the Democrats, since the Republican party has spent millions of dollars to undermine his campaign. But the former Law School student has not officially declared an allegiance to either party. – Jess Hrebinka

8:18 p.m. — With 14 percent of precincts reporting, George Allen ® leads the senate race 53 percent to 47 percent. — Peter Nance

8:17 p.m. – Obama takes the lead 51-40 with Massachusetts and Rhode Island. – Jess Hrebinka

8:10 p.m. — George Allen ® currently leads Tim Kaine (D) in the Senate race 52% to 48%. — Peter Nance

8:08 p.m. – Romney is leading the electoral vote 36-40. Republicans lead the Senate 32-38 and the House 11-20. – Jesse Hrebinka


7:22 p.m. — Exit polls show 52 percent of voters think the country is heading in the wrong direction, according to ABC. — Kaz Komolafe

7:12 p.m. — The first two states are in: Vermont for Obama, Kentucky for Romney. Mitt Romney leads the electoral vote 8-3 – Peter Nance

6:55 p.m. — Fifty-five percent of Albemarle residents have cast a vote this presidential election as of 4 p.m. — 4 percent less than the 2008 election – Kaz Komolafe



4.12 p.m. — Less than three hours left to vote. Polls close at 7 p.m. — Kaz Komolafe


1:45 p.m. — This year’s voter turnout in Albemarle County decreased by about six percent from the 2008 presidential election, according to the county’s numbers. At 1 p.m. 32,440 people had voted in Albemarle County, a turnout of 43.47%. — Kaz Komolafe




Follow Hoos4News for live updates from today’s elections, as well as coverage of watch parties taking place in Charlottesville.


Warner, Kaine rally Charlottesville supporters

Senator Mark Warner and democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine spoke at a rally Thursday afternoon at the Obama headquarters on the downtown mall.

With five days left before election day, the politicians stressed the urgency of last-minute campaigns and encouraged supporters to remain strong in their efforts to sway undecided voters with one-on-one phone calls and door to door solicitations. Recent polls in Virginia have shown the presidential race virtually tied, although a Washington Post poll from Sunday showed Kaine with a seven point lead over former Republican Gov. George Allen, with a margin of error of 2.5 points.

“Four years ago we changed the guard here…now we have to guard the change,” Warner said Thursday. If Obama wins the state of Virginia, he is statistically all but certain to win re-election.

Warner said volunteers could help by driving voters to the polls either for early voting or on Nov. 6, both to help those already planning to vote and to improve the turnout of swing voters who may not otherwise bother to vote.

“We’re all tired of the ads, we’re all tired of the back and forth,” Warner said. “What’s going to make the difference is not one last robo call from a politician – it’s you talking to your friends and neighbors about what’s at stake here.”

The room was packed with an audience of all ages, who lined up to shake hands and ask questions after Warner’s speech.

Supporters will canvass Charlottesville again on Saturday, Farmville on Sunday and Fauquier County on Monday.


Hurricane Sandy blows into Charlottesville

Meteorologists predict Charlottesville will experience 30-35 mph winds with 60-70 mph wind gusts.
-Kaz Komolafe, 12:18 p.m.


Romney, Obama neck-in-neck new poll shows

A new poll from the University and George Mason University shows Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are effectively tied in Virginia in the final weeks of the Presidential contest.

Former Governor Tim Kaine and former Senator George Allen are also tied in the Virginia Senate race, with Kaine up 43 percent to Allen’s 40 percent and 13 percent of voters undecided. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus four percent.

The poll, which used the combined facilities of the University’s Center for Survey Research, George Mason’s Center for Social Science Research, had Romney with 46 percent of the vote and Obama with 45 percent. The survey of 641 registered voters in Virginia was conducted between October 8 and October 19, so it could not measure the effects of the final presidential debate Monday night.
A Rasmussen Reports poll from five days ago showed a similarly small lead for Romney in Virginia, though it’s 50 to 47 percent tally showed a smaller number of undecided voters.

Thomas M. Guterbock, director of the University’s Center for Survey Research, in a press release said the candidates’ support was still “soft” and could swing in the last few days of the campaign.
“Slightly less than three-quarters of the voters backing each candidate say their support is very strong, with a large majority of undecided voters unwilling to report leaning toward a particular candidate,” Guterbock said.

According to the press release, the survey showed sharp divides between Obama and Romney supports on the issues of immigration, military spending, increasing taxes on the wealthy and using economic stimulus to boost job creation.

Nearly 90 percent of Obama supports said the rich do not pay “their fair share in taxes,” while the same was true for under 30 percent of Romney supporters. Similarly, three-quarters of Obama supporters said they wanted military spending decreased, while under a quarter of Romney supporters wanted decreased military spending.

54 percent of Romney supporters agreed the government should use stimulus to increase jobs, while 92 percent of Obama voters agreed with the same idea.


USDA Deputy Secretary promotes local agriculture

Kathleen Merrigan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s deputy secretary, spoke Thursday in Garrett Hall about why community members should buy more foods locally and support area farmers.

The presentation was an offshoot of the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative the USDA is pursuing to promote these goals nationwide. The program, launched in 2009, aims to stimulate each community’s economic growth in addition to cultivating healthy eating habits and provides grants to startup farmers and existing farmers.

“This is a program to connect consumers to farmers, and for them to get a better sense of where their food is coming from, and how it is produced,” said Galen Fountain, a Senate Appropriations Committee staffer.

Merrigan’s visit to Grounds was part of two-day tour of Virginia.

“If everyone spent just 10 dollars on local and regional food it would create two billion dollars [in revenue] for the state government,” she said.


Yale professor visits University, discusses political mass killings

Timothy Snyder, a Yale University history professor and author, gave a lecture Thursday in Ruffner Hall about his book “Bloodlands.” The novel focuses on the Holocaust and other political mass killings in Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Eastern Russia.

Rather than taking a chronological approach to killings, Snyder examines the events of individual regions, placing them in the larger context of international politics. “Bloodlands” also looks at the domestic-level policies of both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that led to mass murder.

“One of the things the book does eloquently is put these things in conversation,” said Piotr Kosicki, associate director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Snyder stressed that his book is not solely about narratives of national history, but also follows the stories of individuals affected by the regimes’ policies.

“We need to try to turn these numbers into individual people,” Snyder said.

But true understanding of these mass killings requires a broader historical perspective, Snyder said.

“It is impossible not to be making these comparisons. . . I think that we can only retain the Holocaust if we make it a part of history, if we compare it to other things,” Snyder said.

Snyder’s lecture was part of an ongoing lecture series being hosted by the Jewish Studies Program; Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; and Page-Barbour Initiative on International Criminal Justice.

This post originally incorrectly stated the affiliation of Piotr Kosicki. He is no longer a lecturer at American University; he, instead, is the Associate Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University and a lecturer in the History Department. The Cavalier Daily regrets the error.


Phi Beta Sigma launches anti-hazing program

Phi Beta Sigma, a fraternity belonging to the National Pan-Hellenic Council, announced Thursday the launch of a new sensitivity training program for high school and college students interested in Greek life.

After spotting hazing at the root of so many organizations for a number of centuries Phi Beta Sigma had a “Fannie Lou Hamer moment – we’re ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired,’” said Jonathon Mason, international first vice president of the organization.

The fraternity kicked off its national Anti-Hazing Campaign last May, and it will now partner with Converge & Associates Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in race and ethnic relations, to offer a program designed to defeat the “culture of hazing,” said International President Jimmy Hammock.

Peter Finn Jr., president of Phi Beta Sigma’s Zeta Eta chapter at the University, will be attending the fraternity’s state conference in Richmond this Saturday to learn more about the training, as well as how best to implement the program back on Grounds.

“We need to stop calling it hazing because it is not hazing,” Mason said. “It is assault and battery.”



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