So, I am a Canadian, sitting in America, writing about the American election. Like tons of other Americans. I want to do a play by play of the election, but first, some thoughts. I got kicked off a political page on Sunday (that even thinks the way I do politically) for commenting that they don't treat the current president with the respect he deserves. Obama is anti-God, pro-choice, and against pretty much everything I as a Christian am for. I as a Christian cannot in good conscience support his policies. They are against God. It isn't about what I feel or think is right. At the same time, President Obama is an image bearer of God. God created him and loves him. Because God loves him, I cannot hate him or trash him in my speech and thoughts. You may or may not agree with President Obama. You may or may not have voted for him. This isn't a political page. The purpose of this page is to point people to Jesus Christ, not to support one canidate or the other. That is one reason why I don't post political stuff often. Plus, the poles are closed. But here's a couple of thoughts.
No one is perfect: Romney included. Obama wasn't and isn't perfect. No one is going to run this country perfectly. President Bush made mistakes. President George Washington made mistakes. God is still in control.
Romans 3: 10--there is none righteous, no not one.
God is in control of who makes it into office tonight:
Dan_2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
God commands us several times to pray for and respect the leadership he has put over us. For instance:
1 Timothy 2:1-2. "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."
So you know, if this seems very spread out, it was. The first part of this was written at 7:45. From now on, I'm going to put a time on each event. Just what I'm thinking from each announcement. BTW, I'm sitting in the student center watching live coverage of the elections, and some poli sci and other students give their own feedback, which includes a Biblical Worldview. Yes, you can look at this election wiht a biblical worldview. Yes this post is going to be long. And political. And if you don't care, you've already read the important part. But someday, my kids are going to be studying history and past presidents, and they will come to 2012 and the incredibly close race. And I will show them this blog post and talk about how i watched it live. because this is history in the making. And I was there (even if i didn't vote).
8:00--some poles closed. Obama has a ton of electoral votes. A lot. 64 electoral votes. Romney has 40. Florida exit poles: Obama 50%, Romney 49%. Other places have varying numbers (Romney and Obama go back in forth as to who is going win). It's close though. The numbers are all within 45% and 55%.
8:10--95% of voters say Romney would handle the economy better, while only 2% choose President Obama.
8:14--Romney carries the state of Georgia (and the coverage just randomly shut off for a moment).
8:28--Florida--51% Obama, 48% Romney. Virginia--56% Romney, 42% Obama. Ohio (battleground state)--20% of the vote is counted. 57% is Obama, 42% Romney.
8:30--Romney wins Arkansas. Romney has 73 electoral votes, Obama has 64. Missouri--Romney has 68% of the vote vs. 30% for Obama so far (but not many have been counted).
8:55--it's still crazily close. Next set of polls closes in 3 minutes. 156 electoral votes will be finalized in 3 minutes.
9:07--Romney wins Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
Obama wins Michigan and New York.
9:09--Electoral vote: Obama--123, Romeny--154.
9:11--Obama won New Mexico. Florida is split exactly 50/50.
9:12--Romney is 50%, Obama went down to 49% in Florida.
9:16--Romney wins Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Lousiana, South Dakota, Texas and North Dakota
9:23--Obama has 144 Electoral votes, Romney has 154.
9:30--81% of the votes are in in Florida. Romney is ahead by 636 votes. it's 50/50. Talk about close.
9:36--Obama has 158 electoral votes, Romney still has 154.
9:51--Romney wins Wyoming
9:59--more poles are closing. Like a major number of. . .
10:00--Romney wins Utah. New update that Romney actually has 158 electoral votes, and Obama has 143. Obama wins New Hampshire.
10:08--Obama and Romney are tied at 162 electoral votes each.
10:11-The first swing state (New Hampshire)--goes to Obama.
10:19--Romney is ahead in Virginia with 77% of the votes counted, but Obama is ahead in Florida, Colorado, and Iowa.
10:20--it is announced that this election is the most tweeted event in history. (so far) There has been over 20 million tweets, and it ain't over yet.
10:37--Electoral count: Obama 173, Romney 163.
10:46--Romney wins Arizona
10:49--electoral votes: Romney 174, Obama 173. Obama wins Minnesota, but Romney still has a slight (as in very, very small) lead.
10:53 Romney gets Nebraska (which is normally Republican). He is in the lead by both popular vote and electoral votes. Not much of a lead, but enough of a lead to let him win all.
10:56--Romney wins North Carolina and Missouri
10:59. Last polls will be closing. It's 173-189 for Romney. . .
11:02--Obama wins California. Electoral vote is 244-193 for Obama.
Let me take a pause from the updates and say this: I am thankful for the president God gave America for the 2012-2016 term. I dont' know who it is yet, but God is still good. Whoever it is, God sets up as ruler, He is in control. And we can praise Him. We need to be thankful in all circumstances.
11:07--Romney wins Missouri and Idaho. Obama gets Hawaii, New Mexico, and Iowa. Electoral count is 244-203 Obama.
11:12: A different electoral count puts it at 249-191. Some different numbers depending on where you go. No matter what site you look at, Obama is ahead right now according to the electoral college. Romney is still ahed by popular vote. That can still change. We will see what goes on.
11:15--the last polls are about to close (in Alaska) . . . it's so close.
Electoral count: 256-191 Obama.
11:16--Obama just got Ohio. If he wins one more state, he wins it all..
11:18--Obama wins re-election. He is president for 4 more years.
God is good. No matter what you wanter/were expecting/thought. God is still good. He is in control. God bless the president.
We helped make history.