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									                           ELECTION 2012: 8-PAGE SPECIAL SECTION


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President’s dominance in swing states gives him decisive win
over Romney and the chance to create legacy in second term

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President Barack Obama and his family celebrate his election victory before supporters in Chicago. Obama overcame a struggling economy on his way to victory.

PROPOSITION 30                                                                                                                                    THE PRESIDENCY

Brown’s plan                                                                                                                                      Democrats hail
to rescue schools                                                                                                                                 election victory
on winning path;                                                                                                                                  and the promise
Prop. 38 defeated                                                                                                                                 of four more years
                                                                                                                                                      By Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg
         By Mike Rosenberg                                                                                                                                      New York Times                                                                                                                      Barack Obama was re-elected
    Overcoming decades of anti-tax                                                                                                                president of the United States on
sentiment in California, Gov. Jerry                                                                                                               Tuesday, overcoming powerful eco-
Brown’s Proposition 30 — billed                                                                                                                   nomic headwinds, a lock-step resis-
as a tax hike to rescue the state’s                                                                                                               tance to his agenda by Republicans
schools — was headed for a narrow                                                                                                                 in Congress and an unprecedented
victory Tuesday.                                                                                                                                  torrent of advertising as a divided
    “I know a lot of people had some                                                                                                              nation voted to give him more time.
doubts and some questions: Can you                                                  DON EMMERT/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE VIA GETTY IMAGES
                                                                                                                                                     In defeating Mitt Romney, the
really go to the people and ask them                                                                                                              president carried Colorado, Iowa,
to vote for a tax?” Brown told sup-       Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney arrives onstage in Boston to give                           Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia
porters as the measure inched into        his concession speech. The challenger was gracious and thanked the president.                           and Wisconsin, a near sweep of the
the “yes” column just after 11 p.m.                                                                                                               battleground states, and was hold-
“Here we are. … We have a vote of                                                                                                                 ing a narrow advantage in Florida.
the people, I think the only state in
the country that says let’s raise our
                                              Online » Visit for the                                                          The path to victory for Romney
                                                                                                                                                  narrowed as the night wore along,
taxes, for our kids for our schools,          latest election results, video and photo galleries                                                  with Obama winning at least 303
and for our California dream.”                                                                                                                    electoral votes.
    While Proposition 30 was on                                                                                                                      A cheer of jubilation sounded at
pace to pass by a slight margin,                                                                                                                  the Obama campaign headquarters
two other tax measures were more            PROPOSITION 34               PROPOSITION 36                   PROPOSITION 37                          in Chicago when the television net-
lopsided: Proposition 38, a compet-                                                                                                               works began projecting him as the
ing tax-for-schools measure, was             TRAILING                     LEADING                             LOSING                              winner at 8:20 p.m. Pacific time,
soundly defeated, while Proposition       Bid to end death penalty    Three Strikes Law reform          Voters rejecting labeling                 even as the ballots were still being
39, which forces big businesses to          down in early count        measure holding lead                of modified foods                      counted in many states where vot-
pay more taxes, won comfortably.                 PAGE 4EL                     PAGE 4EL                           PAGE 4EL
                                                                                                                                                  ers had waited in line well into the
    With about half of precincts par-                                                                                                             night. The victory was narrower
tially reporting, results showed the           MEASURE A                   MEASURE D                         MEASURE A                            than in his historic election four
Bay Area, Los Angeles and coastal                                                                                                                 years ago, but it was no less dra-
areas supporting the measure while                                                                                                                matic.
inland and rural areas were reject-          WINNING                      WINNING                             AHEAD                                  “Tonight in this election, you,
ing it.                                     Santa Clara County          San Jose backing bid              San Mateo County                        the American people, reminded us
                                          sales tax running ahead      to raise minimum wage            sales tax has early edge
          See TAX, Page 4                        PAGE 5EL                     PAGE 5EL                           PAGE 5EL                                See PRESIDENT, Page 8

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