US Presidential Election 2012

Briefs: US Election, November 8, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 November, 2012, 4:15am

Twitter users get busy with 20 million posts

WASHINGTON - Election day became the most tweeted about event in US political history with internet users firing off 20 million poll-related tweets. Americans flocked to Twitter and other platforms all day, posting photographic proof they had cast their ballots, cheering their favourite candidates and analysing the latest polls. The number far surpassed the 10.3 million tweets sent during the first presidential debate last month - an event the social network had at the time billed a record in US political history. AFP


Approval for same-sex marriages on track

NEW YORK - Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage, while similar measures in Maine and Washington state also appeared on track to pass, marking the first time marriage rights have been extended to same-sex couples by popular vote. The approval was a watershed moment because while same-sex unions have been legalised in six states and the District of Columbia by lawmakers or courts, voters had consistently rejected the issue. Voters in more than 30 states have approved constitutional bans on gay marriage. In Maryland, the gay-marriage measure passed 52 per cent to 48 per cent, with 93 per cent of precincts reporting. In Maine, it was leading by 54 per cent to 46 per cent, with more than 62 per cent of precincts reporting. And in Washington, it was 52 to 48, with 61 per cent of precincts reporting. Reuters


Showdown looms after marijuana vote

DENVER - Colorado became the first state to legalise the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use, setting up a possible showdown with the federal government as backers of a similar measure in Washington state declared victory. A third measure to remove criminal penalties for personal possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis was defeated in Oregon. Supporters of a Colorado constitutional amendment legalising marijuana declared victory after returns showed the measure won 53 per cent of the vote. The federal government classifies cannabis as an illegal narcotic. Reuters


Belgian newspapers hedge their bets

BRUSSELS - Faced with US election results coming after deadlines, Belgian newspapers found novel ways round the problem. Het Laastste Nieuws produced with two front pages, asking readers to "pick your cover". One was headlined "It's Obama" while another, folded inside, read "It's Romney". By the time newspaper stands opened, readers could remove the wrong one. De Morgen cut its front page in half, with one side saying "Mitt Romney President" and the other "Barack Obama President". AFP