This years election was neck and neck for some short time, with both Obama and Romney switching the majority of votes, as usual the Democrats focused on minority voters. Women, racial and ethnic minorities and many working class people voted for Obama whereas 88% of whites voted for Romney.
Swing states like Ohio were pushed for from both candidates, which Democrats won. Obama's Administration Labour Initiative won over these voters as 'more than 783,000 Ohio residents, 15.5% of all workers in the state, are members of labor unions, the 6th highest state population of union workers.'
By these results I can see that American politics can work in favour of those who are classed as a minority in their country, even though the election was very close, by trying to keep the progress that Obama achieved in his first term, voters were swayed by the chance to keep progressing.
In Obama's victory speech he stated that, 'I believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you're willing to try.'
'That's why we do this. That's what politics can be. That's why elections matter. It's not small, it's big. It's important. Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy. That won't change after tonight, and it shouldn't. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. We can never forget that as we speak people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today.' Obama's victory speech 2012