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Ear to the Ground

Florida’s Slow Election Results, Williams’ Feud With Trump, and More

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Posted on Nov 7, 2012

Florida Fail: The election is officially over, but try telling that to the Sunshine State. With President Obama up by 50,000 votes—but 200,000 more to be counted—Florida is still trying to decide which candidate won there. It doesn’t really matter now since Obama won without its electoral votes. (Read more)

“Team Rape” Defeated: The big losers of the election? The group of Republicans who made idiotic comments regarding pregnancy, rape and abortion during their congressional campaigns (dubbed “Team Rape” by Jezebel). Among those we (thankfully) won’t be seeing in Congress anytime soon: Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Joe Walsh, Linda McMahon and Tom Smith. Additionally, while Paul Ryan won his own re-election, at least he won’t be the next vice president. Ladies, rejoice. (Read more)

Gender Clap: Women have another reason to celebrate: Female candidates were big winners on election night. The 113th Congress will have a record number of U.S. senators (20) who are women, while the House of Representatives will have the most female members at any one time (77). (Read more)

Making History: Tuesday’s election marked the first time voters approved statewide ballot measures legalizing gay marriage. Maine and Maryland residents approved same-sex marriage, while those in Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Meantime, gay marriage proponents expect a ballot initiative allowing gay couples to wed will also pass in Washington. The measure is currently winning, but full results won’t be available for a few days because of the state’s mail-in voting system. (Read more)

Taking Trump to Task: NBC News anchor Brian Williams, fresh off a feud with Rush Limbaugh, ripped into Donald Trump after he unleashed a vitriolic tirade against President Obama on Twitter. Williams said that Trump had “driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible.” Trump subsequently deleted some tweets before firing back at Williams on—what else—Twitter. (Read more)

Video of the Day: Thanks to “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, we now have an idea of what “legitimate rape” really is (at least, “electorally speaking”). Hint: It has something to do with what Claire McCaskill did to Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race Tuesday night.

Bonus Video of the Day: Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” duo of Barack Obama and his “Anger Translator” Luther celebrate the president’s re-election. Check out the latest installment of this recurring skit below.

 

 

—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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