Obama wins re-election, school referendum passes and other election results

November 7, 2012

Online Staff Report

President Barack Obama has won a second term in the White House after defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

Obama claimed 50 percent (59,713,995 votes) of the popular vote compared to 48 percent (57,087,586) for Romney, and won the Electoral College 303-206, with 29 electoral votes still to be decided in Florida.

In his concession speech in Boston, Romney said: “I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters. This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”

Obama told supporters in Chicago early Wednesday, Nov. 7: “Tonight in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back. We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”

Democrats retained control of the United States Senate, picking up two seats to extend their majority to 53-45. Republicans, meantime, kept their majority in the United States House of Representatives, 233-191.

Locally, the Rockford school referendum passed 64-36 percent (43,357-24,510 votes) and Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato (D) won re-election over Republican challenger Glen Weber, 57-43 percent (62,987-47,738 votes).

A proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution aimed at making it more difficult to expand public employee retirement benefits failed. With about 90 percent of the vote reported Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, the proposed amendment had support from 56 percent of Illinoisans, but fell short of two criteria needed for passage. The measure needed either three-fifths of Illinoisans who voted on the measure, or 50 percent of the total number of votes cast in the election. Nearly 5 million people voted in the election. The amendment would have required a three-fifths vote instead of a simple majority for any pension increase.

Following are other election results (winners in bold):

President of the United States

Popular vote

+ Barack Obama (D) — 50 percent (59,713,995 votes)

Mitt Romney (R) — 48 percent (57,087,586 votes)

Electoral College * (270 electoral votes needed to win)

+ Barack Obama (D) — 303 electoral votes

Mitt Romney (R) — 206 electoral votes

* 29 electoral votes still to be decided in Florida

U.S. Congress

17th Congressional District

+ Cheri Bustos (D) — 53 percent (148,229 votes)

Bobby Schilling (R) — 47 percent (129,970 votes)

16th Congressional District

+ Adam Kinzinger (R) — 62 percent (179,123 votes)

Wanda Rohl (D) — 38 percent (110,378 votes)

Illinois Senate

34th District

+ Steve Stadelman (D) — 63 percent (48,915 votes)

Frank Gambino (R) — 37 percent (28,929 votes)

Illinois House of Representatives

90th Legislative District

+ Tom Demmer (R) — 62 percent (27,404 votes)

Thomas Boken (D) — 38 percent (16,708 votes)

68th Legislative District

+ John Cabello (R) — 53 percent (24,772 votes)

Carl Wasco (D) — 47 percent (21,674 votes)

74th Legislative District

+ Donald Moffitt (R) — 65 percent (33,970 votes)

Gus Junior (D) — 35 percent (18,492 votes)

Winnebago County State’s Attorney

+ Joe Bruscato (D) — 57 percent (62,987 votes)

Glen Weber (R) — 43 percent (47,738 votes)

Winnebago County Board

District 3

+ Steve Schultz (R) — 60 percent (3,537 votes)

John Gedney (D) — 40 percent (2,399 votes)

District 5

+ Dave Tassoni (D) — 60 percent (2,942 votes)

Owen Bach (R) — 40 percent (1,940 votes)

District 6

+ Kay Mullins (R) — 56 percent (2,858 votes)

Melvin Paris (D) — 44 percent (2,212 votes)

District 9

+ David Kelley (R) — 54 percent (2,758 votes)

Allen Penticoff (D) — 46 percent (2,375 votes)

District 11

+ Dave Fiduccia (R) — 55 percent (3,553 votes)

Paul Gorski (D) — 45 percent (2,857 votes)

District 12

+ Julio Salgado (D) — 70 percent (1,920 votes)

David Strommer (R) — 30 percent (821 votes)

District 15

+ Burt Gerl (D) — 52 percent (2,384 votes)

John Ekberg (R) — 48 percent (2,205 votes)

District 20

+ Ted Biondo (R) — 58 percent (3,499 votes)

David Soll (D) — 42 percent (2,541 votes)

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Board Commissioner

+ Audrey Johnson 25 percent (35,874 votes)

+ Michael Eikman 23 percent (33,297 votes)

Jeff Tilly — 19 percent (26,582 votes)

Lenae Weichel — 17 percent (24,619 votes)

Eric Thomas Stromberg — 16 percent (23,267 votes)

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Board Commissioner (unexpired two-year term)

+ Cheryl Maggio — 46 percent (39,560 votes)

Lee Johnson — 33 percent (28,811 votes)

Beverly Moore — 21 percent (18,152 votes)

Posted Nov. 7, 2012

2 Comments

  1. Georgine Arena

    November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

    My main interest was in the race for the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District. Can and one tell me HOW Cheryl Maggio ran away with this seat? She voted for the Gasparini property purchase, the tree massacre, Randy Olson’s policing debacle, and to keep Randy Olson in place as President of the Board of Commissioners. If anyone who voted for her could comment why she’s still there, I would like to know what I missed.

  2. Jodell Gabriel

    November 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Georgia,
    I agree with you that Cheryl Maggio was re-elected to Forest Preserve results was a travesty. My take is that she had name recognition and voters knew the name but didn’t know why they knew it. LOW INFORMATION voters is another way of saying that.

    It saddens me that Lee Johnson lost that one. I have known him for years and appreciate his environmental heart. I would encourage him to keep the signs and run again. Be glad share my political knowledge to make it a win next time.

    In a Presidential election year, people lose sight of the importance of local elections, especially small governing bodies like the Forest Preserve.

    I know there was a straw poll for the Forest Preserve at a Sierra Club meeting but only because I friend told me about it and the results. Not being one to just go on his word alone, I wanted to know why he/they voted the way that did. He educated me on the why. I put out word via my FB page and personal emails. A few people responded with a thanks because they had no idea who to vote for. Others sent regrets because they had voted early and under voted because they weren’t informed. Please to say that no one admitted to filling in the blanks as best they could without proper info.

    I think cheryl maggio should know that this the number of votes she received is not a mandate for her past behavior. If someone would inform me of Forest Preserve votes and give me an email so I can voice my opinion to our Forest Preserve public servants, I would appreciate it. I would also pass it on to friends.

    My question: Is there an environmental group watching these board meetings? Is there a network to inform people? A FB page? There used to be a group in the area called SAFE (Sinnissippi Alliance for the Environment). Perhaps resurrecting that group via FB would be a way to inform the public and call them to action.

    I hope this helps. Appreciate your asking. I think the more caring people who ban together can banish those of CM’s ilk.
    Jodell

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