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Who won the Popular Vote? US Presidential Election 2012, Mitt Romney vs. President Barack Obama

By Staff
Nov 6, 2012
Obama won't have to worry about losing the popular vote, updated totals place him in the lead.

Who won the popular vote for the 2012 US Presidential election in 2012, Republican Mitt Romney or Democrat President Barack Obama?

President Barack Obama is celebrating in Chicago, but unfortunately, he may not win in the popular vote.

President Obama is a two-term leader, he has been re-elected and has taken the Electoral College early in the night.

An Ohio win combined with victories in three other swing states clinched Mr. Obama another term as president.

He has sailed over 270 Electoral College votes, but his win may carry and asterisk.

He may wind up like President George W. Bush in his first term - he could lose the popular vote.

Right now, GOP challenger Mitt Romney leads the president in the popular vote.

Romney has 40,057,116 votes while Obama has 38,999,331 per CBS News.

Can Romney hold this lead?

CBS News' early exit polling shows that women favor Mr. Obama by a large number (14 points), but his support among men is down seven points from 2008.

Similarly, while young people aged 18-29 favor the president (56 percent to 40 percent), those 64 and older favor Mitt Romney, so it is possible.

How tough would it be for President Obama to govern if he loses the popular vote?

Update*

Obama won't have to worry about losing the popular vote, updated totals place him in the lead.

OBAMA 59,837,407

ROMNEY 57,190,588

CBS has a running tally here for the popular vote.

(Image: WENN)

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