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2012 ELECTION RESULTS -  continuous updates

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LifeSiteNews.com is committed to bring its readers the latest information on the presidential race and other key races in the United States. This will be continually updated until the final result is known. All times EST.

11:18 p.m.: Obama has been projected the winner of Oregon—no surprise—and also Iowa. The president began his unlikely ascension to the Democratic nomination in 2008 with the Iowa caucuses. The electoral vote is now 264-210 for Obama. Florida also looks likely to be an Obama pick-up.

11:14 p.m.: Barack Obama has won the state of Ohio, with its 18 electoral votes. This makes his re-election all-but certain.

11:09 p.m.: Mitt Romney won the state of Missouri and its 10 electoral votes. The state is, next to Ohio and Florida, is one of the most evenly divided swing states. The Show Me State split its ticket, re-elect Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill over Todd Akin. Republicans siphoned off resources earmarked for that campaign to Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin and Josh Mandel in Ohio, both of whom also lost their respective races.

11:00 p.m.: President Obama will carry California, Washington State, and his boyhood home of Hawaii. Mitt Romney will carry the swing state of North Carolina, which Obama carried in 2008. Obama hoped to repeat, holding the 2012 Democratic National Convention—dubbed “abortionpalooza”—in Charlotte. However, his opposition to the state’s constitutional amendment defending marriage, opposition to ObamaCare, and his ties to unpopular Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue cost him the state. Romney also carried the deep-red state of Idaho. Obama is now decisively in the lead where it counts, the Electoral College, 240-193.

10:55 p.m.: Tea Party champion Allen West has a narrow lead. With 90 percent of the vote counted, West leads Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy 147,138 to 145,305. The freshman Congressman spoke at this year’s March for Life.

10:52 p.m.: Barack Obama carries heavily Democratic Minnesota, another state Republicans optimistically believed they could flip. The state’s 10 electoral votes nearly tie the race.

10:49 p.m.: Romney leads the popular vote in North Carolina and Virginia. Colorado looks pivotal.

10:44 p.m.: Mitt Romney has carried the state of Arizona with its 11 electoral votes. That breaks the electoral tie, at least temporarily.

10:42 p.m.: Alabama voters have voted to nullify ObamaCare, passing Amendment 6, which forbids the government from compelling anyone to purchase health insurance.

10:25 p.m.: The Electoral College vote is tied again at 163-163, as Barack Obama is projected to win New Mexico. The state has drifted further into the Democratic column, largely keeping pace with its growth from immigration. Former Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate and a former Republican, is currently taking nearly three percent of the state’s vote.

10:05 p.m.: Romney will win Utah and Montana. Neither state’s choice was in doubt, particularly Utah. Although the state has the highest concentration of Mormons, it is also among the most conservative states in the union. In 1992, Bill Clinton finished third, behind George H. W. Bush and Ross Perot. Minnesota’s vote looks ready to place the state in Obama’s column, which is also not surprising. Romney currently maintains a narrow electoral majority.

9:55 p.m.: New Hampshire has been called for Barack Obama, giving him four more electoral votes. New Hampshire was one of my states to watch. The trend does not bode well.

9:50 p.m.: Democrats continue to win Senate races, shutting out the GOP in Ohio (Sherrod Brown over Josh Mandel), Wisconsin (Tammy Baldwin over Tommy Thompson), Massachusetts (Elizabeth Warren over incumbent Scott Brown), New York (Gillibrand over pro-life champion Wendy Long), and Florida (Bill Nelson over the commendable Connie Mack).

9:45 p.m.: With nearly 70 percent of the vote reported, the state of Florida is tied. Obama is leading by less than 2,000 votes. Two counties in the Florida panhandle—Santa Rosa and Holmes—have not reported any votes, and Romney will win both handily. However, only 15 percent of the votes in heavily Democratic Miami-Dade County have been counted, and Obama could easily make up the deficit.

9:35 p.m.: Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat goes to Joe Donnelly, beating Richard Mourdock after the latter said a child conceived from rape is “something God intended.” Donnelly has campaigned as a “pro-life Democrat” and is endorsed by Democrats for Life of America. However, he voted for ObamaCare, which subsidizes abortifacient drugs and has a $1 abortion deductible. Republicans will, however, retain control of the U.S. House.

9:31 p.m.: President Obama has kept Wisconsin in the Democratic column. The home state of Paul Ryan made some believe the GOP could contest the state. However, it has narrowly favored the Democratic candidate for several presidential elections. The Electoral College is now nearly tied, 154-153 for Romney. Obama picks up three “swing” states in MI, PA, and now WI.

9:17 p.m.: Officials have called Pennsylvania for Barack Obama. The state, with a heavy Catholic electorate (nearly one-third by some accounts), has dashed Republican hopes. The GOP made attempts to win the state in the last several elections without success. Obama was speaking about Pennsylvanians when he made his remarks about people bitterly “clinging to guns, or religion.” The state’s declining population means Obama picks up only 20 electoral votes.

9:12 p.m.: Chris Matthews once said the Republican electoral map looks like an “L” from the upper Midwest through the deep South. That pattern holds again.

9:09 p.m.: Despite Romney’s family ties and a hopeful Republican campaign in the state, Michigan remains in the Democratic column yet again. Romney was born in the state, maintains a home there, and his father was a long-serving, popular governor. Romney picked up the second-largest state in the union, Texas, while Obama won the third largest, New York. Romney also continued to pile up votes in Louisiana, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Nebraska, one of two states that splits its electoral votes, will give most of its votes to Romney. Maine will give most of its votes to Obama. Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado are too close to call. The electoral count now favors Romney 153-124.

8:55 p.m.: Election returns show Barack Obama with a large lead in Ohio and Florida, while Romney leads in Virginia. These are partial results. Florida looks particularly good for Romney, as portions of the panhandle have not yet reported, and they will favor Romney heavily. With little of the raw data in, Romney is faring surprisingly well in the D.C. suburbs at this point. However, Obama did better than anticipated in some areas of rural Ohio.

8:44 p.m.: Linda McMahon is 0-2 in her Senate bids, losing to Democrat Chris Murphy. McMahon ran in 2010, losing to Richard Blumenthal after his embarrassing debate performance. McMahon is by all accounts likeable and competent. The WWE wrestling CEO, who is Catholic, has twice run as a pro-business, pro-choice Republican who favors certain restrictions on abortion.

8:36 p.m.: Commenting on the Arkansas returns, former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee credited evangelicals and values voters for Romney’s staunch stance. He said, “Chick-fil-A was dress rehearsal for today.” He added, “One of the things I wish Mitt had done was reach out even more” to evangelicals. “They’re not so much with him” as “scared of another four years of Barack Obama.”

8:31 p.m.: Arkansas has been called for Mitt Romney. Arkansas last went Democratic for its own governor, Bill Clinton. The Solid South has never seemed more impenetrable. Romney now leads Obama in electoral votes 88-75.

8:18 p.m.: Mitt Romney pulls ahead once again by winning Tennessee’s 11 electoral votes. The Volunteer State’s vote was never contested. Romney now leads 82-75. Either candidate must get 270 electoral votes to win. It will be a long night.

8:15 p.m.: Here’s something to watch: New Hampshire. Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are the largest toss-up states. However, New Hampshire is a small state. Once reliably Republican where the endorsement of The Union Leader held sway, refugees from high-tax neighbors Vermont and Massachusetts have made NH more of a national bellewether. If Romney wins, it bodes well for Florida and Ohio.

8:08 p.m.: The presidential race tightened considerably at 8 p.m., when a large group of northeastern states threw their support to President Obama. The region is the most liberal and the least religious. Obama has won Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. He has also picked up New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and his former state of Illinois. He has officially won D.C., as well. Mitt Romney has won Alabama, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. In 2008, Obama did not carry a single county in Oklahoma. The Electoral College vote now stands at Romney-71, Obama-75.

8:01 p.m.: The largest group of states have closed their polls. Sixteen states, including Florida and Pennsylvania, have settled. Washington, D.C., has not yet been called but will certainly go for Obama. The District of Columbia has never voted for a Republican candidate.

7:57 p.m.: Early results show Romney pulling ahead in Virginia. However, the D.C. suburbs, including Fairfax and Loudon counties, have yet to report.

7:51 p.m.: Mitt Romney continues the Republican hold over the South, winning Georgia’s 16 electoral votes. The electoral vote now stands at 49-3.

7:40 p.m.: Mitt Romney has won South Carolina, a solid red state with the nation’s highest concentration of veterans. Its nine electoral votes bring Romney’s total to 33.

7:31 p.m.: Mitt Romney is the projected winner in West Virginia. The Electoral College total is now 24 for Romney vs. 3 for Obama. West Virginia, long a Democratic stronghold, has trended increasingly Republican in the presidential race since the Bush years. President Obama’s threats to “bankrupt” the coal industry cost him its support in the 2008 primaries and in both the last two national elections.

7:30 p.m.: Polls are now closed in Ohio. At this time, Ohio, Virginia, and New Hampshire are swing states that are too close to call.

7:19 p.m.: Vermont, a Democrat-dominated state represented in the U.S. Senate by a socialist, has been called for Barack Obama. Obama now has three electoral votes.

7:00 p.m.: Mitt Romney has been declared the winner of Indiana and Kentucky. Indiana, which President Obama unexpectedly won in 2008, has 11 electoral votes. Kentucky has eight. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

Red alert! Last call.

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Opposing gay ‘marriage’ may demand civil disobedience: Louisiana bishop

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LAFAYETTE, LA, June 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The bishop of the Catholic diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, is one of the nation’s Church leaders to come out strongly against the Supreme Court decision forcing all 50 states to recognize homosexual “marriage.”

Bishop Michael Jarrell reminded Catholics in a statement that the judiciary does not have the power to redefine marriage, and he opened the door to civil disobedience as a possible response to the June 26 Supreme Court ruling.

“Let me state very plainly that no human court has the authority to change what God has written into the law of creation,” Bishop Jarrell wrote in his statement. “This ruling is irreconcilable with the nature and definition of marriage as established by Divine Law.”

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“The marital covenant was established by God with its own proper nature and laws,” he continued.

Recognizing the tide of religious persecution across the country against those who hold the Biblical view of marriage, Bishop Jarrell addressed the issue of living one’s Catholic faith in light of the Supreme Court decision, and gave the green light to refuse to comply, even if it means breaking the law.

“I realize that this ruling will create conscience problems for many Catholics, especially those in public office,” Bishop Jarrell said. “In some cases civil disobedience may be a proper response.”

In an exercise of episcopal authority, the Lafayette prelate also issued a mandate that no representative of the diocese would enable homosexual “marriage” in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.

“No priest or deacon of this Diocese may participate in the civil solemnization or celebration of same-sex marriage,” he declared. “No Catholic facility or property, including but not limited to parishes, missions, chapels, meeting halls, Catholic educational, health or charitable institutions, or facilities belonging to benevolent orders may be used for the solemnization of same-sex marriage.”

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The bishop also cautioned against Catholics showing support for homosexual “marriage” by their presence at same-sex “wedding.”

“All Catholics are urged not to attend same-sex ceremonies,” he said.

The bishop said he hoped this October’s Ordinary Synod on the Family at the Vatican would address issues brought about by “the alteration of the traditional law about marriage.”

Bishop Jarrell also expressed deep sadness at the Supreme Court ruling, and said while Catholics have great respect for everyone as children of God, the justices’ decision had no legal or moral foundation.

“As Catholics we have a profound respect for the dignity of all God’s children,” he stated. “Nevertheless there is no basis in law or in nature for altering the traditional definition of marriage, established by God from the beginning.”

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Catholic News Service gives platform to head of union that gave hundreds of millions to pro-abort politicians

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June 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The news service of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has published an article by the head of an organization that has given hundreds of millions of dollars to elect pro-abortion politicians.

Americans should listen to Pope Francis, at least when it comes to his message on poverty and economics, according to Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, an organization that has done arguably more to elect pro-abortion politicians than any other group in the last 50 years.

The union chief made his case in a June 22 guest column for Catholic News Service (CNS).

The AFL-CIO donated $200 million to Democratic politicians in 2008 alone.

LifeSiteNews contacted Catholic News Service about Trumka’s column in light of the AFL-CIO’s support for abortion, contraception, and homosexual “marriage," but CNS declined to comment.

On his way in the piece to pronouncing unity between the Church and big labor, Trumka touts Pope Francis’s recently reported high approval rating and the “newfound vigor” the Roman Catholic Church has added to its “traditional social doctrine” since his election.

“For much of the last century and more, the labor movement and the Catholic Church have stood together in solidarity for people who labor for a living,” he wrote in the CNS column. “Pope Francis lives and breathes this tradition.”

“Together, the Catholic Church and the labor movement stand for a new moral and political order,” he said.

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In his June 22 piece for Catholic News Service he wrote about helping to ease the pain and suffering for others as his reasons for praising Pope Francis.

“We believe in the duty to ease pain and to offer comfort to those who are suffering -- and not just with kind words, but with action,” Trumka opined. “That is why I am so heartened by our Holy Father Pope Francis.

Trumka, raised Catholic, writes his column for CNS with a Catholic voice, but the union he heads up supports contraception and homosexual “marriage,” along with abortion.
 

While the Church today holds The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers among its themes of Catholic Social Teaching, giving voice in the Bishops’ own news agency to the representative of an organization which has given hundreds of millions of dollars to pro-abortion politicians contradicts the USCCB’s very own document teaching on the need for Catholics to act in support of Catholic principles and policies in public life.

 

“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles,” the USCCB’s Catholics in Political Life states. “They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

 

The nation’s top union also supports the so-called “free” birth control imposed as part of the HHS mandate, something many groups – including the USCCB itself – resisted being forced to provide.

“Women have fought hard for the right to safe, legal reproductive health services and the freedom to exercise that right,” the AFL-CIO Statement on Women's Access to Quality and Affordable Reproductive Health Care says. “The Affordable Care Act provides that women will receive preventative health care benefits, including FDA-approved methods of birth control, without co-pays or deductibles.”

Many of those forms of “birth control” may act as abortifacients.

The AFL-CIO’s support for abortion and birth control isn’t where the union’s advocacy for anti-Catholic initiatives stops. It encompasses homosexual activism as well.

Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBT union members and their “allies,” that “organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community to further social and economic justice.”

Pride at Work is an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO

The deeds of the AFL-CIO as an organization are not the sole illustration of how Trumka’s CNS appearance sends a conflicting message with regard to Church principles, but also statements embracing and advocating principles in direct contrast to the faith by the man himself.

“Working people believe in equality and fairness and that’s why we are happy to stand with millions of Americans and with President Obama in supporting marriage equality,” Trumka said in a statement supporting homosexual “marriage.”

When the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 defending marriage were overturned, he said they never should have been adopted in the first place.

“The Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 were radical and divisive laws that never should have been,” Trumka said. “Now, we can begin to fully clear the dark legal cloud that has hung over our nation.”

Trumka employs a childhood anecdote to frame his article complete with violence against his grandfather on the part of the profit-focused mining company that “owned everything,” in his Pennsylvania hometown.

“Pope Francis speaks for the church I grew up in when he calls for an organized moral response to the injustices of modern capitalism,” stated Trumka, whose salary level is around $300,000 per year according to unionfacts.com.

Trumka has been implicated in encouraging intimidation and deception to advance union goals, according to a report from the National Legal and Policy Center.

Trumka has also been accused of legitimizing violence. During a multi-state coal miners’ strike organized by the United Mine Workers in 1993, Trumka, as union president, ordered more than 17,000 miners to walk off the job, and explicitly told strikers to "kick the s--- out of" employees and mine operators defying union demands.

Homes were vandalized, shots were fired at a mine office, and power was cut to one mine, temporarily trapping 93 miners underground.

A non-union contractor, Eddie York, was murdered by a union member, shot in the back of the head as he drove past strikers at a West Virginia work site. Those trying to rescue the victim were attacked by a group of union members. The union member who shot the contractor went to jail, but no one else was disciplined for what took place.

Trumka told Virginian-Pilot in September 1993 regarding the incident, “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.”

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Supreme Court suspends Texas law that would have closed half of its abortion facilities

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – About half of the abortion facilities in Texas got a reprieve from the Supreme Court on its last day in session.

Justices ruled 5-4 that, right now, the state of Texas may not enforce health protection laws that would have put all but nine of the state's abortion offices out of business. The court's conservative bloc – Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito – objected, but Anthony Kennedy cast the decisive vote with the court's liberals.

At issue is whether the state may require abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and require abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety codes as other ambulatory surgical centers.

The temporary stay of Senate Bill 5 lasts until the justices decide whether they will hear an appeal from the abortion industry, which argues the law's provisions would unduly restrict a woman's access to abortion-on-demand.

“The U.S. Supreme Court was swayed, not for the first time in a week, by illogical arguments,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “By actively lobbying against common sense regulations that would make sure women have access to ‘safe, legal and rare’ abortions, Planned Parenthood and their allies are making a mockery of women’s health care.”

“The abortion industry cares only for their bottom line, and women and their prenatal children are merely dollar signs in their business cycle,” Hawkins said.

"Women and babies are being denied protections with the Supreme Court blocking pro-life legislation,” said Lila Rose of Live Action. “Contrary to what big abortion organizations would have us believe, the possible closure of abortion facilities is due to the refusal of these corporations to adhere to sensible and ordinary medical precautions. We look forward to the day that both the legislature and the Courts use their power to protect the most vulnerable among us."

State pro-life leaders regret the loopholes that they say put women's health at risk.

“Unfortunately, women who do not have abortions at any of the nine operating ambulatory surgical centers that perform abortions will continue to be subjected to substandard medical care,” said Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life.

The ruling does not permanently enjoin the state. It does not even guarantee justices will hear the case.

Should they decline, the law will go into effect in its entirety.

Last October, the Supreme Court allowed Texas to implement these measures while the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals considered its decision in a 6-3 verdict. However, it added that the state must allow abortion facilities in El Paso and McAllen to operate subpar operations, defying greater protections for women, because closing those facilities would require women to drive a great distance to the next nearest abortion facility.

Earlier this month, a three-panel judge of the appeals court, based in New Orleans, upheld the health regulations. All three judges had been appointed by President George W. Bush.

Had the full requirements gone into effect, half of all the remaining abortion facilities in Texas would have closed.

The left-wing website ThinkProgress worried, if the High Court upheld the decision, it would mean that “Roe v. Wade is almost entirely dead.”

Today, representatives of the abortion lobby felt relief. "Our Constitution rightly protects women from laws that would create barriers to safe and legal abortion care, but Texas politicians have tried to sneak around the Constitution with sham regulations designed to close clinics’ doors," said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a pro-life Republican, vowed to “continue to fight for higher-quality health care standards for women while protecting our most vulnerable – the unborn.”

“I’m confident the Supreme Court will ultimately uphold this law,” he added.

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