Pinoys pick Obama in PHL mock elections

By Andrei Medina/GMA News – For the Filipinos who participated in the United States Embassy in Manila’s mock elections on Wednesday, it’s Obama for President.

Filipinos in various parts of the Philippines participated in “mock elections” spearheaded by the US Embassy that coincided with the actual US federal elections on November 7.

On its Twitter account, the US Embassy on Wednesday said: “FINAL Mock Elections result (12:43pm) for #2012USelectionsPH – Obama/Biden: 1620 (76%); Romney/Ryan: 509 (24%);”

At SM North EDSA in Quezon City, the US Embassy hosted “US Election Watch 2012” where the public can participate in the mock elections and watch live elections returns
from the actual polls in the US from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In an interview with GMA News Online, Cynthia Cook, Deputy Press Attaché of the US Embassy in Manila, said there are 16 polling stations nationwide, including SM North EDSA, SM Cebu, Davao, Baguio City, Dumaguete.

Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is running for a second and final term in the upcoming elections. His challenger is former Massachusetts Governor, Republican Mitt Romney.

Projection of US media networks

A report of the Reuters news agency on Wednesday said television networks projected that Obama would win a reelection to a second term in the White House after a long and bitter campaign against Romney.

At least 120 million American voters were expected to cast votes in the race between the Democratic incumbent and Romney after a campaign focused on how to repair the ailing US economy.

In a series of wins in key swing states Obama defeated Romney despite a weak economic recovery and persistent high unemployment as US voters decided between two starkly different visions for the country.

Obama’s narrow wins in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire – all states that Romney had contested – effectively ended Romney’s hopes of capturing the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the White House.

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