The U.S. President is elected by electoral college votes on the basis of popular votes. Each state is granted a number of electors equal to the number of U.S. senators

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The U.S. President is elected by electoral college votes on the basis of popular votes. Each state is granted a number of electors equal to the number of U.S. senators

and representatives of the House. For example, the state of Texas has two U.S. senators and 36 representatives in 2012, and as a result has 38 electors. The

presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in a state has his or her party’s slate of electors appointed. Appointed electors then meet in their state’s

capitol and vote for their candidate. The presidential candidate with a majority (50%+1 vote, which require 270 electors out of 538) of the elector votes wins.

The 2012 presidential election results are posted on CNN’s webpages. Go to http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/race/president#. Click on “ALL STATES” below the

map if you want to find election results in the states. Use the results to see popular votes and electoral votes.

1. In the U.S.,
1) Total number of popular votes for Obama ___________
2) Total number of popular votes for Romney ___________
3) The difference of popular votes between two candidates ___________

4) Percent of popular votes for Obama ___________
5) Percent of popular votes for Romney ___________
6) The difference of percent of popular votes between two candidates ___________

7) Total number of electoral votes for Obama ___________
8) Total number of electoral votes for Romney ___________
9) The difference of electoral votes between two candidates ___________

10) Percent of electoral votes for Obama ___________
11) Percent of electoral votes for Romney ___________
12) The difference of percent of electoral votes between two candidates ___________

2. In Texas,
1) Total number of popular votes for Obama ___________
2) Total number of popular votes for Romney ___________
3) The difference of popular votes between two candidates ___________

4) Percent of popular votes for Obama ___________
5) Percent of popular votes for Romney ___________
6) The difference of percent of popular votes between two candidates ___________

3. In California,
1) Total number of popular votes for Obama ___________
2) Total number of popular votes for Romney ___________
3) The difference of popular votes between two candidates ___________

4) Percent of popular votes for Obama ___________
5) Percent of popular votes for Romney ___________
6) The difference of percent of popular votes between two candidates ___________

4. In New York,
1) Total number of popular votes for Obama ___________
2) Total number of popular votes for Romney ___________
3) The difference of popular votes between two candidates ___________

4) Percent of popular votes for Obama ___________
5) Percent of popular votes for Romney ___________
6) The difference of percent of popular votes between two candidates ___________

6. In Florida,
1) Total number of popular votes for Obama ___________
2) Total number of popular votes for Romney ___________
3) The difference of popular votes between two candidates ___________

4) Percent of popular votes for Obama ___________
5) Percent of popular votes for Romney ___________
6) The difference of percent of popular votes between two candidates ___________

7. In Ohio,
1) Total number of popular votes for Obama ___________
2) Total number of popular votes for Romney ___________
3) The difference of popular votes between two candidates ___________

4) Percent of popular votes for Obama ___________
5) Percent of popular votes for Romney ___________
6) The difference of percent of popular votes between two candidates ___________

7. Hispanic voters accounted for 10% of the voting population in the 2012 election and these voters proved to be a pivotal in voting bloc, particularly in Florida. In

fact, the exit poll results show 71% of Hispanic voters voted for Obama in the 2012 presidential election. Discuss why the majority of Hispanic voters supported Obama

(50% of activity scores; You are required to write more than 100 words).

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