Election of 2012

In 2012, the incumbent, Barack Obama, faced the former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney.  Obama entered election season with a low approval rating of just 40%.  Compounding the low approval rating was a high unemployment rate around 8%.  As such, it would not be an easy campaign start for the president.

By the end of the campaign, however, unemployment had lowered, and the president gained favor for his response to a terrible natural disaster, Hurricane Sandy.  Obama would use these successes to win the election, obtaining 62% of the electoral votes.

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