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Live Blog: UCLA Community Reacts to Election 2012 Results

It’s here: Election night 2012. As the polling stations enter their final hours, stay tuned to Mojo to find out how UCLA students and Westwood community members are reacting to the election results. The polls close at 8 p.m.

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See what people watching the results have to say about election night emotions, swing states, voting and more in tonight’s live blog. We want to hear from you, too: Tweet us @dbmojo.

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6:02 p.m. (Ackerman): 13 states close their polls. Romney wins Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Mississippi. Obama wins Michigan, New York, New Jersey. Reaction in Ackerman is mixed. Mix of groans and cheers as Romney takes the lead. Electoral Count: Romney – 152. Obama – 123.

6:07 p.m. (Ackerman): CNN projects that Republicans will keep control of the House of Representatives. No real reaction here to the news.

6:11 p.m. (Ackerman): Florida switches in favor of Romney. Mojo caught up with fourth-year English student Johnny Leon.

Mojo: How are you feeling right now about the projections?

Leon: “As an Obama supporter, I feel pretty confident. Both candidates are doing well in the states they were projected to win.”

Mojo: How are you feeling about Florida?

Leon: “I was feeling good until the last update. It’s not vital, but it’d be ideal to win it now.”

6:17 p.m. (Hammer Museum): The Hammer screens some of the best political parodies from NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

6:20 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): The fried chicken, tacos and the proximity to the hill is enticing passersby.  A small group enthusiastic voters is gathering in front of the indoor and outdoor screens. Some folks are even coming straight off the tennis courts to watch the results come in. April Lor, a second-year business/economics student and first time voter, says she came to the viewing party because it’s “more inspiring and exciting to watch with everyone.”

6:36 p.m. (Hammer Museum): A few people gather to watch election results at the Billy Wilder Theater inside the Hammer Museum. Not much of a crowd here.
6:41 p.m. (Ackerman): Obama projected to win Pennsylvania. Most people seem more interested in their dinners over here, and there’s no real reaction to the news.
6:46 p.m. (Ackerman): A round of applause as Elizabeth Warren (D) beats Scott Brown (R) in the Senate.

6:50 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): CPO is offering free dinner for its election night viewing party attendees.

7:04 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): Mohamed Tribulsi, a Clemson University International Student from Tunisia, hails from a country with a republican government. He said he’s excited to experience his first democratic election alongside voters at the tennis club.

Students in the line for food are passionately arguing about Proposition 34, the measure that would replace the death penalty in California with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
7:05 p.m. (Ackerman): Obama wins New Hampshire. The crowd is beginning to thin out here.
7:18 p.m. (Hammer Museum): The courtyard is starting to fill up! We’ve met an Austrian family, a Swedish family, but no UCLA students yet… 
7:26 p.m. (Ackerman): Andrew Caudill, a fourth-year history student, says he’s “feeling pretty good right now” and that it looks likely Obama is going to win.

7:30 p.m. (Hammer Museum): Fifth-year fine arts student Patricio Morales shares his thoughts on the election updates: “It’s a bit overwhelming, the information that’s being brought out. It’s more like a spectacle.” He told us he thought it was a great idea to host a viewing party at the museum.

“[The Hammer] is known as a cultural center and it is nice that people are coming together. It makes a statement and it’s what holds the community together,” Morales said.

“If only the Hammer were also a polling place,” he added.

7:53 p.m. (Covel West Coast Room):

The line for the polling station at Rieber Hall reaches outside the door and halfway around the building…

— Joy Jacobson(@JoyJacobson) November 7, 2012


7:55 p.m. (Covel Commons):

8:25 p.m. (Rieber Hall)

8:30 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party):  As CNN projects Obama to win Ohio, some students shout “Welcome back Obama!” but others say Florida and Ohio are too close to call.

8:31 p.m. (Hammer Museum): A crowd of about 200 people celebrate the re-election of President Obama with chants, cheers and tears.

8:35 p.m. (Kerckhoff Coffee House, Election Comedy Show): Applause from the coffee house as news of Barack Obama’s win is announced.

Comedian Jason Van Glass: “It’s weird that the president from Fifth Element is now our president. Because he’s black which usually stops you from being president. He’s also super-qualified to be president which would normally also stop you from being president.”

Here’s a clip from Van Glass’s sketch:

8:50 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): “I’m excited to see Obama in office another four years so he can make some bolder decisions,” said third-year international studies student Jacob Goldberg.

UCLA student Robert Paul said he doesn’t trust CNN’s projections and that he’s frustrated by the media’s representations of the vote. “Only 60% of Americas votes have been counted so far,” he said. He said, however, that he is still confident in Obama has won.

9:02 p.m. (Kerckhoff Coffee House, Election Comedy Show): Comedian Pedro Salinas: “Don’t let white people vote for 100 years, I think that would be good…If you don’t oppress a people you get cargo pants and Dave Matthews Band and Mitt Romney.”

9:08 p.m. (Kerckhoff Coffee House, Election Comedy Show): Comedian Sean Conroy: “The election is ending today. Here’s something I learned recently: it is okay to chant ‘Four more years’ at a political rally but not at your niece’s birthday party.”

9:15 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): Students confident about the results turn away from the screen and toward the piping hot pizza and fried chicken for a bit. Outside, the tennis players continue playing through the commotion.

When asked why he chose this viewing party over others one student replied, “there were others?” A family of German tourists say they found out about the party “on the net.”

One student decked herself out in USA gear to celebrate election night.

9:30 p.m. (Kerckhoff Coffee House, Election Comedy Show): Comedian Erik Charles Nielsen: “The election, that happened… There are things you can do to the name “Willard” other than “Mitt.” I feel like the sentiment in this room would be different if ‘Will Romney’ was on the ballot.”

10:30 p.m. Video: The UCLA community reacts to the 2012 election results.

That’s a wrap, everyone. Follow Daily Bruin’s coverage of the fate of Proposition 30 at and on Facebook.

Reporting by Mojo bloggers Casey Bradford, Mike Bedard and Stephanie Son.

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