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Joy News’ Israel Laryea on Obama’s victory
From: Ghana|Joy News|Dorcas Efe Menssah          Published On: November 7, 2012, 08:49 GMT
 
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Joy News’ Israel Laryea on Obama’s victory

"...The projection of Oregon’s seven electoral votes for President Obama was all I needed to convince myself, he [Obama] had secured for himself four more years in the White House,” the editor said.


Many thought it was going to be a close election and indeed the opinion polls and the pundits said same.

But as the night wore on in Chicago at the McCormick Place where hundreds of journalists had gathered to witness the event - along with thousands of supporters of President Barack Obama - the incumbent’s edge over his challenger became more apparent, observes Joy News editor, Israel Laryea who covered the US elections.

With each declaration of the electoral votes of the various states, he said, Barack Obama increased his tally, drawing wild cheers from his supporters whilst in Mitt Romney’s camp, the mood was subdued as those gathered sensed the beckoning of defeat.

“Call it gut feeling or bias for Obama, but the projection of Oregon’s seven electoral votes for President Obama was all I needed to convince myself, he had secured for himself four more years in the White House,” the editor confessed.

He said the news was well received by the media who had gathered from all over the world, making it too obvious “who they had favored all this while”.

Out there in the auditorium at the McCormick Place, Israel said the crowd had gone wild with jubilation.

He spoke to an 18 year old student volunteer and first time voter, Ben, who was glad his efforts had not been in vain.

“I was able to be part of something…I was able to take my words and turn them into action. I worked two jobs so that I can pay for college and to know that I was able to give some of my hard earned money to the campaign and hard earned time is something [to be proud of],” Ben revealed.


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