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Election Night 2012 - What will you be doing?

What will you be doing on Nov. 6, 2012 as the new President of the United States is chosen? Here are some ideas to spruce up your event - and some election facts too! This great “Red State / Blue State” puzzle is one of many things you can do while you watch the results pour in. With two pieces, one red and one blue, you can construct the puzzle to match as the states’ go red for Romney or blue for Obama.

Election Night Puzzle

Election Night Puzzle

 Each state has two pieces - one red, one blue, so you can put the puzzle together as election results roll in! Want some more activities for Election Night?

50 States Game

Get out a timer, set it to six minutes, and give everyone a sheet of paper labeled 1-50. How many can name all 50 states without a map as an aide? You’d be surprised what people forget (especially if they don’t know that Alphabet State Game Tune)!

Presidential Playlists

Add a bit of fun to the night by creating and listening to playlists you imagine fits your preferred candidate. What do you imagine they listen to, or better yet, what kind of music would you recommend to them?

Red, White, and Blue Foods

Whip up some food and make it red, white, and blue to celebrate! (That link featured 100 different red white and blue recipes - don't miss it!) If you’re feeling creative, make dishes that you know are Romney or Obama’s favorites — or foods that are considered the best from their hometowns. You can find recipes for past presidents’ favorite foods and cook up something rather presidential for your election night festivities.

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As you watch this nail-biter election, no matter what side you’re on, it might be interesting to look at some facts about the states with the most electoral votes and those that are considered swing states in this election.

THE BIG GUYS

CALIFORNIA Has gone blue the last 5 elections

Current Electoral Votes: 55 Last Year’s Electoral Votes: 55 Went Blue (Democrat): 40% of the time, with 16 elections Went Red (Republican): 58% of the time, with 23 elections Went Yellow (Neither Democrat or Republican): 2% of the time, with 1 election Longest Blue Streak: 5 straight elections from 1932-1948 and 1992-2008 Longest Red Streak: 6 straight elections from 1968-1988 Last 10 elections: Went red 5 times, went blue 5 times, and went with the overall winning candidate 70% of the time Likely Candidate for 2012: Obama

TEXAS Has gone red the last 8 elections

Current Electoral Votes: 38 (up 4 from last election) Last Year’s Electoral Votes: 34 Went Blue (Democrat): 69% of the time, with 27 elections Went Red (Republican): 31% of the time, with 12 elections Went Yellow (Neither): 0% of the time, with 0 elections Longest Blue Streak: 14 straight elections from 1872-1924 Longest Red Streak: 8 straight elections from 1980-2008 Last 10 Elections: Went red 9 times, went blue 1 time, and went with the overall winning candidate 70% of the time Likely Candidate for 2012: Romney

NEW YORK Has gone blue the last 6 elections

Current Electoral Votes: 29 Last Year’s Electoral Votes: 31 Went Blue (Democrat): 44% of the time, with 24 elections Went Red (Republican): 36% of the time, with 20 elections Went Yellow (Neither): 20% of the time, with 11 elections Longest Blue Streak: 6 straight elections from 1988-2008 Longest Red Streak: 4 straight elections from 1896-1908 and 1916-1928 Last 10 Elections: Went red 3 times, went blue 7 times, and went with the overall winning candidate 70% of the time Likely Candidate for 2012: Obama

THE SWING STATES

FLORIDA Has gone blue the last 1 election

Current Electoral Votes: 29 Last Year’s Electoral Votes: 27 Went Blue (Democrat): 60% of the time with 24 elections Went Red (Republican): 38% of the time with 15 elections Went Yellow (Neither): 2% of the time with 1 election Longest Blue Streak: 12 straight elections from 1880-1924 Longest Red Streak: 4 straight elections from 1980-1992 Last 10 Elections: Went red 7 times, went blue 3 times, and went with the overall winning candidate 90% of the time

OHIO Has gone blue the last 1 election

Current Electoral Votes: 18 Last Year’s Electoral Votes: 20 First Election: 1804, started with 3 electoral votes Went Blue (Democrat): 29% of the time with 15 elections Went Red (Republican): 54% of the time with 28 elections Went Yellow (Neither): 17% with 9 elections Longest Blue Streak: 3 straight elections from 1932-1940 Longest Red Streak: 14 straight elections from 1856-1908 Last 10 Elections: Went red 6 times, went blue 4 times, and went with the overall winning candidate 100% of the time

WISCONSIN Went blue the last 6 elections

Current Electoral Votes: 10 Last Year’s Electoral Votes: 10 First Election: 1848, started with 4 electoral votes Went Blue (Democrat): 39% of the time with 16 elections Went Red (Republican): 59% of the time with 24 elections Went Yellow (Neither): 1% of the time 1 election Longest Blue Streak: 6 straight elections from 1988-2008 Longest Red Streak: 9 straight elections from 1854-1888 Last 10 Elections: Went red 3 times, went blue 7 times, and went with the overall winning candidate 70% of the time

COLORADO Went blue the last 1 election

Current Electoral Votes: 9 Last Year’s Electoral Votes: 9 Went Blue (Democrat): 32% of the time with 11 elections Went Red (Republican): 65% of the time with 22 elections Went Yellow (Neither): 3% of the time with 1 election Longest Blue Streak: 3 straight elections from 1908-1916 Longest Red Streak: 6 straight elections from 1968-1988 Last 10 Elections: Went red 8 times, went blue 2 times, and went with the overall winning candidate 80% of the time

IOWA Went blue the last 1 election

Current Electoral Votes: 6 Last Year’s Electoral Votes: 7 Went Blue (Democrat): 29% of the time with 12 elections Went Red (Republican): 71% of the time with 29 elections Went Yellow (Neither): 0% with 0 elections Longest Blue Streak: 4 straight elections from 1988-2000 Longest Red Streak: 14 straight elections from 1856-1908 Last 10 Elections: Went red 5 times, went blue 5 times, and went with the overall winning candidate 70% of the time

NEW HAMPSHIRE Went blue the last 2 elections

Current Electoral Votes: 4 Last Year’s Electoral Votes: 4 Went Blue (Democrat): 29% of the time with 16 elections Went Red (Republican): 52% of the time with 29 elections Went Yellow (Neither): 19% of the time with 11 elections Longest Blue Streak: 6 straight elections from 1832-1852 Longest Red Streak: 14 straight elections from 1856-1908 Last 10 Elections: Went red 6 times, went blue 4 times, and went with the overall winning candidate 80% of the time Wow, all those statistics give you a lot to mull over! Which way do you think each swing state will go, and do you think their overall history gives you any indication, or should we just be looking at the last several elections? Make sure to tune in Tuesday night to keep tally and see who makes it to 270 votes and see who will be the leader of the free world for the next four years. For more information on elections and the electoral college, visit:  Atlas of US Presidental Elections or 270 to Win

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