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How the Latino Vote Tipped the Scales in Favor of President Obama

Immigration was a major issue for Latino voters when they cast ballots to choose the next president of the United States. America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF), an organization that advocates for aspiring citizens, said in a statement that the unprecedented Latino turnout levels and historic levels of support for Democratic candidates helped President Obama win re-election and kept the Senate a Democratic majority. 

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Get Inspired: Read Statements from Across Our Movement on Obama Victory

AFGE President J. David Cox helps get out the vote. AFGE photo.

Here’s a roundup of reactions to last night’s election victory by President Obama and other working family candidates from national and state union leaders.

AFT President Randi Weingarten:

The American people voted today to create opportunity and shared prosperity by sharing responsibility, and to reject the cynical "you’re on your own" philosophy.

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California Working Families Beat Koch-Backed Prop. 32

California Labor Federation photo.

For the third time in the past 14 years, California voters rejected an attempt—fueled by millions of out-of-state dollars—to shut working people out of the political process when they soundly defeated Proposition 32. California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski said working families:

Rejected a blatant power play by corporate special interests to silence the voice of working people. Despite weeks of misleading advertisements backing Prop. 32 paid for by billionaires and out-of-state super PACs, the margin of defeat was decisive. Prop. 32 backers spent more than $50 million in an effort to fool voters.

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We Have Eight Weeks to Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Protect Our Future

As working families all over the country celebrated President Obama's re-election last night, we also began mobilizing to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from benefit cuts.

Sign the petition: www.aflcio.org/ProtectOurFuture.

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Trumka: Obama Win Moves Nation on 'Path of Sanity and Shared Prosperity'

Wisconsin AFL-CIO photo

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

Last night, working families across the country celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden—and breathed a sigh of relief that our country will move forward on the path of sanity and shared prosperity. Nothing about the last four years has been easy, from the Great Recession to Hurricane Sandy, from unrelenting partisan obstruction by Republicans to the greatest onslaught of negative ads ever unleashed against an American president.

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AFL-CIO: Election 2012

We covered the 2012 election live on the AFL-CIO Now blog all day Nov. 6. Read the blog below:

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Ohio GOTV Makes 800K Contacts in Final Push

In a huge voter outreach push in the final days of the election cycle, the AFL-CIO political program in Ohio completed more than 800,000 voter contacts. That far exceeds previous election years. The unprecedented level of voter communication capped the massive effort under way since Labor Day that reached more than 2 million Ohio voters with 80,000 volunteer shifts.

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California Labor Activists Engage in Massive GOTV Efforts

In a massive display of the power of working families, 40,000 volunteers in California are finishing up a massive get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort. The activists have distributed more than 5.1 million worksite fliers and made more than 3 million direct voter contacts. In the past week, they completed more than 1 million voter contacts. While the presidential election is a foregone conclusion in the state, the massive contact program could be decisive in a number of ballot initiatives, including Prop. 32, which would silence the voice of working people.

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Ohio Union Members Energized to Re-Elect President Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown

Photo courtesy of John Beagle

An election eve poll taken among AFL-CIO union voters in Ohio shows that Ohio working families strongly support President Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown.

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Akron Area Voting Machine Troubles Slow Ohio Voters

Akron Area Voting Machine Troubles Slow Ohio Voters

The AFL-CIO Voter Protection rapid response team has dispatched a team of lawyers to Summit County, Ohio, where there have been reports from across the country about problems with voting machines, lack of paper ballots, moved polling places and other issues.   

In one precinct, some voters were in line from 6:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. before finally voting with provisional ballots. 

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