2012 Presidential Election
Vice President Joe Biden’s May 2012 comments expressing support for same-sex marriage were not planned as a trial balloon for public opinion, but instead sparked “chaos” in the White House ahead of the November presidential election, according to a new book on the legalization of gay marriage.
Nate Silver, renowned for perfect and near-perfect statistical predictions, says that the GOP has a roughly 60 percent chance of winning the necessary six seats to take back control of the Senate from Democrats, and adds that Republicans have a shot at a “big win” that could see them acquiring up to 11 seats.
A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows.
After Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss, many senior Republicans concluded the party must moderate its image on issues such as immigration and reproductive rights.
President Obama’s highest approval ratings for 2012 came from his birth state of Hawaii and his current home in Washington, D.C.