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Youth and minority vote plays major role in election

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Days after President Obama secured his re-election, there is still a nationwide conversation as to what cost Republican challenger Mitt Romney the election, and what lies ahead. YNN's Christina Noce reports.

NATIONWIDE -- CNN and other media reported on Saturday that President Obama officially won the battleground state of Florida. It was states like this one that decided the fate of this election, and a political analyst YNN spoke with said, what cost Romney this election will be the same for the GOP in 2016.

Decision 2012 is final. President Obama secured his seat in the White House with 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney's 206. In the days following the decision, a nationwide conversation has taken place, looking at what cost Romney this election.

"They felt comfortable with Barack Obama and he was able to convince people that the shambles of the economy was not his fault, but left over from the Bush administration and enough people bought that," said Curt Smith, Political Analyst.

Polls show Obama's re-election was due in large part to votes he received from women, young people, and minorities, capturing nearly 80 percent of non-white votes. Romney won about 57 percent of the white vote. Smith said Romney's demise began when he chose Paul Ryan over Marco Rubio for Vice President.

"Hispanics are by nature hardworking, patriotic, socially conservative and religious," Smith said. "That's exactly what the average Republican is. Rubio, Rubio, Rubio."

Smith also said the devastation caused by Sandy left millions of people feeling vulnerable, which was the perfect storm for the President, a week before election.

"Polls show 42 percent of Americans said Hurricane Sandy was an important part of the decision of who they would vote for," said Smith.

Tunya Griffin, with Rochester for Obama, attributes the president's win to the outpouring of youth and minority voters locally, and in battleground states who leaned toward Obama.

"A theme across the board was the plan he laid out," said Tunya Griffin, Rochester for Obama. "I don't think it was clear, it didn't really have a strategy about how he would do certain things and I think that was a big concern for women."

She said these broad demographic changes in voting numbers are here to say but this election was not as focused on race as it was in 2008.

"The first black President. I think that buzz kind of died out. Most of these voters were really focused on the issues and not race," said Griffin.

Obama has promised to reach across party lines during his second term.

CNN projected Obama would win Florida and with all ballots counted, it's official. That means Obama swept all of the contested battleground states with the exception of North Carolina.

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