Unfortunately I just heard that John Kerry conceded the American election to George Dubbya Bush a few minutes ago. I was hoping that Kerry would win, although expecting Bush to win.
It's interesting to see that the industrial North (and California) voted for Kerry, while the rural South voted Bush. Not surprising, but interesting. Take Washington State for example (the one just below where I live). The west of the state voted Kerry, while the east voted Bush (yet the whole state went to Kerry). Seattle and its suburbs are in the west, while potato fields are in the east. Hmmmmm, rednecks?? (Did I actually write that?)
Did you know that the Democrats and Republicans spent over $2 billion (US) combined on the election?? Imagine what that money could do if it was put towards health care, education, or other useful things in the States. There was about $600 million (US) spent on TV and radio advertising alone!
The American electoral system needs to be reformed. The whole Electoral College thing doesn't really make sense. Even though Bush won 51% of Ohio, all 20 Electoral College votes go to Bush. Granted that Bush probably won the popular vote. But last election Gore won the popular vote by over 300,000 votes, yet he lost the presidency due to the Electoral College. Lets not mention the previsional ballots, which may or may not be counted, or the fact that people lined up for over 5 hours to vote (in one precinct, people were still voting at 11:15 P.M.!).