Election 2012: 12 reasons Obama won and Romney lost

President Obama went into his reelection fight facing significant head winds – most important, high unemployment and slow economic growth. But for a multitude of reasons, including Obama’s positives and Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s negatives, Obama succeeded. Here’s our list.

12. Hurricane Sandy

The superstorm that devastated coastal New Jersey and parts of New York just last week proved to be the October surprise that crushed Romney’s hope of keeping alive any momentum he had from the debates. As commander in chief, Obama had a central governing role to play in storm relief, while Romney was eclipsed for three crucial days. It also didn’t help that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) – Romney’s keynote speaker at the GOP convention – suddenly became Obama’s best friend.

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