Institute of Politics students, fellows and friends react to election 2012 results

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics has been the focal point of political discussion and engagement on campus and in the city of Cambridge since the Institute was founded in 1966. So, what better place to watch this year’s presidential election results roll in? On Tuesday, November 6, the IOP welcomed over 1,000 members of the Harvard community to the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for an election night watch party.

The Institute and its guests received updates throughout the night from journalists, politicians and campaign managers, including Obama for America Senior Campaign Advisor David Axelrod, former Ohio Governor and Spring 2012 Institute of Politics Fellow Ted Strickland, and former Institute of Politics Director and current U.S. Senator from New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen.

Vice President of the Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee Julia Konrad was thrilled with the opportunity to watch the election results come in with such an engaged and enthusiastic community:

“Election Night at the IOP was a remarkable experience.  After spending a semester discussing the election and watching every debate in the Forum, it felt like the perfect place to gather for the biggest night of our college lives.  As we waited for the networks to call the final presidential results, the tension in the room was so intense.  We all crammed into the Forum, as tightly packed as if we were in the front row of a rock concert, and waited for the networks to cal it.  Many people were getting updates on their phone and would call out results but we all waited for the official news from the big Forum screen.  Watching the results at the IOP, especially with other students who had worked so hard on various campaigns all semester, drove home the feeling that we were very much a part of this election.  In some way, it gave us a sense of ownership over the results -- we were a part of this process from start to finish.  I am never going to forget that feeling.”

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