With Republican wins in the House of Representatives and the Senate, it was a banner night for conservatives who favour huge tax cuts and a social agenda that outlaws same-sex marriage and abortion rights.And:
Bush was favoured among white men, voters with family incomes over $100,000 US and evangelical Christians who view him as a messenger from God in a titanic fight to quell terrorism and spread liberty around the world, while Kerry was the overwhelming favourite of black voters, Hispanics, union households and was supported by many younger voters.And even more:
Bush, facing heavy U.S. casualties in Iraq and a sluggish economy that's resulted in more jobs lost than created during his tenure, based his campaign on who best can protect the country from terrorists. He traded heavily on his determined leadership after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - a platform that drew fire from some that he exploited the worst fears of Americans. Interestingly, voters in the states that were hit on Sept. 11 - the District of Columbia, New York and Pennsylvania - lined up solidly behind Kerry.More to follow.