by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After a close presidential race in 2000 which resulted in a month-long legal battle, American voters gave President Bush a strong re-election victory. Bush won by enough of a margin to avoid another protracted legal fight.
Heading into Wednesday, Kerry was not ready to concede defeat. This morning, the candidate called President Bush to congratulate him and wish him well.
The election results give Bush a decisive victory and a clear mandate heading into a second term.
President Bush wound up with a larger electoral vote margin than he had over Al Gore in 2000, won by larger percentages in the states he captured this time around, and he won the popular vote by margin of more than 3.5 million.
Bush secured the votes of 58,418,254 Americans while Kerry received 54,900,945 votes.
The election is the first since 1988 where the winner of the electoral vote won a majority of the popular vote.
Bush secured his victory by holding his own in states he won during the last presidential contest, as Kerry was only able to pick off New Hampshire, a state that neighbors his own.
Meanwhile, the president picked up Iowa and New Mexico, to give him an additional 12 electoral votes to go along with the increase he received from reapportionment.
As the president looks to four more years guiding the nation, pro-life voters, who made the difference in many key battleground states, are looking to possible upcoming battles over likely Supreme Court appointments.
Bush’s re-election means current foreign policy prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion will remain in place, the Bush administration will continue efforts to ban all human cloning both in the U.S. and at the United Nations, and pro-life advocates will look to join the president to fend off efforts to use taxpayer funds to pay for embryonic stem cell research.
Pro-life groups, speaking late Tuesday to LifeNews.com, credited Bush’s strong pro-life position and Kerry’s voting record in favor of abortion as a deciding factor.