SPAIN IS PASSIONATE ABOUT TUESDAY THE EIGHT OF NOVEMBER 2016

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There’s probably no place on earth that’s not talking about the presidential election in the United States on 8 November 2016. Which is understandable. There’s probably no place on earth that directly or indirectly will not be affected by that election.

Like almost every country on earth, Spain feels passionately about the event. In fact with the amount of news and blogs, print or digital, audio or video, we’re getting here about it, you’d think we’re not only intimately affected by the process; we need all that information because we’re going to the polls on Tuesday!

There are tons of stuff like the following (and these are the mild ones):

  • EL MUNDO: Blog Americracia, 7 November 2016 http://www.elmundo.es/blogs/elmundo/americracia/
    El asalto a la Casa Blanca es la campaña política más cara, la más organizada y, al mismo tiempo, la más caótica de la Tierra, pero también es la que exige a los políticos un mayor esfuerzo físico, personal y psicológico. Una visión a ratos analítica, a ratos superficial y siempre un poco irreverente de estos 10 meses de locura electoral.
    Blog Americracia
    The storming of the White House is the best organized and at the same time the most chaotic political campaign on earth, as well as the greatest physical, personal and psychological effort. A vision that is at times analytical, at other times superficial, and at all times a little irreverent in these ten months of electoral madness.
  • EL PAIS: Elecciones Estados Unidos 2016, “Trump lucha contra los buenos datos de empleo”/Amanda Mars, 5 Nov 2015
    http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/11/04/estados_unidos/1478298288_522190.html
    us-elections-2016-chart1_jobs_psemployment
    En su frenética campaña en los Estados más disputados, el candidato republicano Donald Trump intentó desactivar este viernes el potencial efecto positivo para los demócratas de las estadísticas de empleo de octubre, que marcaron un descenso del paro al 4,9%. “Nadie se cree esas cifras. Lo que publican es un fraude”, sostuvo el magnate en un mitin en New Hampshire.
    “Trump Struggles Against the Good News About  Employment”
    In his frenetic campaign in dead-heat battleground states, the Republican candidate Donald Trump tried to diffuse  the potentially positive effect for the Democrats of the report on employment for October 2016 attesting that the jobless rate was down to 4.9%. “Nobody believes those numbers,” the tycoon declared in New Hampshire. “They’re fraudulent.”
  • EL PAIS: Elecciones Estados Unidos 2016, “La herencia de Obama en Estados Unidos: 11,2 millones de empleos”/Sandro Pozzi, 5 November 2016 http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2016/11/04/actualidad/1478214545_631263.html?rel=mas
    Estados Unidos afronta la recta final de la batalla electoral con un número a debate: 11,2 millones. Son los empleos creados desde que Barack Obama se puso al timón de la mayor potencia económica del plantea, en los días más oscuros de la Gran Recesión. La tasa de paro, entre tanto, se redujo a la mitad durante los dos mandatos del demócrata, al 4,9%. Es un registro envidiable entre las economías avanzadas, pero en el detalle refleja que aún queda trabajo por hacer.
    The Legacy of Obama in the United States: 11.2 Million Jobs/Sandro Pozzi
    The United States faces the last stretch of the electoral race with a number that could well be a subject of contention: 11.2 millions. The number represents the jobs created during the darkest days of the Great Depression, with Barack Obama at the helm of the greatest economy on the planet. The unemployment rate has been reduced to half of what it was before Obama took office, a record that would make other advanced economies envious. The unemployment is now at 4.9%. However, there is still much to do ahead.
  • EL ESPAÑOL.COM: Elecciones Estados Unidos 2016, “El Ibex 35 sube un 1,5% tras el carpetazo al caso de los correos de Hillary Clinton,” 7 November 2016
    http://www.elespanol.com/economia/mercados/20161107/168983193_0.html

    Madrid Stock Exchange

    Madrid Stock Exchange

    Los mercados reaccionan positivamente a la decisión del FBI de cerrar el caso de los emails de la candidata demócrata, que había pesado en su contra e impulsado a Trump.
    “The Ibex 35 Stock Index Went Up 1.5% after the Case of the Hilary Clinton Emails was Shelved”
    The stock markets in Spain responded positively to the decision of the FBI to exonerate Hilary Clinton of criminal wrongdoing in the controversial case of her emails which had been brought against her with Trump’s encouragement.

  • LARAZON.es: Los Blogs de La Razon, El rincón del Politologo, “Breve guía para las elecciones de EEUU,” Luis Lorente, David Muñoz Lagarejos and Carlos Navarro, 6 Novewmber 20186
    http://www.larazon.es/blogs/politica/el-rincon-del-politologo/breve-guia-para-las-elecciones-de-eeuu-CN13876567
    En un día tendremos las elecciones que tienen a medio mundo en vilo. Y para los valientes que se quieran quedar despiertos el martes por la noche aquí en España siguiendo las elecciones he querido hacer una pequeña guía para que uno pueda saber quién va ganando (por si el sueño le vence y se quiere ir a dormir sabiendo un poco como va la cosa). Recordar que lo importante aquí es quien estado a estado, no el voto popular. Se considera que un candidato tiene un estado asegurado cuando tiene una diferencia mayor a 5 puntos (por encima del margen de error).
    ballot-box-by-chris-brooks-cc-by-nd2-0“A Short Guideline for the U.S. elections”
    In just one day we will be holding the elections that will keep half of the world in suspense. And for those valiant people who want to stay awake on the night of Tuesday here in Spain, to  watch the elections, I have made a short guideline so that one would know who’s winning. Remember that what’s important in these elections is winning on state by state basis and not the popular vote. A candidate is considered to have secured the vote of a state if he/she is 5 percentage points ahead of his/her rival (which is above the margin of error).
  • EL HUFFINGTON POST: Elecciones en EEUU, “Varias incógnitas y un deseo”/ Elena Valeciano http://www.huffingtonpost.es/elena-valenciano/elecciones-en-eeuu-varias_b_12839872.html
    7 November 2016
    La campaña, muy polarizada y basada en una comunicación negativa, deja en un espacio de orfandad considerable a amplias capas del electorado moderado y/o inhibe la exposición de su preferencia de voto.
    “A Wish and the Unknown”
    A very polarized campaign based on negative message has converted the moderate sectors into orphans and/or inhibited them from revealing their voting preferences.

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Images
Featured image by Rachel/Flickr, CC BY-ND2.0
Employment chart, US Bureau of Labor Statistic, PD
Madrid Stock Market/Carlos Delgado CC BY-SA3.0
Ballot box/Chris Brooks/Flickr, CC BY-ND2.0