Bush Wins Iowa
With President Bush leading JF Kerry, 745,980 votes to 732,764 – a gap too wide to be overcome by any outstanding ballots, the President was declared the winner of the Presidential election in the State of Iowa, Friday. The win adds 7 EVs to the President's total, bringing his final margin of victory to 286 to 252.
Iowa and New Mexico were the two States which voted for Al Gore in 2000 but backed the President this time. New Hampshire switched from Bush to Kerry.
I use the term mandate to contrast this with the results of the previous Presidential election. A mandate, in this sense, is a clear authorization from the voters to govern. The Presidents manifested itself in ways other than the popular and Electoral vote; the gains in the House and the Senate added to it, as well as, to a lesser extent, the new GOP governorships.