Observing the U.S. Election: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Election Events: U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

As submitted by embassy staff

Government officials, members of the media, representatives of civil society, and students joined embassy staff at an election watch event the morning of November 7, 2012, in Ulaanbaatar. The event coincided with the closing of the polls in the United States and with the announcement of preliminary results. Five local television stations and three newspapers attended, and three of the television stations ran live coverage of the event. Students helped Ambassador Campbell mark off states on a map of the United States as the winner of those states became clear. Guests watched results on televisions tuned to Bloomberg TV Mongolia, CNN, and local station ETV, while reporters interviewed embassy staff and Mongolians in attendance about elections. Life size photo-figures of both President Barak Obama and Mitt Romney were available for photos. The result of the election wasn’t yet clear when the event ended, but, as the Ambassador said in her remarks, one thing she is proud of is the smoothness of our transitions, even when elections are as close as this one has proved. This has happened 56 times before, in elections since 1789. And this held true a few hours later when Mitt Romney gave a concession speech and then President Obama a victory speech.

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Additional photos of the election event can be found at http://www.facebook.com/USAinMongolia.

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