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The Race to Election Day 2012: Celeb Edition

Leah Harari |
November 6, 2012 | 8:16 a.m. PST

Staff Reporter

VIDEO: It's Election Day...finally.  A slew of celebs—some A-list, some not so much—poured in the past few months, rallying and publicizing their choice of the best man for the job. So, this Election 2012 - who fought for whom?

President Barack Obama and Republican Nominee Mitt Romney (Photo Credit-Creative Commons)
President Barack Obama and Republican Nominee Mitt Romney (Photo Credit-Creative Commons)

Republican nominee Mitt Romney had his fair share and interesting mix of celebrity support. Musician Kid Rock and business mogul/everybody’s favorite reality TV boss Donald Trump (he had previously flirted with the idea of a possible run for presidency) openly campaigned in favor of the Massachusetts governor.

In his formal endorsement, the Donald told the crowd, “It’s my honor, real honor, and privilege to endorse Mitt Romney,” Politico reported. 

Other famous faces in support of the Bay Stater include “Clueless” actress Stacey Dash, musician Meat Loaf and even porn star Jenna Jameson. As for animated celebs, Romney got Mr. Burns’s and Homer’s vote in a “Simpsons” video short.

While eternal train wreck/hot mess/sometimes actress Lindsay Lohan originally tweeted her support for Romney, she later deleted it, which was probably better for the presidential hopeful, anyway.

The most infamous form of support, however, came in the form of Clint Eastwood and that incredibly awkward chair speech. While the legendary actor berated a chair at the Republican National Convention, pretending the simple seat was the current POTUS, the audience sat stunned. Needless to say, the jokes, internet memes and countless public explanations came soon after.

President Barack Obama didn’t trail behind in celebrity love, counting his BFFs and hip-hop royalty Beyonce and Jay-Z, famous rocker Bruce Springsteen, longtime supporter George Clooney, Kal Penn of “Harold and Kumar” fame and “Sex and the City” actress Sarah Jessica Parker among his celebrity supporters.

According to the Huffington Post, No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani threw a fundraiser for the Democrat at her Beverly Hills home, hosting First Lady Michelle Obama. Katy Perry is another musician who sang the praises of the current president, throwing concerts and rallies across the U.S., all while dressed to the nines in a skin-tight ballot bodycon, of course.

Actresses Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, and Kerry Washington also urged the public to vote Obama at the Democratic National Convention.  As Politico reported, Longoria, an Obama campaign co-chair, made her appeal for the Hispanic vote explaining, “Obama, for me, is the only one that understands that the success and the future of America is intricately tied to the success of the Hispanic community.”

While many famous faces used their influence to swing fans to the right or the left, just as many publicly campaigned to the masses remaining fairly nonpartisan. Countless celebs, including Selena Gomez, Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, banded together for a 2012 Election short in an attempt to inspire audiences to get to the voting booth. Entitled “Vote 4 Stuff,” the comedic ad encourages its viewers that whatever your presidential party may be, the important thing is to find your cause and vote for it.


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