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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

1 mac Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 9:07 AM
Any Republicans who did not vote are idiots. These folks handed the election to Obama. Maybe our last chance as Blacks and Latinos will never vote againtst the party that gives them their benefits. The Republican choice of work hard,pay taxes, succeed is not desired by those who get a governemt check(the 47%). These people will NEVER vote to cut their benefit and neither would I. Those of us who are still paying for the others may have lost our last opportunity for fairness.

Broad trends and the national political undertow can't be adequately captured in any single statistic -- but if Mitt Romney had managed to push the electorate in a handful of states a few clicks in his direction, he'd be the president-elect, rather than an also-ran.  Via Jim Geragthy:
 

Florida: 73,858

Ohio: 103,481

Virginia: 115,910

Colorado: 113,099

Those four states, with a collective margin of, 406,348 for Obama, add up to 69 electoral votes. Had Romney won 407,000 or so additional votes in the right proportion in those states, he would have 275...