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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

annfan_777 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 1:44 PM
SirPublius Wrote: 16 minutes ago (1:21 PM) "....it didn't happen. Romney received LESS votes than Mccain did, which tells me that the only people who came out for Romney was the base, and that there was in fact no coalition of independents." ------------- Wrong. The base was unimpressed with Romney and didn't turn out as they would've for an actual conservative. Romney lost this thing by appealing to narrow concerns about the "economy" when Obama was weak in every area.
Lustre Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 1:49 PM
You need to do your homework for facts, and skip the dumb thoughts on it.

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...