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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

awill Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:00 PM
I know why Romney lost 3 million white voters, and over 12% of teaparty voters. Voters that just last election, put the Republican party in charge of the house. Please read. My thoughts are similar to Fred Thompsons on this one. Please read: Remarkably the republican party leadership destroyed Herman Cain's run for the presidency. He was the only candidate trying to reach college students and he definitely fired up the Tea Party voters. Please read:
mary anne24 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:02 PM
I liked Herman Cain. The Obama people/media were threatened by him. And that's it.
Lustre Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:04 PM
House elections were in individual districts versus a national election. Big difference.

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...