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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

Barbara B Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 6:58 AM
If you believe this election is on the up and up, I believe you are mistaken. First how can some precincts have 108-141% of the registered vote? Then how can 59 counties In Pa. and 18 counties in Ohio show 100% of the vote for Obama? I think someone needs to investigate each and every precinct's vote count. Allen West's district had 148% of the vote counted. At 1 a.m. he was ahead 1800 votes and then a little while later he had a swing of 4000 votes. That put his opponent up 2400 votes. Looking at that county they had 148% of registered voters. Clearly voters or the counts seem to be fraudulant. There were GOP observers locked out of the vote counts. That is against Florida law. Something strange happened in this election.

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...