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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

Carlos7 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:28 PM
A significant part of Obama's base is the "White Working Poor". Romney did not connect here. There's your 400,000 votes.
Lustre Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:31 PM
Wrong.
Romney's failure was his VP choice.
He needed a moderate female of color who had national security and/or executive experience.
Ryan was the complete opposite of that.
annfan_777 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:35 PM
You're a lying sack of dog doo doo. The VP pick had no bearing. Romney screwed this up because he's a wimpy moderate.
Keep the change Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:39 PM
That is complete bullspit. Condoleeza Rice would have delivered 15 votes. Conservatives would have sat out in even greater numbers if Ryan or Rand Paul or Alan West or another reliable conservative didn't offset the Mitt moderate sandwich crammed down our throats by the Bush/Rove wing of the party
CraigWBryant Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:39 PM
I agree, Romney threw away his "Washington Outsider" appeal when he nominated Ryan, one of the most divisive figures in Washington today. Not to say I don't agree with a lot of Ryan's positions, but when you're attempting to sell yourself as the party that can make a difference in Washington, you can't nominate someone from inside Washington, particularly not someone who's image is so entermingled with currenty budget standoff/gridlock/stalemate.

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...