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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

Carlos7 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:33 PM
Why do Republicans talk about "Tax Cuts"? Most of the voters Mitt was seeking to put him over the top either do not pay taxes, or do not understand taxes, or both.
Lustre Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:35 PM
A lot of Independents pay taxes, and we needed them.
A lot of women pay taxes, and we needed them.
A lot of seniors pay taxes, and we needed them.
Carlos7 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:37 PM
We won't lose anyone we already have ... they would know the deal :-)

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...