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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

Cartwright Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 8:24 AM
I would have preferred a Romney win, but I've said all along that unless Romney wins big, it means America is in trouble, because a narrow Romney win (or a defeat) means too many Americans are satisfied with a stagnant economy, $5.5 trillion in new debt, the coming tax bomb, long term double digit real unemployment, Obamacare, high energy prices, an ever-growing government, and a weaker America. This can't be good.
1 mac Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 9:08 AM
The real reason is the 47% were protecting their benefits. Some of the 53% want into the 475 and hope Obama will give them an entitlemen.

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...