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Going Out on a Limb: Romney Beats Obama, Handily

Corlyss Wrote: Nov 05, 2012 9:54 PM
Nobody's had a mandate since 1984. There won't be a mandate this time, either. Obama didn't have a mandate, despite his claims to the contrary.
Bruce2397 Wrote: Nov 05, 2012 10:01 PM
I don't think Obama claimed a mandate to nearly the extent that W did.

I was just curious what people would think about it if Romney ended up with the split decision. I know what you guys will say when Obama wins---no mandate, despite the win.
Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections. That's bad news for Barack Obama. True, Americans want to think well of their presidents, and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president.

But it's also true that most voters oppose Obama's major policies and consider unsatisfactory the very sluggish economic recovery -- Friday's job report showed an unemployment uptick.

Also, both national and target state polls show that independents -- voters who don't identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans -- break for Romney.

That might not matter if Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 39 to 32...