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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

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...