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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

DagNabbit Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:57 PM
So now the narrative from the Tired Right seems to be "the election was fraudulent". No, it wasn't. Until you've got some evidence, you sound like you can't internalize the fact that you got whupped. Smacked down. Beat like a dog. Denounced. Anally violated. Boarhogged. Ned Beaty'ed. Beat like you were stealing. If you want to make the case for a fraudulent election and the undemocratic selection of a candidate who didn't actually win, at LEAST have the decency to get the Florida Supreme Court involved. Otherwise, shaddap.

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...