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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

FoxMulder Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 10:12 AM
An important reason for Obama’s victory is that millions of conservatives did not show up to vote, or they voted for a third party candidate. The Democrats rally around their presidential candidate even if he’s clueless and a proven incompetent, so in order to win, we must support our candidate even if he’s not as conservative as you would like him to be. Mitt Romney is not a true conservative, but he is smart, competent and a good person who deserved the votes of conservatives. The GOP cannot win Presidential elections by appealing only to conservatives; only 35% of those who voted Tuesday described themselves as conservatives.
Conservative abroad Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 1:46 AM
Romney and the Republicans lost the voters that didn't show up. You can't blame them for not coming out when they can't tell the difference between 2 candidates especially when most voters have very little information about the election to begin with. Romney and Obama were absolutely the same on immigration when a 1% gain in the white vote gives him a better result than a 7.4% loss in the Hispanic vote which the Republicans can't get anyway because they can't out pander the Democrats. He wouldn't have to be racist either, just support enforcing laws (what a novel idea for a Republican).
EJ7447 Wrote: Mar 15, 2013 12:32 PM
Was it not these same 'intelligent' conservatives who gave us Bill Clinton by voting for Ross Perot twice? It is amazing that anyone would get so hung up on either a position that Romney took or that he was of the Mormon faith, that they would rather pout and not vote or vote for someone who had no chance of winning, and put Obama back in office, and run the risk of having the Nation put into another Depression--as did FDR in the '30's--by Obama and liberal Democrats. I do think we can blame these people for putting us in this situation. Is a personal visit actually required to satisfy one's ego before voting in one of the most critical elections in our lives? Surely there is a more productive way to express one's opinion.
Steve276 Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 7:23 PM
You got it right Fox. The fraud may have impacted the numbers to some degree, but did not cost Romney the election. The Republicans and Conservatives who believed that there was no difference between Romney and Obama, or that Romney was a poor choice for the Presidency, cost Romney the election. We deserve what we get over the next four years. My hope is that we are able, as a Nation, to recover from it. If we cannot, our children and grandchildren may never know the America that we have known.

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...