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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

hagar2 Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 10:33 AM
Seems to me the only meaningful question is how bad was voter fraud and was it enough to swing the election. Just look at what happened in Florida with Allen West campaign
zwheaton Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 11:10 PM
Well in 2004, Jeb Bush and Florida took it upon themselves to elect G.W. President, despite the voters.
azeelie Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 6:37 AM
Exactly! When the shoe is on the other foot. NOW it's suddenly an issue. Well, if it makes them sleep easier at night .....

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...