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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

Henry VIII Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:25 PM
lois01 Wrote: 3 minutes ago (3:16 PM) Looks like you have your talking points from Fox and Rushbo down pat!! Worked out so well for you during the last election cycle - why not continue? Well lowasse, explain to us all how free healthcare, free abortions, free birth control, free food stamps, cash for clunkers, mortgage bailouts, and free seed for Big Bird are not adult Santa Claus gifts......Tell us taxpayers lowasse, we're waiting....

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...