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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

Henry VIII Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:25 PM
I have posed that scenario several times on TH over the last couple of years. If we divided the nation down the middle making half red and half blue, the blue states would be bankrupted in short order.
Becca in TX Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 5:02 PM
Par-Thanks for the info. I went on and signed the petition to set Texas free and found that it already had more than 28K signatures. While I was there I signed the petition to recound the election and tell the Pres to come clean on Bhengazi.
Elizabeth420 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:40 PM
Par4theDay: Excellent site--I highly recommend all should check out the site
& click on the links at the top of the page for Open Petitions to bring up the more
than 20 states (& counting) with current pending petitions to secede.
Henry VIII Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:36 PM
I could live in Louisiana....if they seceded.
Par4theDay Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:31 PM

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...