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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

IloveTHmoderators Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:57 PM
"Vote open border, weak military, abortion and drug loving dopers into Congress?" Well Tinsldr - your next candidate whom you WILL vote for (because you're Loyal) WILL be open borders (why change now, eh?) pro-abortion, and will realize that Defense spending and military spending are quite different (even if you don't). As for the War on Drugs - all you're doing is enriching Drug dealers here and in Mexico and Afghanistan etc, the cops, and the politicians. Oh, and you're LOSING that war too. Good luck.

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...