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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

John147 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:44 PM
Zzzzzzzzz.. .Hmmmph what? Gerrymandering you say? Yeah, go down the hall here and off to the left and talk to wasserman schultz and co.
CardSenseJimmyBond Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:46 PM
Ask Allen West how well that worked for him...and it was Republicans who stabbed him in the back.

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...