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Obama Wins by Going Negative and Turning Out Base

jseifert Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 8:09 AM
Mike, You're over thinking it. It's not that complicated: Add up number of people: On welfare+ those who are employed by the government+ those who sell stuff to the government+those who need government to OK their business permits+those who hope to get free stuff AND all their families. It's a huge number. We are past the tipping point. From here on out to the unavoidable collapse, the guy that even hints at reducing government will always loose. Pray for the USA.
Lukewarm. That's the feeling I get from the election numbers.

Turnout was apparently down, at least as a percentage of eligible voters. The president was re-elected by a reduced margin. The challenger didn't inspire the turnout surge he needed.

Every re-elected president since Andrew Jackson has won with an increased popular vote percentage. Barack Obama didn't. He won 53 percent to 46 percent in 2008. His numbers as I write are 50 percent to 48 percent over Mitt Romney. That could go up to 51 percent to 48 percent when California finishes its count, which took five weeks in 2008.

Obama owes most...