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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

KYoung43 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:02 PM
There were no instances of voter fraud? No precincts where more voters than registered turned out to vote? No precincts where 100 percent of the voters registered voted for Obama? I think there is more to this defeat of last week than a failure within the Romney camp. I'm finished with politics and plan to move out of California as soon as I figure out how I can manage it. I'm also not reading Town Hall several times a day (this is the third time I've read the website since last Tuesday). And I don't care what you have to say, Guy. You're as arrogant in your assessment of this election as Obama is in his assessment of everything related to him. Bah.

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...