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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

lois01 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:35 PM
FYI - for those of you running with the Rushbo talking points of free stuff, etc. Check out this stat - the highest concentration of food stamp recipients is among red states; color me shocked!!
NW-Res Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:42 PM
I'm not seeing it. Looks about even to me. The numbers are percentages. That means that California could easily out number over have the "Red" states in actual people on food stamps.

But the map shows that the NW (WA & OR), New Mexico, the Mid West North East are all heavy users, all "Blue". The only Heavy "Red" use in in the South.
nodeamass Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:42 PM
When you observe companies like Walmart informing their employees how to get govt benefits which Walmart doesn't give, it makes sense in all those red 'right to be a wage slave' states to depend more heavily on govt services, it's a backdoor welfare system for those companies who pay slave wages but get a workforce by having their benefits paid for by the govt.
IloveTHmoderators Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:38 PM
Lois- I've implored you smart liberals to stop it with the welfare!

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...