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Why Did Mitt Romney Lose?

Michael IL Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 1:40 AM
Obama trailed Romney on every issue except Foreign Policy. Likely voters according to Rasmussen trusted Romney more on the Economy, Domestic Policy, Social, Healthcare and Immigration issues over Obama by double digits. Only on Foreign Policy did Obama hold a scant 7 point lead with Romney closing the gap as details began to emerge on the debacle in Libya. 57% of likely voters thought the nation was headed in the wrong direction in the weeks leading up to the election. Romney was leading Obama in two swing states, behind in two and in a statistical tie in the remaining five; he lost all but one. These numbers simply do not comport with the election results. No one is that lucky, not even Obama. Something is rotten in Denmark.

Of course, virtually every American who follows politics closely will posit an explanation for why Mitt Romney came up short in 2012. But Sean Trende’s analysis over at Real Clear Politics seems to be the most insightful -- and plausible. Take a look at the following chart embedded in his must-read article:

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Conventional wisdom tells us that Republicans lost because they failed to reach out to Hispanics, African-Americans and young people. And to a certain extent that is