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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

nodeamass Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:25 PM
Rubbish. The VA costs are part of the war machine as is the DOE and all the costs of nuclear weapons. Con't forget the added interest on the debt along with homeland security as well. If you truly want to shrink govt , start with yourself.

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...