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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

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.

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...