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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

nodeamass Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:35 PM
Over the last 50 yrs, Republican presidents have been in power for 28 yrs vs 22 yrs for dems. Over the last 30 yrs, Republican presidents have been in office for 18 vs 12 for dems. How has the middle class fared over those last 30 yrs? Over the last 12 yrs, Republican presidents have been in office for 8 vs 4 for dems. Who gets the majority of blame for all the disasters which have occurred over the last 12 yrs?

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...