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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

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.

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...