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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

Par4theDay Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:34 PM
Reagan raised taxes after getting an agreement form the treacherous dems to cut spending. Reagan okayed higher taxes and as usual the dems renigged. That you moron is how that happened. Reagan never again raised taxes you stupid mf'er!

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...