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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

pgaruccio Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 1:46 PM
That's a very simplistic way of looking at the election. Concurrently, if you gave Obama an extra 400,000 votes he would've won Georgia and North Carolina. By the way, despite a larger population, Romney won Georgia by fewer votes than Obama won Wisconsin. One was a contested state down to the wire (and home to the VP nominee) and one wasn't even on the radar.

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...