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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

Ronald484 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 4:19 PM
The tax cuts were passed when Reagan went to the American people. It was the people who demanded that Reagan's tax reforms be passed and the Democrats were too afraid to buck them. Revenue went up because of the increased income (growth) that occurred due to the lower tax rates. Yes, Reagan had veto power, but the Democrats included the spending in huge all-encompassing omnibus appropriations bills so that Reagan could not veto the spending without shutting down the government. That is what the Democrats wanted so that they, with their media allies, could blame him for a shutdown.

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...