In response to:

The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

Selfmade707 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:37 PM
I'm all for that. When do we start?
mary anne24 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:52 PM
OK if they get 25,000 signatures - nothing is going to happen.,..I mean can anyone just start a petition?
Par4theDay Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:43 PM
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefully-grant-state-louisiana-withdraw-united-states-america-and-create-its-own-new-government/1wrvtngl

http://kfyo.com/should-texas-secede-poll/
Ernest fm AR Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:41 PM
Self, it's already begun. 20 states have started petitions to secede from the US. All they need is 25,000 signatures and it will have to be considered by Congress and the President, according to present-day law.

Should one state suceed in seceding, I hope they're prepared for the rush of citizens going to a free country once more!

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...