I don't agree. Obama had far fewer votes this time than last, and his support was lukewarm at best.
But once again, the Republican challenger refused to take off the ****ing gloves and FIGHT. And conservatives stayed home, many because they didn't care, many because they hate Mormons (unfortunately, there is some limited validity to the notion of right-wing bigotry - it's just the Left is worse).
Reagan excited people. He had excited people in '76 when he mounted a stiff challenge to Ford in the GOP primary. He had ideas. He had leadership.
I was very high on Mitt, but he did NOT have the ability to energize rank and file - the people who shrugged and stayed home. And many actually bought the Dems' "Romney's rich, that's evil" negative