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The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

walls1 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:30 PM
The article states Obama is the first president in US history to win re-election despite (a) winning fewer electoral votes, (b) a diminished popular vote total, and (c) a lower aggregate vote nationwide. I'll add (d) first president born in Kenya.
DCM in FL Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:31 PM
I think there's enough real stuff against him without anyone having to insist on your questionable (d) point.
Don5986 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 3:11 PM
not a questionable point -- it is fact he is not an American

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...