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It Wasn't A Tie

Category: Barack Obama
Posted: 11/24/12 15:10

by Dave Mindeman

It wasn't a "tie".

I think it's time we dispensed with this...the election was a tie theory. We heard it so often from pundits and pollsters prior to election day, that we have assumed it is true. But the facts tell us otherwise.

As the numbers slowly trickled in, Obama ended up with about 62.6 million votes. Romney had just over 59.1 million. 50.8 - 47.8. A full 3% margin. Maybe that doesn't sound like much but take a look at the 2004 Bush victory....

Bush had just over 62 million votes, while Kerry had just over 59 million. The margin was 50.7 to 48.3 or 2.4%. Republicans didn't consider that a "squeaker"....in fact Bush said he earned "capital" from that win.

The fact is that the 2004 election is the only election where a Republican nominee won the popular vote since 1988 (Bush's father). Gore won the popular vote in 2000.

So, let's forget about calling it even.

It wasn't.
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