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3 Million Fewer Votes Than 2008…

Just think about that for a moment. Mitt Romney received 3 million fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008. I cannot fathom this.

For everything that was on the line this election, there were GOP voters who did not vote. They did not vote for Barack Obama, who received 10 million less votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. There are not 3 million people in the military who had their absentee ballots lost. There are not 3 million ballots lost in downtown Philadelphia and other cities (I think).

Where were you? What motivation did you need to show up? What could have possibly forced you to vote?

You are the reason Romney lost. Whether it was the economy, the “War on Women”, the binders of women, the banning of contraception, whatever.

I just hope it’s not religious bigotry. Because then we would be on a WHOLE different level of WTF.

EDIT:

Seems that the explanation might be simpler than I thought. Between now and Thanksgiving, the votes will continue to be counted: Hot Air: Looking at the National Exit Poll

They’re out there, they just haven’t been counted yet, says John Podhoretz:

As I write, Mitt Romney has 57.4 million votes. John McCain ended up with 59.9 million. It’s a little noticed fact that in two weeks following every presidential election, votes continue to be reported…by the millions. As I recall, Barack Obama got something like four million more votes in the weeks after election day, while John McCain got two or three million. It’s likely that by Thanksgiving, the final vote tally will show Romney very close to or even slightly exceeding McCain’s total.

Update: Google Docs spreadsheet of current vote totals

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  1. MJ
    November 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hey Jay,

    I know a few evangelicals that had a very hard time voting for Romney. I was thinking they’d show up in big numbers, but they’ve either decided that democrats are caring, and want to emulate that, or decided to stay home. Either way they are the minority of the party and should be relegated to a role as such. No more social issues, no more ‘compassion.’

    • November 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

      I agree totally MJ. I can’t see how we can support that and win elections now.

      Then again, it’s gonna split the GOP. Social Conservatives will leave if that plank isn’t in the platform.

      What a mess.

  2. November 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

    If indeed religious bigotry played a role, then those who let themselves be fooled by vicious lies let a Muslim sympathizer win, making them the biggest hypocrites of all.

  3. November 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I don’t believe it was religious bigotry. Heck, even Billy Graham endorsed him. Romney’s deficit, compared to McCain, was character. He didn’t appear to be trustworthy. McCain’s a genuine American hero. By comparison, Romney’s only a captain of finance, a symbol of greed more than service and self-sacrifice, even though he’s a generous person in his private life. He wasn’t the best the GOP had to offer. He was more the “oh well” default candidate, and then picking Ryan (factually-challenged) made it worse. There’s been a lot written about enthusiasm. I think Obama won because Romney could not generate as much enthusiasm.

    • November 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

      I’m hoping it’s not religious bigotry. As far as McCain being a better candidate, I would have to disagree. I thought Romney was better than McCain in 08, and think so now. Only Palin brought out the support that McCain enjoyed, not John himself.

      I like Ryan, and think he has good ideas. I’m not sure about the factually challenged label, as we are about to find out about, in the coming 2nd term. But he wasn’t the WOW candidate, that’s for sure.

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