Reminder: Four States and 407,000 Votes

Amidst all the talk about what the GOP needs to be able to do to win another election, Jim Geraghty reminds us just how close Mitt Romney came to being President:

THE CAMPAIGN SPOT – Jim Geraghty: On Wednesday, I added up Obama’s margin in a few key states, to get a sense of just how agonizingly short the Romney campaign finished from 270 electoral votes.

Some of those straggling precincts have reported, and so here is an updated set of numbers, according to the results this morning on the New York Times’ results map:

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 electoral votes. . . .Read More

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