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The 2012 election was vindication in many ways for the Democratic President Barack Obama, and Republicans have been sent into a state of despair over the changing direction of the country towards statist collectivism. Although Republicans disappointed by the election results have wrung their hands over demographic shifts and the supposedly insurmountable obstacle of government “gifts”to Democratic constituents, the GOP candidate Mitt Romney actually outperformed 2008 candidate John McCain in many ways.

This is hollow solace for those who thought from reading certain polls that a Romney victory was in the cards. But consider that although Mitt Romney’s Get-Out-the-Vote software failed, he still fell short by only 334,000 votes in the key battleground states of Florida, Virgina, Ohio, and New Hampshire. Of the total number who voted, some slightly more than 118 million voters, this vote margin in the swing states represents .28% of the total electorate.

That’s as close to a 50-50 proposition, to use Bill Whittle’s phrase, as you get (even accounting for Obama’s 332-206 electoral college victory). Now, let’s consider the extremely high vote totals in minority-populated urban areas of Ohio and Pennsylvania, where Republicans apparently didn’t even bother to make an argument. In 44 districts in Ohio, President Obama’s vote totals were upwards of 99% at 14,686 to 23 (not enough to turn the election) and in 59 districts in Pennsylvania Romney received exactly zero votes — a feat that would make a North Korean despot proud.

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