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For Obama, a Bigger Win Than for Kennedy, Nixon, Carter or Bush #ObamaMandate

November 07, 2012 at 7:15 pm by: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Voting Rights

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From The Nation:

It wasn’t even close. That’s the unexpected result of the November 6 election. And President Obama and his supporters must wrap their heads around this new reality—just as their Republican rivals are going to have to adjust to it.

After a very long, very hard campaign that began the night of the 2010 “Republican wave” election, a campaign defined by unprecedented spending and take-no-prisoners debate strategies, Barack Obama was re-elected president. And he did so with an ease that allowed him to claim what even his supporters dared not imagine until a little after 11 pm on the night of his last election: a credible, national win.

Obama’s win was bigger than John Kennedy’s in 1960 (303 electoral votes, popular vote margin of 112,827), bigger than Richard Nixon’s in 1968 (301 electoral votes, popular vote plurlaity of 512,000), bigger than Jimmy Carter’s in 1976 (297 electoral votes, popular vote margin of 1,683,247), bigger than George W. Bush’s in 2000 (271 electoral votes and a popular vote loss of 543,816).

Significantly, Rove’s man, George W. Bush won his 2004 re-election run with just 286 electoral votes, and faced serious challenges to the result in the state that put him across the 270 line: Ohio.

Never mind, Bush claimed a broad mandate.

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KayWhitlock
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Yes, Obama will get Florida - knock wood without the recount. 

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Florida will go Obama too - still counting absentee in Miami-Dade and Pinellas, Big Dem territory

 

(who the hell has 10 page ballots?? no wonder they were inline for 9 hours!)

 

I do believe it will be outside the margin that triggers automatic recount -- 332!