I pointed out beginning the day after the election but very directly last Thursday that it was not so much the people who voted for Obama who beat Romney, but the people who didn't vote at all. In fact, Romney was sent to the showers by the Republican base itself, too many of whom just didn't go to the polls.
Now Jim Geraghty shows that despite the multi-million vote diff between Obama and Romney, Romney was just 407,000 Votes in Four States Away from the Presidency:
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.A lot of commentators, including me, have written about how near-insurmountably difficult it will be for the Republican Party to make significant (election-affecting) inroads into the Democrat voting blocs. Now, though, what else is there to conclude but that the Republicans are not making election-affecting inroads into their own base?
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: 73,858Those 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.
Update: On the other hand, there's this: "In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes." But nothing to see here, move along.