Skip to comments.Romney Gets a Much-needed Boost in Florida and Virginia
Posted on 10/06/2012 3:01:10 PM PDT by Signalman
No question about it: Mitt Romney struck gold with his commanding performance in Wednesdays first presidential debate. The Rasmussen polling firm reported Friday the results of new polls in the crucial swing states of Florida and Virginia, and in each of them Romney got a boost.
Romney now leads by 49 percent to 47 percent in Florida, while in the previous Florida poll, taken slightly more than three weeks earlier, it was Obama who led by 2 percentage points. In Virginia, Romney leads by one point, 49 to 48, while in the previous poll, also taken a bit more than three weeks ago, President Obama had led by one point.
In neither state does the total for the two major-party candidates add up to 100 percent. That is because a small number of voters remain undecided, or plan to vote for splinter-party candidates.
Todays news was not entirely cheery for Romney. In Ohio, where Obama led by 47 to 46 three weeks ago, he still leads by one point 50 to 49. The remaining 1 percent say they are voting for splinter candidates. I have written before that the presence of splinter candidates on the ballot could doom Romneys candidacy, and it might be specifically in Ohio where this happens.
Ohio hasnt cast its electoral votes for the losing candidate in a presidential election since it choose Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy in 1960. It is a populous state, with 18 electoral votes the seventh highest total in the nation.
Without Ohio, Romney almost certainly will lose, and if I were in his shoes I would be hanging out there practically the entire month of October. On a personal note, I was born in Ohio, and I sure wish I lived there now.
In addition to Ohio, the states that appear to have this years election in their hands include Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina and, as I have already mentioned, Florida and Virginia. All of them are states that Obama won in 2008 against GOP candidate John McCain, but where he got less than 55 percent of the major-party vote.
There are eight swing states in all, and together they boast a total of 105 electoral votes. In 2008 McCain won states that now hold a total of 180 electoral votes, and either candidate needs 270 to win the election, or 269 to tie.
So lets assume that Romney wont lose any states that McCain won. Then he must pick up 90 or more out of the 105 electoral votes that appear to be up for grabs. There are various combinations of victories and losses that would allow him to do that, but none of them include losing Ohio. It is a must state, and so, for that matter, is Florida, with 29 electoral votes.
But if Wednesdays debate teaches us anything, it is that it aint over till its over. A couple more lopsided debating victories could put Mitt comfortably over the top. I dont know how much the vice presidential debate will count among voters, but I am going to assume that the brilliant Paul Ryan, the GOP VP candidate, will trump goofy Joe Biden and his silly slogans.
Looks like a turnout election. Thats why the debate was so critical...there are lots of disenchanted Dems, especially that’s left of the Reagan Democrats.
This analysis makes the flawed assumption that Zero will hold all his states from 2008.
No, check that...it is missing competitive states like Wisconsin, Nevada, New Mexico, and possibly Pennsylvania.
Lot of Dems will stay home. Obamanomics hit them hardest.
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. . and Obama’s been thinking of tons of things he shoulda retorted to Romney; if he coulda got his foot out of his mouth in time. Ever since, he’s been bounding onstage for his rallies, retorting a mile a minute; counting on his sycophant media to belatedly transmit his belated and tardy retorts. Bwa.ha.ha.ha.ha.ha.ha . . !!! TARDY RETORTS! His new nickname.
The poll numbers we see now are the true ones that the polling companies are forced to acknowledge since the election is getting close, and they are using the debate as cover for their false earlier polls.
Indiana holds the election in it’s hands? If so, this is over and R&R have won in a landslide.
I have relatives in Ohio who have been life-long Democrats. If they are any indication, the polls in Ohio aren’t telling the right story.