I’m in Northern Virginia and had to wait an hour to vote. I am in a Democrat leaning district and when I saw that line of human debris I just had the worst feeling we wouldn’t even be able to carry VA. And yep, it turned out exactly that way. The Democrats have an incredibly turnout machine and they got enough of their people out to win.
Though my neck of the woods is fairly wealthy and successful, there was a disproportionate number of poor, non English speaking, Hispanic women with babies hanging all over them. I knew none of them were voting for Romney - especially since they all had their Spanish langauge version of the Democrat sample ballot. They’ve learned enough about America to realize at the beginning of November you hit the polls and vote yourself some more freebies.
I believe that you are correct, but much of it was a combination of voting for Obama for racist reasons (because he was black, and "historic", and the huge advantage that the MSM gave him by being completely on his side.
Even with all that, he got far fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008, but it was enough because millions less voted for Romney than McCain. Much of that was voter suppression by the MSM as well, effectively selecting Romney by destroying his opposition, then demonizing him afterward.
I think that if the MSM had treated any one of a number of news items, such as the phoney "war on women", Fast and Furious, the black racisim in the DOJ, the Benghazi scandal, objectively or fairly, Obama would have lost. But the MSM had his back. They could not "let the first black president fail".