Skip to comments.Where Did the Voters Go? Nowhere.
Posted on 11/08/2012 7:25:35 PM PST by cdchik123
As the national vote total began to solidify last night, one question on the minds of Republicans was: Where are the missing voters? Last night it looked like Mitt Romney had received something like 10 to 15 percent fewer votes than John McCain had in 2008, even though his percentage of the overall vote was at least two points higher. What did this mean? Where did the voters go? They didnt go to Barack Obama, because exit polls suggested he had basically turned out the same demographic support he had four years ago. So where are they? Did this suggest a significant element of the GOP base had stayed home? Perhaps evangelical voters quietly refusing to cast a ballot for a Mormon? Populist voters disgusted by the 47 percent tape?
As I write, Mitt Romney has 57.4 million votes. John McCain ended up with 59.9 million. Its a little noticed fact that in two weeks following every presidential election, votes continue to be reported by the millions. As I recall, Barack Obama got something like four million more votes in the weeks after election day, while John McCain got two or three million. Its likely that by Thanksgiving, the final vote tally will show Romney very close to or even slightly exceeding McCains total.
So there are probably no missing voters. The idea offers a certain degree of cold comfort for conservatives and Republicans, because it would suggest the problem was with Romneys candidacy in particular and not with the movement or the party. But its false, and they will not be spared the reckoning about the partys future.
Rush talked about this a lot today when Podhoertz has a point here. OH provisionals dont get counted for 10 days. Not very cutting edge Rush :(
What about the electronic votes that were switched mid-stream from Romney to 0bama?
This is true. The totals will be updating for weeks. Romney’s at 58.13 million right now.McCain ended up with 59.95 million.
It is Obama’s votes that disappeared. probably around 5 million of them.
Mandate?! Give me a f**kin break!
No, conservatives refusing to vote for another big government liberal masquerading as a Republican.
The question, Where are the missing votes? is the wrong question. It should be, Where are the missing votes?
Paultards and Nootards.
It’s not about how people voted, it’s ALL about how the votes are counted........
If this is true, then an explanation is needed as to how Romney turned out his base, won the independents, yet still lost; managing to do so as Obama saw millions of losses from 2008. Party I.D. doesn’t account for it. There aren’t enough Democrats to do that. I’m thinking Republicans stayed home until somebody comes up with a better explanation. It’s not like McCain really got out the vote either.
"To: cripplecreek It's still a race to the bottom for these two. No reason why somebody who'd dump Obama would turn around and vote for Rombama. I see an historic low in voter turnout this November. 17 posted on May 26, 2012 8:25:28 AM EDT by muawiyah" or
" To: rogue yam You are one of those who rejected the idea that we could discuss the campaign using facts and figures. Something about that just gives the Democrats ideas or something. You'll have to do better than that. In the meantime, if Republicans do as well as they did in the last two Presidential races we are short 10 million votes of beating Obama. He's plush. Not only that, the people on his team who are disappointed in him say they won't vote for him, but they're not saying they'll vote for a Republican. That is very serious. What's going on here is the GOP-e has known for four years that our Presidential vote totals have been declining and that Obama broke all records. If he does as well, we lose. He has to lose 15% of his last vote total to get down in the territory where Republican votes are located. The only way to overcome that is to have a really bright, sparkling, charismatic candidate who attracts people. Just "thinking hard" at a problem isn't going to elicit a positive response out of the crowd who voted for Obama the first time. Again, with a 15% loss in votes Obama still beats our guy. If you really cared about winning the election you'd come up with something. BTW, the shadow of the Spring non-Primary in Virginia continues. We had exceeding light turnout yesterday and there were 5 contested House seats and a Senate seat at stake. Ordinarily you'd get folks out ~ this time they got what seems to be the same old same old. Keep that up and this Fall Republicans will lose everything in Virginia. Tell your little buddy over there who works for Bolling on these matters that it is dangerous to discourage voting. People will make it a habit! 44 posted on 06/13/2012 6:49:38 PM PDT by muawiyah " OR
This is an old issue that was suppressed for the sake of FREEPER comity during the body of the formal campaign ~ lest I somehow hurt Romney more than several other disasters had already done.
Failure to encourage Republicans to vote lost Virginia for him ~ he did that! Someone's going to remind me Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling did that, but it was Romney. He had but to say "Hey, open up the Virginia primary to everybody or I"m not going there either' and that'd been it. Even make him a popular guy!
Failure to get more people registered who were willing to vote Republican hurt everywhere. We were short on voter registration drives.
Finally, Obama lost 9 million votes he'd had before! He literally fell on his sword to give this election to Romney ~ and still Romney didn't do as well as McCain ~ which wasn't the first time Romney didn't poll as well as McCain.
Romney’s Mormonism was definitely a strike against him. I certainly considered it a negative. His liberalism was several more strikes. I didn’t stay home though. I wanted my third party vote counted as the dissatisfaction with the two candidates that it was.
“No, conservatives refusing to vote for another big government liberal masquerading as a Republican.”
No, it was also conservative evangelicals that wouldn’t support a cult devotee that would use the Oval Office to preach Mormonisn. Also, as you say, Romney was never remotely a conservative.
BTW - I now have to live with the shame that I caved my principle at the last minute and voted for Romney. I am ashamed I did so.
US Constitution, Article VI: “... no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
“No, it was also conservative evangelicals that wouldnt support a cult devotee that would use the Oval Office to preach Mormonisn. “
Well, now they can pay for Sandra Fluke’s abortions.
Did your hissy fit result in the election outcome you wanted?
That clause allowed non-Quakers to run for federal office in Pennsylvania. It’s not a prohibition on private individuals making such decisions.
Fluke’s a dude.