From Eric Holmes of the American Thinker:
Looking closely at the county-by-county voting result map, however, reveals that Gov. Romney’s message and his target demographic could have worked. It was only in a handful of specific counties that the execution of promoting that message did not break through.
Nationwide, Gov. Romney appealed to middle-class Christian families who live in either rural or suburban areas. Geographically, he did well in the South and the Midwest and less well on the West Coast, in the Rust Belt, and in the Northeast. With this group of voters he could have won the election — if not for some specific areas where the demographics favored Gov. Romney, yet the voting was strangely inconsistent.
Obviously, Romney would have won had he carried Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and either Colorado or Iowa.
A lot is being said about the Obama surge in Miami. Gov. Romney could have carried this state with a more balanced voting result in Broward or Orange County. Both of these are dominated by sprawling suburban neighborhoods of tree-lined streets and parents playing with their kids in parks. There is nothing urban about these. Yet Gov. Romney lost by 200,000 votes in Broward County neighborhoods, which look identical to neighborhoods across the country from which he won millions of votes. Same is true for Orange County (Orlando), where he lost by 120,000.
In Ohio, Gov. Romney did nicely in Cincinnati and Toledo. He was creamed in Cleveland. He was also demolished in Columbus, a non-industrial city in the heartland of the state. By national standards, though, he should have won enough votes in Columbus to win the state.
In Virginia, his demographic was in the north — Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax, and Arlington counties. Just a more realistic showing across these counties would have won Gov. Romney the state. He didn’t have to win — just turn the tide a bit.
MY COMMENT: How the heck did Romney even lose the CUBAN VOTE?
All the berating me about not voting for Romney is like water to a duck. I don't hear you.
Proven track record of anti-abortion, pro-2A, reducing government, no socialized medicine...
It's not difficult.
Romney lost the Cuban vote because he did not pick Rubio. Romney lost the election because he did not ice Rubio.
What the nation saw was two “white bread” politicians fitting the narrative of the Obama agenda. Romney selects Rubio and that all goes away. It gives Republicans diversity and it gives the perception if they won they would do something about amnesty. Romney picked Ryan to try to pick off Wisconsin as well as to give the conservatives red meat.
Red meat wasn’t the issue. Winning this election was the issue. And he lost. Badly.
Since I no longer believe what anyone in the media says, whether left or right wing, the only thing left to believe in is the Constitution.
It will only be when true conservatism gets to the forefront that we will take this country back. The Tea Party had it right. Unfortunately in the end, they did exactly what the Democrats expected of them. Fade into the background and let the establishment do its thing.
Because, in multiethnic societies, the blood is everything.
I am so glad Alan West is fighting! Voter fraud needs to be exposed. Who are the sheeple now?!
Maybe because the Cuban vote is no longer what you think it is.
We live in a very Cuban part of Miami (Little Havana). We can see the generation shifts pretty easily. The Cubans who came here after Castro took power are very conservative, but very old, and dying out. (Some may finally be hoping they can go home and visit the country in which they were born as well.) I suspect the support for Rubio has to do with the fact that he is Cuban more than any important politics.
They are also very oriented to the “old country” and language. (My neighbor across the street learned English because he had to for work, but his wife still does not speak English and does not drive a car (that is the husband’s job).)
Their children are quite different. They are quite a bit more liberal (remember, they have grown up in our public school system, not Cuba’s), including their Catholic religion (several are divorced, and I am pretty sure one has had an abortion).
They also put a pretty high value on education, and they have a lot of kids of their own. A number of my neighbors’ kids have become teachers. Our neighborhood still had about 10x more Romney signs than Obama signs (which of course raises the other issue of vote fraud, given the fiasco we had here), but I was surprised at the number of Obama signs I saw. Guess which houses had them? The houses where I knew at least one of their children was a teacher, or other public school employee.
Which brings us right back to the issue of voter turnout (or lack thereof).
My impression is that the Cubans who had the Obama signs out on their lawns were much more motivated to actually go and vote than were the Romney supporters who only sensed a vague connection with the candidate.
There’s a good chance that folks who stayed home went a “bridge too far” this time.
From here on out it’s a miracle if national elections are any different than a local Chicago election in which case they can all work their hearts out for a candidate and even each one vote twice but it won’t make a difference.
The fact is they’re playing Russian Roulette with their future and the future of the children but have convinced themselves they're standing on the moral high ground.
There are a whole bunch of Republican base voters that wont vote for a Mormon. Magic underwear? Really?
Few conservatives could trust him with his far left record in office in MA.
Queer marriage, abortion, and a rabid anti-gunner.
He invented Obamacare!
Gee, I wonder why the electorate couldn't get enthused about a candidate that promoted everything they hate the only time he held public office?