Melanie Morgan

Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

The Myth of the Missing Republicans


A  score of people this past week have asked me about the three million Republicans  allegedly "missing" at the polls this year.  For starters, if the Washington  Post is to be believed, Mitt Romney received 1.3 million fewer votes  than John McCain did in 2008, not 3 million.  For the record, Obama received 7.5 million fewer votes in 2012 than  he did in 2008.

More  than 1.1 million of the Republican votes were "lost" in California.  It is  not that California Republicans turned against Romney.  His percentage of  the vote was higher than McCain's in 2008.  It is just they know their  votes were in vain in that increasingly absurd state.  The same is likely  true in New York State where Romney fell  more than a half-million votes short of McCain's totals.  Excluding these two states, Romney received  300,000 more votes than McCain.

That  much said, the results in several states do raise eyebrows, most notably Ohio  and Pennsylvania.  Romney received nearly 100,000 fewer votes than McCain  in the former and 35,000 fewer votes in the latter.  In all the other  battleground states, Romney improved both on McCain's raw numbers and his  percentage of the vote.  This includes Florida despite the fact that every  vote south of Palm Bay down Florida's I-95 corridor is  suspect.

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