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November 18, 2012

Your View: A simple reason for Romney's loss

Without going into a lengthy, tortured analysis of the 2012 presidential election results, and being critical of President Obama and those who voted for him, just some brief passing thoughts.

Mitt Romney won only about 38 percent of the Electoral College vote. Less than 350,000 votes in a few key swing states seem to explain the reason for his landslide Electoral College loss. Romney lost the popular vote 48 percent-50.5 percent, which I do not consider a landslide loss.

My quick study of some voter demographics show Romney received votes from 56.6 percent of marrieds, 54.8 percent of homeowners, and 50.5 percent of men.

Using some Occam’s Razor philosophy (one should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities to explain anything) my answer to why Romney lost the popular vote is simple – comparatively speaking there just are not enough of us anymore.

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