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The runaway defeat of the Romney-Ryan ticket in last week’s election is a gift that just keeps on giving.
First, there’s Romney’s attempt to explain their loss by Obama’s “gifts” to various groups in the electorate.
What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked.
And then there’s the news that Romney and Ryan [ht: ja]—who sought to connect with voters in small- and medium-sized towns across Ohio by repeatedly telling them how much their community had in common with his own hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin—received only 37 percent of the votes of Ryan’s hometown neighbors. Meanwhile, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden got 62 percent of the Janesville vote.
The results were even slightly worse for Ryan from his own polling place at the Hedberg Public Library. Out of 1,428 votes cast there, 65% went for Obama-Biden and just 34% for Romney-Ryan.
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The exit polls also reveal that Romney won a majority of white, male, conservative, married, Republican, suburban voters. So, as the editor of the Future of Capitalism concludes:
Mr. Romney is a 65-year-old who disclosed earning about $21 million a year, so at least he carried his own demographic groups.
*Note: the boxes are sized by the share of each state’s electorate.