13 million fewer people voted in 2012 than in 2008
Here’s something very strange, which a reader pointed out. According to Wikipedia, Obama received 60,048,411 votes (50.3 percent) and Romney received 57,368,285 votes (48.1 percent).
Yet in 2008, Obama got 69,456,897 votes (52.9 percent) and McCain got 59,934,814 (45.7 percent).
How is it possible, with the U.S. population constantly increasing, mainly due to immigration, that almost 130 million people voted in 2008, and only 117 million voted in 2012?
Dave T. writes:
Those are great questions. According to the political operatives, the Bush-McCain base enthusiastically showed up for Romney, and I believe it. But then why the decrease in votes? Is the difference older voters who have since died and been replaced by younger votes who went for Obama? That seems unlikely, but I can’t think of anything else right now.James P. writes:
Note that 9.4 million of the 13 million votes “lost” were Democrats and 2.5 million were Republicans. You would think a candidate who lost so many supporters since the previous election would lose the election. I am surprised that so many Republican votes were lost, since I thought Romney was a much stronger candidate than McCain. Evidently a lot of Republicans took the view, “I’m staying home until they nominate a perfect candidate” or “the worse, the better.”Ed H. writes:
I think your question “how is it possible that fewer people voted in 2012 than 2008?” is answered in the post below it by Hannon. The tyranny of liberalism works by taking huge chunks of thought out of the reach of debate, or even conscious awareness.LA replies:
See also Ed H.’s comment yesterday on James Kalb’s The Tyranny of Liberalism.Ken H. writes:
The vote count is just the number that have been reported so far.Andrew B. writes:
Lots of votes are still being counted in California, Washington, Oregon, New York, and other populous states. If you go by the reporting percentages posted online, the amount outstanding is well over seven million and probably much more.Rhona N. writes:
I did a brief analysis of six very blue large states. Aside from California, where Obama lost two million votes, the popular vote for Obama was down in 2012 compared to 2000. He even received fewer votes in Ohio. Apart from what the media says, was the ground game so great for him? But Romney did even worse considering he had to match or slightly exceed what McCain received, who seemed to be an unpopular candidate.James P. writes:
It does not make any sense to me that Romney got fewer votes than McCain. Around here in Northern Virginia, people were MUCH more fired up to vote for Romney than McCain. I think the decrease in votes is attributable to fraud. And yes, I know it does no good to “whine” about this because the media will only accuse us of being sore losers and Romney has conceded anyway.
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