Who will win elections?

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Wow! Tim Kaine just held his spot in VA. Looks like NC is in Romney's bag, but VA is going to be close.
 
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CNN just called it for Obama (on the heels of OH).
 
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Obama called as winner!!!!! WOOT!!!!!!
 
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Obama has been trailing about 1 million behind in the national vote according to politico.
 
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well i will like it if mr obama wins, but i wish we had a popular vote to decide elections. if we did, then mr bush (w) would not have won and we would be so much better off overall as a country and a planet. we are just playing catchup from the devastation of the idiotic bush years still.

please forgive me my republican colleagues, i know you are sad tonight.
 
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Obama has been trailing about 1 million behind in the national vote according to politico.
Not anymore. More votes keep being added for obama, it's down to less than 200k now, Obama might win both popular and electoral.
 
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Yeah, after watching it stay 1 mil behind for what seemed like forever, I made that post and immediately the gap started closing. Blue state must have finished up.
 
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Yeah, after watching it stay 1 mil behind for what seemed like forever, I made that post and immediately the gap started closing. Blue state must have finished up.
Also, CA is only reporting at about 25% so far.
 
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i wonder if there is a connection between the fact that more educated people tend to vote democratic, and the fact that republicans tend to reduce funding for education?
 
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i wonder if there is a connection between the fact that more educated people tend to vote democratic, and the fact that republicans tend to reduce funding for education?
I was just looking at population density. People in highly populous areas tend to vote democrat, people in low population density areas tend to vote republican. It makes sense, intuitively, that people in dense cities would care more about social reform.

Densely populated places also happen to have more educational institutions (or at least a larger population in educational institutions).
 
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Also, CA is only reporting at about 25% so far.
ahh, I didn't catch that. That will probably put Obama in the lead for national vote.
 
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yeah CNN is already showing Obama taking the lead in the popular vote, by just a hair currently
 
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yeah CNN is already showing Obama taking the lead in the popular vote, by just a hair currently
And that's with the west coast still largely uncounted.
 
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lazy hippies
 
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Final numbers (with nearly 99% reporting):

Popular vote = Obama 50.2%, Romney 48.3%
Electoral vote = Obama 332, Romney 206 (assuming Obama's 46,000-vote lead in FL is sufficient)

I believe Nate Silver (538 blog) came closest, calling for a 2.5% popular vote margin and being one of the few (only?) big pollsters predicting a finish with over 303 EVs for Obama.

And Dick Morris yet again proves he's not got a clue.
 
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Every single person that said they would vote for Romney in the other thread predicted a Romney win in this one (ignoring the few that did not participate in both polls). Yet, there is not a single pollster I've seen (not even Rassmussen), that predicted a Romney win anytime in the last couple of weeks. Seems to suggest that Romney supporters were projecting their desires rather than reflecting the reality of the polls. Or maybe you believed all these polls had a consistently liberal bias? Even people that have in the past extolled the ability of Intrade to accurately pick winners with its late numbers seemed quite happy to ignore it. I don't get it. Do you folks have an explanation?
 
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I'm struck by the comparison of these two maps:
Pre-election Polling Results
Election Results
The only difference is in Florida, which was a very close race.
Yes, the big surprise, relative to what was regarded (by betting agencies and so on) as "most likely" (300-310) range is the loss of Florida for Romney.
I thought Silver was overly optimistic with his 328(?) for Obama, but even he underestimated the actual number of EVs Obama got.
 

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