Political Animal


November 08, 2012 4:18 PM Final Shoe Drops

By Ed Kilgore

Though for some reason television networks haven’t bestirred themselves to make it official, Mitt Romney’s Florida campaign operation has conceded that the president won Florida, with a majority of the ballots still out coming from Democratic strongholds, and provisional ballots also likely to tilt blue as well.

This gives Obama 332 electoral votes, just 33 less than he racked up in 2008, and 46 more than George W. Bush secured in his re-election in 2004, the year this one has been compared to most often. And it’s a well-deserved black eye for Gov. Rick Scott, whose party also lost its super-majority margins in both Houses of the state legislature.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Ashbee on November 08, 2012 4:25 PM:

    Wonder how long it's going to take Allen West to concede?

  • Equal Opportunity Cynic on November 08, 2012 4:30 PM:

    What's remarkable to me is that Obama could have lost both Florida and Ohio and still had 285 -- so he could have lost Iowa and Nevada as well and still won the election.

    But seriously, why don't Democrats prioritize fixing this system?

  • c u n d gulag on November 08, 2012 4:35 PM:

    Hopefully, in the next gubernatorial election, they'll be hanging Rick, instead of chad's.

  • Kathryn on November 08, 2012 4:39 PM:

    Yes, Mr. West sure is clinging to his governmemt job. These ex military officers just can't get enough stuff from the government, can they?

  • Steve on November 08, 2012 4:44 PM:

    What I really want, for no particular reason, is for Obama to exceed Bush's 2004 re-election margin of 3 million votes. Once California is done counting I'm pretty sure he will get there.

  • T2 on November 08, 2012 4:48 PM:

    So, Obama wins every single "must have" battleground state except NC. And far, far outpaces the GOP candidate in Electoral College votes, plus winning the popular vote.
    Obama wins states in the East, the North, the South and the West. And the Media called it "a dead heat" on the day before the election.
    I would say what we have here is a pretty good butt-kicking. Can you imagine how loud the Right would be screaming MANDATE if Romney had won in that fashion?

  • sjw on November 08, 2012 4:50 PM:

    Electoral blowout for the Dems.

    Republican Party blown to smithereens. (And they still don't get it!)

  • boatboy_srq on November 08, 2012 4:54 PM:

    @CUND - they have to find all the Horcruxes first...

  • LAC on November 08, 2012 5:22 PM:

    I hope Scott is enjoying his big plate of crow with a side of a bag of dicks. Asshat...

  • N.Wells on November 08, 2012 6:11 PM:

    The republicans are taking encouragement from the small change in the House, but a lot of that (as noted by others) seems to be the fruit of having gerrymandered the heck out of a bunch of states after the 2010 census and electoral sweep.

    If I heard today's news report correctly, John Husted (Ohio's despicable and shameless secretary of state) is proposing that Ohio should in future split its electoral votes according to the popular vote. I can't imagine why that suddenly seems like a good idea to him (/snark). I'd be in favor of Ohio signing on to the plan to switch to proportional voting once enough other states also agree to switch, but otherwise this just seems like his answer to staring down the barrel of a demographic gun that looks very unfriendly to Republicans.

  • Tom Q on November 08, 2012 6:26 PM:

    Here's how big a role gerrymandering played in the GOP's House showing: Dems apparently got MORE House votes nationwide. Sam Wang says only one other time since WWII has the House popular vote not matched the majority -- and here it's going to be off by about 36 seats (requiring 18 flipped to reverse).

  • arcadesproject on November 08, 2012 7:46 PM:

    The freaking state of Florida is a meance to the federal electoral process. If they cannot learn to count, and count in a timely manner, they should be decommissioned as a state.

    But we should keep the Keys.

  • Mark Gisleson on November 08, 2012 7:48 PM:

    And there's still a chance of AZ flipping thanks to the over 600,000 early and provisional ballots they're trying very hard not to count.

  • David Martin on November 09, 2012 12:00 AM:

    Allen West? He's challenging results in Palm Beach County and maybe St. Lucie County. His victorious opponent, Patrick Murphy, is asking for donations to fund his interests in the litigation.

    Rick Scott will continue to turn down federal funds for health care on a massive scale and will continue to refuse to let the state cooperate in expanding Medicaid to subsidize health insurance for 3 million or so low-income Floridians. He claims it's just a big waste of money that won't help those little people.

  • bluestatedon on November 09, 2012 3:58 AM:

    I think Governor Skeletor is a shoo-in to play the villain in the next Batman movie.

  • boatboy_srq on November 09, 2012 8:50 AM:

    @arcadesproject: To teach Florida to count, first they'll have to get higher than 48th place in education. Voldemort's announced focus on STEM degrees won't mean much unless K-12 can prepare the students for college entry, and FL has a miserable history of providing for that. There's a part of me that would be in favor of turning the FL education budget into scholarship funds for boarding schools - in other states.

  • yellowdog on November 09, 2012 10:38 AM:

    Serious congratulations to President Obama and his campaign team on this remarkable victory. It turned out to be a thumping. I particularly commend the president for bringing so many people into the political process--ordinary people who gave $20 or made phone calls or went to a local rally. There were lots of ads, of course, but the Obama strategy was built on a ground game that drew on real people--lots of them. All the phone calls and door-knocks represented ordinary people taking part in their democracy--even in the information age--and it was inspiring to see. I think that community-organizing experience paid off for the president.