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Republicans & the 2016 Electoral College Map

Democrats learned from the 2000 presidential election, when Al “The Lorax” Gore won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College and consequently the White House to George “Dubya” Bush.

Democrats learned the lesson they should have learned, and charted a course for crushing Electoral College victories in ’08 & ’12.

President Obama only won 52.93% of the popular vote in ’08, but cruised to victory with a very blue Electoral College map and 67.8% of EC votes!

He won re-election in 2012 with an even slimmer 51.06% of the popular vote and a still strong 61.7% of the Electoral College votes.

Democrats could have lost the popular vote by a decent chunk and still won the White House in both Obama elections due to their understanding of the map and their success in states they needed to swing.

Will Republicans learn the same lesson that 2000 taught the Democrats about the importance of the Electoral College?

2014 was a crushing GOP victory, but so was 2010. We know what happened in 2012 when many Republicans thought we would take the White House like we took the people’s House two years prior.

Shame on us if we let that happen again in 2016, but if we don’t understand the EC map it likely will.

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November 20, 2014 - Posted by | politics |

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