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# By how many electoral votes did Mitt Romney lose to Barack Obama, and, if electoral votes had been split based on popular vote for each state, by what number of electoral votes would Romney have lost under this scenario?

Question #127775. Asked by RollTidewinner. (Nov 13 12 4:18 PM)

shorthumbz

Official accounts have Obama winning by 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206, although the Electoral College does not actually meet to cast votes until early December.

http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2012/results

Currently thr electoral votes for each state directly correlate not with its overall population, but with its congressional representation (the District of Columbia has three electoral votes but no official representation in congress); although the states of Nebraska and Maine award their electoral votes based partly on victory by congressional district.

However, for the sake of argument and going by the most current count of the popular vote with President Obama receiving 50.6% of the popular vote and Governor Romney receiving 47.8%; of the 538 electoral votes The President would have received 272 electoral votes and Governor Romney 257. Roughly 9 votes of portions thereof would have gone to the various other presidential candidates who together picked up the outstanding 1.6% of the popular vote. Whew!!

http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2012/results

 Nov 13 12, 5:39 PM
nautilator

Obama won 332-206. Had the vote been split by popular vote Obama would have gotten 538*0.506 = 272 votes, Romney 538*0.478 = 257.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2012

 Nov 13 12, 5:41 PM
Arpeggionist

That said, Romney didn't lose any votes to Obama (or anyone else), he failed to secure those votes for himself.

 Nov 19 12, 6:52 AM