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State percentage breakdowns.

Can we learn something from this?

My biggest concern is, if maybe there needs to be a re-evaluation into how the electoral college is played out.  It doesn’t seem like representative government this way.  Should they be doled out by congressional districts like Nebraska and Maine do?  Or should we do it by percentage of the vote in the state?   Because this election is a lot closer than the electoral college shows.  Normal people look at that (read low-information voters) and think: “WOW, Obama won by a LOT more than Romney.  Yeah, us democrats”.  Wouldn’t it be better if they could see that it wasn’t really a win by as much as they think?  

I don’t know, maybe I’m just venting and none of this means anything.  Maybe no one will even see this.

 

# = Only 3 states and DC where every county carried Democrat
* = Only 3 states where every county carried Republican
? = 11 states where we were within 5% points of winning
Other than D.C., below observations are made with states at end of
 spectrum that are within 5% of the extreme:
By percentage, D.C. Hawaii and Vermont are the bluest places to live
By percentage, Utah and Wyoming and Oklahoma are the reddest places to live
State and Votes % Democrat Obama % Republican Romney
Alabama (9) 38 793,620 61 1,252,453
Alaska (3) 42 91,696 55 121,234
Arizona (11) 44 740,940 55 930,488
Arkansas (6) 37 390,339 61 640,273
California (55) 59 5,573,450 39 3,635,571
Colorado (9) ? 51 1,238,490 47 1,125,391
Connecticut (7) 58 874,183 41 615,620
Delaware (3) 59 242,547 40 165,476
Florida (29) ? 50 4,143,364 49 4,096,351
Georgia (16) 45 1,761,761 53 2,070,221
Hawaii (4) 71 303,090 28 119,494
Idaho (4) 33 212,560 65 420,750
Illinois (20) 57 2,916,811 41 2,090,116
Indiana (11) 44 1,136,196 54 1,409,124
Iowa (6) ? 52 816,429 46 727,928
Kansas (6) 38 427,918 60 678,719
Kentucky (8) 38 679,443 61 1,087,098
Louisiana (8) 40 781,733 59 1,149,054
Maine (4) 56 376,200 41 274,601
Maryland (10) 62 1,527,686 37 904,970
Massachusetts (11) # 61 1,900,575 38 1,177,370
Michigan (16) ? 54 2,490,290 45 2,097,107
Minnesota (10) ? 53 1,542,010 45 1,320,043
Mississippi (6) 44 523,842 55 666,150
Missouri (10) 44 1,215,031 54 1,478,961
Montana (3) 42 200,490 55 264,973
Nebraska (5) 38 289,154 61 462,972
Nevada (6) ? 52 528,801 46 462,422
New Hampshire (4) ? 52 366,089 46 325,668
New Jersey (14) 58 1,924,329 41 1,361,154
New Mexico (5) 53 407,867 43 331,645
New York (29) 63 3,863,345 36 2,212,873
North Carolina (15) 48 2,178,388 51 2,275,853
North Dakota (3) 39 124,490 59 187,586
Ohio (18) ? 50 2,686,609 48 2,586,467
Oklahoma (7)* 33 442,647 67 889,372
Oregon (7) 54 865,082 43 696,006
Pennsylvania (20) ? 53 2,907,448 47 2,619,583
Rhode Island (4) # 63 263,472 35 147,091
South Carolina (9) 44 845,756 55 1,049,507
South Dakota (3) 40 144,983 58 210,539
Tennessee (11) 39 953,043 59 1,453,097
Texas (38) 41 3,294,440 57 4,555,799
Utah (6)* 25 229,463 73 671,747
Vermont (3) # 67 199,815 31 92,985
Virginia (13) ? 51 1,885,188 48 1,772,304
Washington (12) 55 1,187,256 43 916,527
Washington D.C. (3) # 91 222,332 7 17,337
West Virginia (5)* 36 234,925 62 412,406
Wisconsin (10) ? 53 1,613,950 46 1,408,745
Wyoming (3) 28 68,780 69 170,265

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