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

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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