More than five weeks after election day, almost all the presidential
votes have been counted. Here’s what the near-final tally reveals:
The election really wasn’t close.
On election night, President Obama's victory margin seemed fairly narrow – just slightly more than 2 percentage points. White House aides anxiously waited to see if Obama would surpass the 2.46-percentage-point margin by which President George W. Bush defeated Sen. John F. Kerry in 2004.
They needn’t have worried. In the weeks since the election, as states have completed their counts, Obama’s margin has grown steadily. From just over 2 percentage points, it now stands at nearly 4. Rather than worry about the Bush-Kerry precedent, White House aides now brag that Obama seems all but certain to achieve a mark hit by only five others in U.S. history – winning the presidency twice with 51% or more of the popular vote.
In an election that wasn't even close, with Obama winning by almost four percentage points, Romney and a majority of the Republicans were fairly certain they were going to win. But, of course rather than man up and admit they have trouble with reality, many are certain somehow the Democrats stole the election. Ha!