Obama Wins New Hampshire; Romney Needs to Run Table

The networks are calling New Hampshire and its four electors for President Obama. That’s crucial because even if Romney were to win Florida, Virginia, and Ohio, he would only reach 266 Electoral votes. New Hampshire was one of the semi-plausible paths to 270. The only remaining path with even the shred of plausibility, then, is Florida, Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado. It’s more likely that Obama takes all four than that Romney does.

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  1. mattb says:

    But… but… unskewed polls?!!!

    Ummm… excitement?!!!

    Ummm… oversampling Democrats?!!!

    Ummm… lots of people showing up at Romney rallies over this last week?!!!

    (God… if anything goes wrong, I apologize to Barack Obama, as the karma from snark filled post probably cost him the race).

  2. JKB says:

    Well, it isn’t over but it doesn’t look hopeful. I guess there is no hope for change. Barring a big surprise it appears people have voted for free stuff instead of free enterprise.

    Those who went for Obama will have to answer to their children. David Mamet asked the questions on Nov 1 that will haunt some. I’ve no children so the far future is of less concern, although I’ve nothing to justify in my choice.

    Irrespective of your endorsement of liberal sentiments, of fairness and “more equal distribution,” will you explain to your children that top-down economic policies will increasingly limit their ability to find challenging and well-paid work, and that the diminution in employment and income will decrease their opportunity to marry and raise children?

  3. Just Me says:

    I was pretty sure NH would go for Romney, but then my area of NH is the only area that is currently voting for Romney.

    That said, I am pretty sure Romney is not going to run the table.

    Looks like this vote was for the status quo-4 more years of Obama, and no party change in house or senate.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    Barring a big surprise it appears people have voted for free stuff instead of free enterprise.

    Ahhh…let the whining commence!

  5. JKB says:

    @An Interested Party:

    You somehow believe my statement is untrue?

  6. David M says:

    How is purchasing health insurance getting free stuff?