Electoral Map: NY Times by NY Times
The New York Times declares Narrow Victory Includes Near Sweep of Swing States .
Narrow victory my foot. Why hasn't Florida been called for Obama yet? 100% of the vote is in. Any provisional and absentee ballots will likely favor Obama even more, turning a half percent win into a 1% win, and turning a 303 electoral delegate victory into a 332 delegate mandate (the 2008 mandate was 365 delegates). And what about the extra Democratic Senate victory in North Dakota of Heidi Heitkamp, turning a +3 (incl. 2 independents) victory into a +4 victory in the critical Senate?
The NYT, like most of the MSM, wants to make a contest where there wasn't one.
I'll see your Ralph Nader, and raise you a Gary Johnson
For 12 years now, progressives have had to live with "what could have been" from Ralph Nader's 1.635% showing in Florida having "tipped the balance" towards Bush, even though later analysis showed Nader might have taken as many votes from Bush as from Gore, and that when a final count was done, it showed Gore actually won the state. Well, never mind, because now the Republicans have their "Nader" moment, with the .5% showing of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. More than Nader, Johnson's showing comes directly from one party, in this case, the Republicans. .5% is currently the margin of victory of Obama over Romney in Florida. Sweet justice indeed.
From the record disenfranchisement of blacks in Florida -- 23% - due to felony charges at some point in their lives, to Rick Scott's shortening of early voting, it's clearly a war on likely Democratic voters. Despite this, people waited for hours in long lines to vote, creating what looks to be a narrow victory for Obama there.
On top of that, a number of Tea Party favorites got tossed out, and several progressive measures - legalizing Marijuana, Gay Marriage, etc. - passed in several states:
Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
We also will now have a record
number of women (at least 19, 20 when Heidi Heitkamp gets the official nod) in
the Senate, including the indomitable consumer advocate, Elizabeth Warren - by an 8% lead,
no less, with 2% of the count left to go. ** UPDATE ** 11 of the 12 House seats still uncalled are being led by democrats too. If they all go to the Dems, it will mean a strong minority of 202 to 233 Republicans in the House, a substantial incursion during a year when most Democrats and Republicans expected little change in the 242 member majority.