Mandate? Hardly

With the difference of less than one million votes in five states, Senator John McCain would have won the electoral vote 270 to 268 in the 2008 Presidential election:

The states, electoral votes, and the vote deficit:

State

Ohio

Florida

Indiana

Virginia

Wisconsin

Electoral Votes

20

27

11

15

10

Vote Shortfall

204,414

194,902

26,163

155,164

412,293

If Sen. McCain had won by reversing such a narrow margin, the press would be cautiously advising that he should govern wisely, that such a slim margin showed a nation divided, that he was President of 300 million citizens, not just the ones who pulled the lever next to his name. Instead, we hear of the “mandate” that Sen. Obama won. The truth is in this table; and stranger than the fiction of a mandate.

UPDATE: North Carolina; which was too close to call at the time of first posting, with the full vote count unfinished, has now been called for Obama. A grand total of 13,993 vote difference between Obama and McCain. The so-called “mandate” is still hard for me to see.

One Response to “Mandate? Hardly”

  1. Twisted Spinster » Blog Archive » Half-and-half belongs in my coffee, not in my country Says:

    […] a bigger majority than others on one side or the other, but in this one at least the division was almost even between the two candidates. Unfortunately the wobbly center is what splits the halves, and this time it wobbled towards Obama […]

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