This is kind of a bummer, actually. You would think that Mitt Romney and mathematics would be perfect partners for one another: unyielding, unconcerned with the emotions of humans, kind of hard to wrap your head around without a lot of practice. But no.
It would appear that after all those years of working with Romney to calculate a greater bottom line, math has turned its back on its old friend and decided to endorse Obama instead…
[T]he president is favored to win the 207 electoral votes from states that he carried four years ago by at least 15 percentage points. Michigan is among those. He also has the edge in Minnesota, which has 10 votes, and Pennsylvania, which has 20. That would bring Obama to 237 electoral votes.
Romney’s path is more difficult. His smaller base of 191 electoral votes includes states that the president lost in 2008 plus Indiana, where polls show Romney is favored to defeat Obama four years after the president carried the state by 1 percentage point.
Republicans need to win 72 percent of the electoral votes in the nine targeted states, which would require victories in five to eight of them. Florida and Ohio are the biggest prizes; it’s been 88 years since a Republican was elected president without winning Florida, and no Republican has ever won without Ohio.
Who can say why this happened? Does anybody every really understand why old teams split up?
Personally, I have my suspicions. I'd have to imagine math didn't take kindly to Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for VP. Anybody who can put together a national budget without once calling on math for help… That has to be grating.
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