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Obama’s presidential vote count historic


And the final popular percentage showed Obama at 51.06 percent to Romney’s 47.21 percent, according to Cook Political Report guru David Wasserman.

That nearly-four-point spread is better than most polls were showing just before the election.

Turns out The New York Times’ Nate Silver, so often excoriated by Romney supporters for his analyses that showed Obama comfortably ahead, actually low- balled the final percentage spread by nearly 1.5 points.

Real Clear Politics, weighed down by Rassmussen Reports and Gallup — their final tallies each showed Romney winning by 1 point — had Obama with a razor-thin .7 lead.

Obama’s popular vote totals, the history buffs point out, are the first time since President Eisenhower’s reelection in 1956 that anyone has gotten more than 51 percent of the popular vote twice. (President Reagan likely would have done so but for John Anderson’s third-party candidacy in 1980 when Reagan got 50.7 percent of the vote.)

For Loop contest entrants, we will pay the penalty for ignoring Wasserman’s advice not to announce winners and send out t-shirts while New York was still counting.

Now we’ll have to go back through the entries and see if the final tally produces additional winners.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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