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  •  Romney did outperform McCain (3+ / 0-)
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    MBishop1, sethtriggs, SLKRR

    His percentage of the popular vote and his electoral vote are both greater. His current tally is only 21,000 votes shy of McCain's, and he will probably pass him tonight.

    At one point I thought he'd pass Bush's total in 2004 (62.04 million), but at the moment I think Romney will peak somewhere north of 61 million.

    Fewer people voted for Obama, that's true, but I'd wait for a final assessment on how MANY people did so until all the votes are counted. I think turnout won't be that far below 2008--maybe one or two million, but not much more. Obama should finish north of 65 million, and quite probably above 66 million.

    As for NY and NJ, they're still counting. NY almost never updates after its initial election night tally until its final vote count is done. That always adds hundreds of thousands of votes the total. I'd expect the same this year, even with Hurricane Sandy.

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