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  •  So George should we just flush the 3million plus (0+ / 0-)

    margin from CA down the drain?  I think not.  Get real people the fact that CA has gone big for Dems in the past 5 elections has done a lot to boost Dems national numbers.  Just look at 1988 when Dukakis won NY but lost CA he only got 46% of the vote.  CA does much more than "offset" loses it makes expands margins plain and simple.

    •  Of course not. (0+ / 0-)

      But seriously, it's the electoral vote that wins presidential elections.  

      That's point 1.

      When you say that California essentially single-handedly produced HALF the Obama victory margin, your math is misleading.  

      Effectively Illinois and New York combined produced the same margin 3 million vote net as California with fewer voters.  The District of Columbia produced a 200,000 net for Obama with only about 230,000 total voters.

      The total vote margin from states that Obama won without California was about 10.5 million votes -- 13.4 million including California.  

      So California's contribution to the overall margin of states won is closer to 20 percent of the tally (2.9 million out of 13.4 million).

      California is obviously the biggest vote haul out there, but if we're talking about credit, I'd say put it in perspective.  

      Clearly a lot of people did a lot of hard work to get the job done across the country and California was a big part of that equation (in terms of the dollars pumped into the campaign, volunteer hours in places like Nevada, and flipping California itself).  

      But it wasn't California that delivered the nomination in the Spring.  Even subtracting out California this election cycle, Obama still wins the presidency with 310 electoral votes -- better than George W. did in 2000 or 2004.  And Gore and Kerry both lost with California solidly in their column.

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