In 2004 Bush was proud to have actually won the popular vote (62,028,285 – 59,028,109) and the election with an EV margin of 35 (286 – 251). He arrogantly proclaimed that he had earned “political capital” and intended to spend it. Boy did he.
For the math savants that’s a 3,000,176 vote difference.
So what does more than double that buy you? Obama won the popular vote by 7,242,818 votes. He won the Electoral College by 187 (349 – 162) as of now.
Just how much cash does he have to spend? Smells like mandate to me!
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