407,000 votes in four key states made the difference for Obama

Jim Geraghty from the National Review takes a closer look at the numbers and uncovers some surprising statistics.  According to his analysis, the four key swing states which would have delivered victory for Team Romney were agonizingly close:

Florida: 73,858

Ohio: 103,481

Virginia: 115,910

Colorado: 113,099

Those four states, with a collective margin of, 406,348 for Obama, add up to 69 electoral votes. Had Romney won 407,000 or so additional votes in the right proportion in those states, he would have 275 electoral votes.

This shows in no uncertain terms, that this election was extremely close, and that President Obama appears to NOT have quite the mandate he thinks he has.  (Hat tip to Battleground Watch for the lead.)

AP: Romney continues to draw huge crowds

The enthusiasm from the GOP continues to build momentum.  It is now coming across on the campaign trail as Gov. Romney continues to draw huge crowds:

The crowds tell the story. As Election Day nears, Mitt Romney is drawing large and excited throngs.

Look to dusty Iowa cornfields, rain-soaked Virginia parks, the muddy fields of the Shelby County Fairgrounds, where a crowd of 9,500 — almost half of this western Ohio town — gathered among the barns and stables on a frigid October evening this week to glimpse the Republican presidential contender.

“Where else would we want to be?” said one of the shivering faithful, Judy Cartwright, a 71-year-old nurse from Sidney. “I want to see the next president of the United States.”

Romney’s debate performance against President Barack Obama last week — and his energetic appearances following it up — have fueled a rise in enthusiasm on the campaign trail. Whether or not it will translate into votes, polls do suggest that Republicans are fired up. It’s a welcome development for the Republican businessman, who is hardly a natural politician and has long struggled to match Obama’s ability to inspire excitement.

via The Associated Press: As Election Day nears, Romney crowds are surging.

Breaking: Suffolk stops polling in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida — Predicts wins for Romney

Keith Backer over at Battleground Watch caught this encouraging snippet from Fox News:

Looks like Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina are “off the market” as it were. Suffolk Polling is reallocating their resources out of those states as they are likely solidly in Romney’s column:

In places like North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida, we’ve already painted those red.  We’re not polling any of those states again.  We’re focusing on the remaining states.”