What lucky county pushed Romney below 47.5 percent? Los Angeles.
Another milestone reached today:
We're still waiting on several million more votes. California alone has just shy of 1 million votes remaining to be counted, including another 196,621 from Los Angeles County. New York is sitting on another million or so. And most states are still sitting on uncounted (or unreported) ballots. In fact, just 12 states have final certified vote tallies.
So what drama is left? Well, if Obama surpasses 51 percent, he'll be just the
fourth third president in the last 100 years to do so twice, and the last since Ronald Reagan Dwight Eisenhower. That shouldn't be a problem given what's left to be counted.
It will also be interesting to see whether this year's vote tally meets or exceeds that of 2008. New York and California will close roughly half the gap. Are there enough votes left elsewhere? Seems doubtful. We'll be looking at state-by-state turnout numbers after all the votes are counted, but thus far, it looks like those states with competitive races had stronger turnout, while everyone else tapered off.
1:17 PM PT:
1:22 PM PT: Spiderboy12 in the comments corrects me, and adds some great additional factoids:
Ronald Reagan didn't surpass 51% twice. (18+ / 0-)
He did so only once, in 1984.
In 1980, he got 50.75% of the popular vote. Almost 10% higher than Jimmy Carter (who got 41.01%), but still not quite 51%.
If Obama does manage to pass 51% twice, he'll only be the sixth US president to do so since 1824, and third Democrat. The other five are Andrew Jackson, US Grant, William McKinley, Franklin Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower.
His percentage of the popular vote would also rank as the eighth highest of all time for all Democratic nominees, behind only Andrew Jackson (twice), FDR (four times), LBJ, and his own performance in 2008. (He would just edge out Sam Tilden (1876), Franklin Pierce (1852) and Martin Van Buren (1836), all of whom received barely under 51%.)
1:56 PM PT: Thanks DC!