Forget the "spin" (particularly that generated by the Obama-Mainstream Media which I am getting sick of hearing)--the 2012 election was not a "mandate" for either Obama/Democrats or the Republicans--
2012 Turnout Dramatically Lower than 2008: "13 million fewer people voted in 2012 than in 2008. 131 million voters cast their ballots in the 2008 election in which Barack Obama defeated John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin. Obama received 69.4 million votes, while McCain received 59.9 million. In 2012, Obama defeated Romney by a 50% to 48% margin. Obama received 59.8 million votes, and Romney received 57.1 million votes -- 2.7 million fewer than Obama in 2012, but also 2.8 million fewer than McCain in 2008. . . President Obama's 2012 vote total -- 59.8 million -- was 100,000 less than the 59.9 million John McCain received in 2008."
Look at the numbers. If the Democrat and Republican Presidential candidates in 2016 continue this trend at the same numbers (Democrat candidate gettting 10 million fewer votes in 2016 than in 2012, and the Republican candidate 3 million less)--the Republican will win by more than 4 million votes!
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