Will all of the election data still coming in, and the analysis of what it all means now in full swing, there’s one more element that nobody seems to have mentioned. Since this is one of the things I like to do–pointing out what no one else seems to have considered–here goes with some election analysis.
President Obama won a clear majority in the Electoral College. This is like the number of runs in a baseball game, or points in a football game; everything else is secondary to this number. But there’s also some more data to be considered.
President Obama also won a majority of the popular vote. This is something that Bill Clinton never did, because that Ross Perot guy sucked up some third-party votes in 1992 and 1996. So Obama’s already got another piece of the electoral mandate picture in his pocket.
But the third victory, which nobody has mentioned, is that he won 26 of the 50 states, while Governor Romney won just 24. Had Florida gone his way, Romney could at least claim a split decision among the states, but this would be a meaningless claim, at best. Once Florida swung to President Obama, it gave him one more majority to claim, and one more point to raise if anyone should try to claim that he doesn’t actually have an electoral mandate. It’s quite clear that he does.