It is our fault, they reason, because we would not compromise our convictions for the sake of political expediency.
The emails, hitting my inbox usually read something like “…good job! You helped President Obama get re-elected to another four year term.”
So is this true? Did those of us who voted for a third party candidate really help Obama win a second term?
According to the Associated Press, in my home state of Virginia candidates listed as “others” (third party or write-in candidates) received a whopping total of 1.4% of the vote.
Obama received 50.8% and Romney 47.8 – a full 3% difference. Do the math! Even if those of us who voted for third party candidates would have cast our lot for Romney, he would have still lost Virginia.
So what about Ohio? Romney got 48.2 and Obama 50.1% with “others” coming in at 1.6%. No matter which way you slice it, even if you add the “others” to Romney’s total – Obama still won by 0.3 percent.
Perhaps your argument might hold up in the State of Florida where Obama received 49.9% and Romney 49.3. All the other candidates combined accounted for 0.9%. So if the 0.9% had voted for Romney, he would have won Florida.
However, this assumes all those voters who fell into the “others” category lean to the right. The “others” category includes the Green Party and the Socialist Party and other lesser-known parties. Not to mention, Obama won re-election even without Florida.
In the end, none of this really matters because, even if Romney had won all these states, Florida, Virginia and Ohio, he would have still lost the election.
Remember those others possible battleground states? They were supposedly up for grabs. It was reported that Romney had a chance at winning them. Well, it was not true. Obama won them handily and he wasn’t even out of breath.
Obama won Colorado by nearly 5% of the vote. In the state of Wisconsin, home of VP nominee Paul Ryan, he won by nearly 7%. Pennsylvania 5.2%. New Hampshire and Iowa Obama won by nearly 6%. New Jersey, home of Gov. Chris Christie, well, Obama smacked Romney down by a whopping 17%. If I were Chris Christie, I would be getting nervous.
So you need to ask yourself, is the reason Romney lost and Obama won because of those of us who voted third party? Or was there a fundamental problem with the candidate the Republicans nominated?
Could part of the blame be the shameful way the GOP treated Ron Paul?
Perhaps it was because the Christian base, which is one of the largest voting blocks in the GOP was ignored by the party and nominated a man who was a high-ranking official in one of the most perverse cults of Christianity ever conceived by the mind of man.
Or maybe the reason could be that the Grand Old Party establishment keeps shoving liberal candidates down our throats all the while trying to convince us they’re really conservatives?
Unfortunately, for them, more and more folks are waking up to this fact.
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