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  Why did Romney underperform so much? (search mode)
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Del Tachi
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« on: August 24, 2017, 01:15:04 pm »

Obama had a much better GOTV/ground game in the closing weeks, which made the difference in the swing states.  Team Romney's election day platform, Orca, crashed on polling day and probably cost him at least FL.

Additionally, it's simply very difficult to knock-off incumbent presidents barring some sort of recession or international disaster.  2012 took place during a recovering economy in the wake of a major foreign policy success for the President (Bin Laden raid) and Obama was very personable and good on the stump. 
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