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Trump received the highest number of votes of any Republican presidential candidate.  His 62,984,828 votes in 2016 was 2,051,324 more than Romney in 2012.  Those voters would not have been included in "Likely Voter" polling screens because they didn't vote in 2008. In fact,  Have to go back and do an analysis of the difference(s) - if any - between 2016 Likely Voter and Registered Voter polls.

Ultimately Trump won by a combination of that, strategic FBI interference in the final month, ~80,000 votes spread across Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, a obsolete 18th Century political system, and a grotesquely incompetent campaign by the Democrats.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Sep 22nd, 2020 at 02:39:52 PM EST
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"...and a grotesquely incompetent campaign by the Democrats." Which is being replayed because it worked so well last time.
by asdf on Tue Sep 22nd, 2020 at 05:41:03 PM EST
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It's what the DLC do.  They'll get their "campaign contributions" ( = bribes) from the 1% regardless of it they win or lose ... so they don't care.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Sep 22nd, 2020 at 11:04:59 PM EST
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In truth it is hard for Neo-Liberal 'centrists' NOT to be incompetent. They can't make the traditional Democratic appeal to the bottom 2/3 of the income distribution, as that might offend their precious rich donors. "Where your treasure lies there also  is your heart."


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Sep 24th, 2020 at 05:40:08 PM EST
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