“The surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race. When we watched Virginia and Ohio coming in, and those ones coming in as tight as they were, and looking like we were going to lose them, that’s when it became clear we weren’t going to win.”
Notice the phrase “urban areas.” That is a euphemism for the black and Latino communities whom the GOP and Fox News did not believe would turn out at polls the way they did. But even though minorities turned out strong, Obama still would have lost if not enough women, college-aged young folks and older white voters had not voted for the incumbent president. But Ryan chose to blame his loss on “urban areas.”
But Obama campaign manager Jim Messina laid out the numbers last Thursday quite succinctly, according to newsone.com:
Total minority votes increased to 28 percent. Our coalition turned out in massive numbers with massive support, women made up about the same portion of the electorate as in 2008. And our support remains strong. We’ve got 55 percent of women voters. Youth actually increased as a percentage of the electorate. So for lots of reporting about youth, they turned out again and continue to take control of their future. We won them again at historic margins over 3 to 2.
Ryan and Romney lost the election because a coalition of voters of all races, ethnicities, ages and socioeconomic background chose President Obama and VP Joe Biden over the Romney-Ryan ticket. Period.
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