The election is all about electoral votes

Published 8:44pm Monday, October 29, 2012

The nation will elect our 45th president this Tuesday. The word elect is a misnomer. We do not elect our president. They are selected by the Electoral College. This is a travesty. It is amazing and appalling that in a country that espouses being the greatest democracy in the world that we do not have a direct election of the president where the candidate who receives the most votes from all of the voters throughout the entire nation wins.

If you are watching the election returns on television Tuesday night and you keep watching the tally of votes nationwide you are wasting your time and the television network is wasting its time along with doing you an injustice.

It is all about electoral votes. If Barack Obama gets 12,000,001 votes in Florida and Mitt Romney gets 12,000,000 votes in the Sunshine State then President Obama gets all 29 electoral votes. Romney’s 12,000,000 votes do not count for anything.

If Mitt Romney gets 2,000,000 votes in Alabama and Barack Obama gets 1,000,000 then Romney gets all of Alabama’s nine Electoral College votes. However, Romney could have gotten only 1,000,001 votes and still have received all nine of our electoral votes.

Polling and past voting histories are very accurate barometers as to what is going to happen in politics. Therefore, polling and precedent indicate that about 40 of the 50 states are safe, predetermined outcome states. It is a pretty safe bet that California and New York are going to vote for the Democratic candidate. You can also bet your bottom dollar that Alabama and Tennessee are going to vote for the GOP candidate.

What will drive the vote in these important battleground states? The economy. Barack Obama won because of the economy in 2008. If he loses Tuesday it will be because of the economy. The unemployment numbers are critical. That out of work steelworker in Ohio, who voted for Barack Obama four years ago hoping he would help his plight, if he is still out of a job today, four years later, will vote for Romney.

Obama has played the ethnic and economic class card to the hilt. He has harped and railed in all of his appearances in Florida, Ohio and Virginia that Romney is rich and for the rich. He says he is for ending tax cuts for the rich. Romney counters that Obama, who has never had a job in the private sector, does not understand economic issues and is in over his head. Not only has he not helped the economy but that his left wing approach has further hurt the nation’s economic recovery.

The election will not be close in Alabama. McCain beat Obama 64 to 36 here in 2008. My guess is that this year’s outcome will be similar. Our nine electoral votes are pretty much in the bank. The only question to be answered on Tuesday night will be the margin of victory for Mitt Romney.

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