On November 7, 2012 Rush Limbaugh birthed a conservative myth that is still making the rounds. The myth is that Republicans "stayed home" for the 2012 election because true conservatives rejected an overly moderate Romney. In support of this myth Limbaugh claimed that "Romney received two and a half million fewer votes than McCain did." The point of this assertion is to claim that the Republicans would have beat Obama had they only nominated someone more conservative than Romney. It's an anti-RINO argument. http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/11/07/in_a_nation_of_children_santa_claus_wins
Once Limbaugh said it an avalanche of conservative dittohead bloggers and online websites Rushed to it. Leaping strong kudos on Rush for first noticing this, The American Spectator gushingly declared "McCain Beats Romney
" in its online magazine. The American Spectator fleshed out the figures some more and it ran from blog to blog from there.http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/09/mccain-beats-romney
The American Spectator also claimed that Obama received 9 million fewer votes than he did in 2008.
The only problem is that it is all wrong. More dishonest BS from Limbaugh and The American Spectator that compared incomplete vote totals in 2012 with complete vote totals in 2008. When they reported this stuff there were still millions of votes to be counted. When the completed numbers for both elections are considered the actual results turn Limbaugh's claims on their head. Here are the actual completed numbers for the two Presidential elections.
2008 McCain: 59,948,323 popular votes, 45.7%
2012 Romney: 60,931,767 popular votes, 47.2%
Romney got nearly a million more popular votes than McCain and beat McCain in percentages by 1.5%. In short, Romney outperformed McCain, getting more votes than McCain did even in an election where less total votes were cast.
Obama did get fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008, there was a lower voter turnout in 2012. However, the The American Spectator's claim that Obama received 9 million less is yet another flat out deception relying on incomplete vote totals for the later election. Obama received nearly 66 million votes in 2012, not the about 60 million claimed by The American Spectator. That was about 3 million less than he received in 2008, not 9 million less as claimed in by The American Spectator.
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