Many, many, many thing baffle me about last night’s results. And I will try to address them in the coming days.
But, perhaps the most baffling is the turnout. It is generally conceded that John McCain’s campaign did not inspire voters in 2008–a year when Republicans were generally dispirited. So, we contended, GOP turnout was depressed.
This year, however, Republicans were fired up. Mitt Romney’s campaign had a great Get-Out-the-Vote operation. And yet right now, it looks like he won’t win as many votes as the 59,934,814 votes McCain did in ’08.
The latest tally has Romney just over 57 million. Obama is at 59.6 million, with votes still to be counted.