Where Obama, Romney rank in Electoral College scores
President Obama ranks ninth among candidates for president in electoral-vote averages since 1896, according to a First Read analysis.
Mitt Romney's 203 EVs puts him 22nd of the 44 candidates who have gotten at least one electoral vote in that 116-year history.
Bill Clinton, who comes in at No. 7, edges Obama 374.5 to 348.5.
The list of the all-time top 44:
After the election, Freeper pundits were bitching about how Obama failed to get as many electoral votes as he did in 2008. Big fucking deal! The man won anyway, and he received--on average--the 9th highest Electoral College score out of all men elected president.
If they were smart, they'd be alarmed that no Republican has reached the relatively low (but good enough for the win) score of 300.
George W. Bush received 271 (2000) and 286 (2004) electoral votes.
By the way: President Obama won an uncommon re-election. I will say he needed to be more demanding a leader and, in such case, with more speedier success he would've won a more tradition re-election of increased margin and electoral-vote score.
Had the president won by an addition three to five percentage points -- rather than being reduced -- he still would have lost Indiana and Nebraska #02 (which were Democratic pickups in 2008), but he would've retained carriage of North Carolina and garnered pickups in Georgia and Arizona. (He won over the female vote in Ariz. I haven't seen exit polls on Ga. to know if he won women there as he had in 2008.) Ultimately, President Obama would have come up with 374 electoral votes, nine more than his first-election victory in 2008.
"If they were smart, they'd be alarmed that no Republican has reached the relatively low (but good enough for the win) score of 300."
I meant to add:
"If they were smart, they'd be alarmed that no [winning] Republican has reached the relatively low (but good enough for the win) score of 300 . . . since the 1980s."
How come Ford has 240 and Carter 173, but Carter won? Isn't 270 the magic number?
Those listed are averages.
1976 Jimmy Carter: 297
1980 Jimmy Carter: 49
Divide by 2: 173 electoral votes (on average).
Notice how most of the top vote-getters are liberal/progressive? Reagan being the obvious exception.
It's too bad that Reagan had that huge landslide and that he's #1. Doesn't deserve to be above FDR.