The Myth of the Missing Three Million Republicans

A score of people this past week have asked me about the three million Republicans allegedly “missing” at the polls this year.  For starters, if the Washington Post is to be believed, Mitt Romney received 1.3 million fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008, not 3 million.  For the record, Obama received 7.5 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008.

More than 1.1 million of the Republican votes were “lost” in California.  It is not that California Republicans turned against Romney.
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