The popular vote data has more interesting stories to tell. Check out this 2008-2012 National Vote Tracker. A few quick reactions:
- Maybe it goes without saying, but a lot of swing states weren't nearly as close as expected. Wisconsin (7pts), Colorado (5.5pts), Iowa (6pts), even Virginia (4pts).
- Some swing states were not really swing states. Pennsylvania was clearly going Obama, but Michigan was a total blowout. A nearly 10pt win for Obama there made Michigan less competitive than Missouri or Georgia.
- Obama lost Georgia by less than 8pts. Hello Atlanta.
- Obama lost once reliably Democratic West Virginia by 27pts. Goodbye coal country.
- Nobody lives in Wyoming or North Dakota.
- Washington D.C.'s vote total went up 10.5% since 2008.
- Hurricane Sandy effect?: between 2008-2012 the raw vote drop in New York was 17.08% and in New Jersey 8.63%. Nationally the raw vote dropped 2.94%.