Originally Posted by 'Hamas' Jenkins
2012 House of Representatives Election:
Democrats received 59 million votes
Republicans received 57 million votes
2008 House of Representatives Election:
Democrats received 64 million votes
Republicans received 51 million votes.
So, these Republicans that stayed at home for McCain also stayed at home for Romney and 10 percent of people who previously voted for Democrats voted for Republicans, but Obama's support levels only dropped from 53% to 51%?
You don't really have very good reading comprehension. I said that if they stayed home for Romney, they definitely stayed home for McCain. I didn't say they stayed home for both. Romney was more conservative than McCain, therefore he got more conservatives to come out and vote for him. However, he was still nowhere near as conservative as most conservatives would like. So he still missed out on a lot of the conservative vote.
I am very involved in my local Republican party. If you go to any meeting, you will find that less than 2/3 of the people there actually voted, because they were so disappointed in Romney winning the primary. These are the people who are active in the Republican party and they couldn't even draw themselves to vote for Romney. It is going to be worse for people who aren't active in politics. This hurt the state even more because we had a very winnable governor's race, but the conservative turnout was so bad, that we lost.