Conservative commentator Michael Barone, who predicted an Electoral College win of 315-223 for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said he “expected” an “increase in turnout” similar to what occurred in 2004 for President George W. Bush.
“I expected to see in Ohio, for example, what I saw in 2004 which was on election night as county returns came in and you got 100 percent or nearly 100 percent in a county, in the smaller counties which usually report earlier. I saw increase in turnout, an increase in Bush percentage, that represented sort of a positive feeling for Bush, it represented the Bush campaign organizational efforts,” said Barone in a speech at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center in Washington on November 9.
“I expected and hoped, I confess, to see the same pattern in Ohio. I didn’t. I expected to see affluent voters counties swing more to Mitt Romney as compared to McCain or something then I did. Not a lot of evidence at that.”
Barone, The Washington Examiner’s senior political analyst, said he’s still contemplating the results of the race.
“I think in the target states the electorate looked very much like the electorate of 2008 except smaller,” he said.
“So, I’m still thinking about what that means. So, I’ll depart with those words. I’m still thinking about it.”
President Barack Obama won 332 electoral votes compared to Romney’s 206.
Video courtesy of Hillsdale College