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Romney’s State Team Admits They’ve Lost Florida Too

So says the Miami Herald.

Romney’s Florida campaign has acknowledged he lost in Florida as well. Romney already conceded the national race after he lost the other battleground states.

“The numbers in Florida show this was winnable,” Brett Doster, Florida advisor for Romney, said in a statement.  “We thought based on our polling and range of organization that we had done what we needed to win. Obviously, we didn’t, and for that I, and every other operative in Florida has a sick feeling that we left something on the table. I can assure you this won’t happen again.”

Giving Obama a total of 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.

6 comments to Romney’s State Team Admits They’ve Lost Florida Too

  • Raja

    Adviser: Romney “shellshocked” by loss

    CBS News, By Jan Crawford, November 8

    Mitt Romney’s campaign got its first hint something was wrong on the afternoon of Election Day, when state campaign workers on the ground began reporting huge turnout in areas favorable to President Obama: northeastern Ohio, northern Virginia, central Florida and Miami-Dade.

    Then came the early exit polls that also were favorable to the president.

    But it wasn’t until the polls closed that concern turned into alarm. They expected North Carolina to be called early. It wasn’t. They expected Pennsylvania to be up in the air all night; it went early for the President.

    After Ohio went for Mr. Obama, it was over, but senior advisers say no one could process it.

    “We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory,” said one senior adviser. “I don’t think there was one person who saw this coming.”

    Via digby: Bubble boys

    That is he scariest thing I’ve read about Mitt Romney. My barely sentient neighbor knew that Obama was ahead in all the battleground polls on election day. That he and the very serious wonk Paul Ryan were stunned is yet more proof that these people don’t live in the real world. It’s one thing to be confident and hopeful, it’s quite another to be delusional.

    • Raja

      Romney’s fail whale: ORCA the vote-tracker left team ‘flying blind’ (Updated)

      Politico, By Maggie Haberman & Alexander Burns, November 8

      Over at Aces of Spades HQ (link), a Mitt Romney Election Day worker details the massive failure of the ORCA Project, the campaign-designed voter-tracking app that was supposed to rival the Obama campaign’s ground-game efforts:

      It would take a lot of planning, training and coordination to be done successfully (oh, we’ll get to that in a second). This wasn’t really the GOP’s effort, it was Team Romney’s. And perhaps “unprecedented” would fit if we’re discussing failure.

      The entire purpose of this project was to digitize the decades-old practice of strike lists. The old way was to sit with your paper and mark off people that have voted and every hour or so, someone from the campaign would come get your list and take it back to local headquarters. Then, they’d begin contacting people that hadn’t voted yet and encourage them to head to the polls. It’s worked for years.

      From the very start there were warning signs…

      Do click the link for the full Ace of Spades account.

      But it was described as a mega-app for smartphones that would link the more than 30,000 operatives and volunteers involved in get-out-the-vote efforts. PBS profiled it a few days before the election. The app was created and managed by the Romney campaign and was kept a secret among a close circle in Boston, according to POLITICO sources. It was supposed to be incredibly efficient and allow the campaign to streamline, from its War Room at the Garden in Boston, the efforts to maximize turnout of Romney backers.

      Update, more from the Daily Beast: The Romney Campaign’s Ground Game Fiasco


      UPDATE, The Corner: Romney Camp Pushes Back on Orca Claims

      But the Romney campaign is denying that there was any “massive failure” of Orca, although the campaign acknowledges the system was down for up to 90 minutes in the morning. Other than that one long outage, they say the system worked, albeit with minor glitches. Ultimately, the campaign had voting data from 91 percent of counties, said Romney digital director Zac Moffat.

      More:
      Commentary: Romney’s Get Out the Vote Fiasco
      Breitbart: Exclusive – Inside Orca: How the Romney Campaign Suppressed Its Own Vote

  • nymole

    all those minorities turned out to vote . A little more voter suppression might have done the trick.

  • Raja

    The Long Con: Mail-order conservatism

    The Baffler, By Rick Perlstein, Current Issue – No. 21

    Mitt Romney is a liar. Of course, in some sense, all politicians, even all human beings, are liars. Romney’s lying went so over-the-top extravagant by this summer, though, that the New York Times editorial board did something probably unprecedented in their polite gray precincts: they used the L-word itself. “Mr. Romney’s entire campaign rests on a foundation of short, utterly false sound bites,” they editorialized. He repeats them “so often that millions of Americans believe them to be the truth.” “It is hard to challenge these lies with a well-reasoned-but- overlong speech,” they concluded; and how. Romney’s lying, in fact, was so richly variegated that it can serve as a sort of grammar of mendacity.

    Some Romney lies posit absences where there are obviously presences: his claim, for instance, that “President Obama doesn’t have a plan” to create jobs. Other Romney fabrications assert presences where there are absences. A clever bit of video editing can make it seem like Romney was enthusiastically received before the NAACP, when, in fact, he had been booed. There are lies, damned lies, statistics—like his assertion that his tax cut proposal won’t have any effect on the federal budget, which the Tax Policy Center called “not mathematically possible.” That frank dismissal vaulted the candidate into another category of lie, an attempt to bend time itself: Romney responded by calling that group “biased”; last year, he called them “objective.”

    There are outsourced lies, like this one from deep in my files: in 2007, Ann Romney told the right-wing site Newsmax.com that her husband had “always personally been prolife,” though Mitt had said in his 1994 Senate race, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.” And then Ann admitted a few sentence later, “They say he flip-flopped on abortion. Well, you know what? He did change his mind.”

    And then there’s the most delicious kind of lie of them all, the kind that hoists the teller on his own petard as soon as a faintly curious auditor consults the record for occasions on which he’s said the opposite. Here the dossier of Mittdacity overfloweth. In 2012, for example, he said he took no more federal money for the Salt Lake City Olympic Games than previous games had taken; a decade earlier, however, he called the $410 million in federal money he bagged “a huge increase over anything ever done before.”

    An interesting history at the link.

    Via Hullabaloo: Tomorrow belongs to them

    Media Matters: Right-Wing Media React To Obama’s Re-Election: War, Impeachment, Revolution

  • Skriz

    Hell, this election wasn’t even close. Romney was beaten like a rented mule!

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