On the same day lawmakers count the electoral votes on Capitol Hill, officially certifying President Obama’s victory in the Electoral College, the AP released a tabulation of official presidential votes from all 50 states.
As tabulated by the AP, Romney got 47.2 percent of the full presidential vote.
He did a bit better – 48.0 – if you just look at the two top candidates.
That number – 47 percent – resonates in the context of the race because of Romney’s infamous “47 percent” comments that seemed to have an effect on the race.
In hidden camera video clips, which were posted by Mother Jones, Romney was seen telling Florida telling donors that 47 percent of voters will chose Obama “no matter what” because they are people “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”
“My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney says in the video. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Later, in a Fox News interview, he said: ”Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you’re going to say something that doesn’t come out right,” Romney said. “In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”
He added: “And I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100 percent and that’s been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100 percent.”