Stipulate that (a) we don’t have a national election but 50 state elections, and (b) they are still counting votes so the final popular vote for both candidates will be bigger than it is now. Still seems very significant that Obama is 10 million votes short of where he was in 2008.
Nationally, Obama earned 69.5 million votes in 2008, to McCain’s 60 million.
By the current count for 2012, Obama has 59.5 million votes, to Romney’s 57 million.
I don’t pretend to know how much these latter totals will rise. But the HuffPo numbers I’m looking at appear to be pretty final — even 95 percent of California reporting, though still waiting on 23 percent of Colorado, 27 percent of Oregon and 48 percent of Washington. Seems amazing to hemorrhage the scale of support Obama has, yet still win.