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Alabama: 787,072
Arizona: 707,744
Georgia: 1,745,283
Idaho: 209,456
Indiana: 1,134,577
Kansas: 426,352
Kentucky: 679,105
Louisiana: 781,733
Mississippi: 521,052
Missouri: 1,215,031
Montana: 184,213
Nebraska: 289,154
North Carolina: 2,175,670
North Dakota: 124,490
Oklahoma: 442,359
South Carolina: 799,026
South Dakota: 144,983
Tennesee: 951,406
Texas: 3,291,582
Utah: 229,721
West Virginia: 234,985
Wyoming: 68,779

The numbers I list are the reported number of votes cast for President Obama in every state that went for Romney. Due to the Electoral College it is frequently tempting to think of a vote in an off-color state as a "wasted vote," and on a very technical level that's true. I was one of 234,985 West Virginians who cast a ballot for Barack Obama, and not a single electoral vote from West Virginia was added to Obama's column.

That said, as of 11:07am EST, using the vote information on nbcnews.com, Obama is winning the popular vote by 2,633,396 votes.

The combined total of votes cast for Obama in Red states is 16,959,560.

You're welcome, America.

We can, if you wish, get into a long and spirited debate about whether or not it "matters" if Obama wins the popular vote. Technically it doesn't matter at all--Bush proved that in 2000. All you need are the Electoral Votes to win, and there were some pundits who were anticipating a similar outcome in 2012, with Romney winning the popular vote, Obama the EV.

That's all true. If you took away all the votes cast for Obama in red states, Obama still wins by exactly the same EV margin he has right now. That said, he wins with 42,732,184 votes compared to Romney's 57,242,561. That's essentially a fifteen million vote deficit that would be thrown in his face, and in every Democrat's face, for the next four years.

So the red state votes mattered.

"But California!" I hear someone say. "The votes aren't all in yet for California!" True. As of 11:07am, only 69% of the vote was in, a total of 9,167,383 votes. California has a total population of 37,253,956, but based on that percentage it means only 13,286,720 citizens actually cast ballots. If we are charitable and give the rest of the votes cast in California to Obama, that gives him an extra 4,118,882 votes.

You still need the red state votes to give him the popular vote.

You don't need the popular vote to win a presidential election in the United States. Not yet. But even if it isn't a mechanical necessity, by God you still want that vote.

The red states gave it to you--whether the red states like it or not.

Again... you're welcome. ;-)

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