Irony Alert: Romney May End Up With 47% of Votes

It's a 'perfect conclusion' to Romney saga: Greg Sargent

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 21, 2012 7:22 AM CST

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's favorite percentage may come back to haunt him. Votes have only been completely tallied in 10 states thus far, and it's looking more and more like Romney will finish with just under 47.5% of the vote, writes Greg Sargent for the Washington Post. When rounded, that would put the final tally at 51% to 47%, a poetic if painful echo of his infamous 47% comment. That conclusion isn't a certain one yet, but as of yesterday morning, new votes from Maryland dropped Romney to 47.56%, and a hefty number of additional votes from New York and California could send that figure down a bit more.

Sargent thinks it would be a fitting end to the "Romney political saga." He writes, "If Romney’s described electorate—the job creators and the makers of America who were supposed to be enraged at all the moochers and the takers—ends up totaling 47%, we will have come full circle."

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters before conceding at his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Mitt Romney gives a thumbs up as he arrives to give his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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