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“Smaller, sim­pler, smarter. Be­lieve in Amer­ica.” That was the of­fi­cial motto of “Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent-Elect,” a web­site launched by Mitt Rom­ney’s cam­paign in late Oc­to­ber 2012. It was pub­licly vis­i­ble for a time, but quickly de­ac­ti­vated af­ter Mr. Rom­ney lost the elec­tion. Now the pub­lic ap­pears to have had a Rom­ney re­nais­sance of sorts. They just might miss him, or the pres­i­dent he could have been. Among reg­is­tered vot­ers, Mr. Rom­ney bests Pres­i­dent Obama in a the­o­ret­i­cal re­match, 49 per­cent to 47 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to a new Wash­ing­ton Post-ABC News.

Mr. Rom­ney also won in­de­pen­dents — 49 per­cent com­pared to Mr. Obama’s 39 per­cent. Among women, Mr. Rom­ney re­ceived 46 per­cent of the vote, Mr. Obama 49 per­cent. The pair tied among all Amer­i­cans, 47 per­cent to 47 per­cent and there were pre­dictable par­ti­san di­vides. Mr. Rom­ney won 90 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, Mr. Obama 89 per­cent Democrats. Dis­tinct de­mo­graphic pref­er­ences also emerged.

Mr. Rom­ney gar­nered sup­port of “whites,” men, those 40 to 65 years old, vot­ers with a high school ed­u­ca­tion or less, those with some col­lege, con­ser­va­tives, con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans, vot­ers with an­nual in­comes be­tween $50,000 and 100,000 plus those who make more than $100,000. Vot­ers in the South, white evan­gel­i­cals, Protes­tants and Catholics also sup­port Mr. Rom­ney, the poll found.

Mr. Obama won among “non-whites,” mod­er­ates, those 18 to 34 years old, lib­er­als, lib­eral Democrats, those with post­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tions, vot­ers in the North­east and West and those with “no re­li­gion.” The pair tied among col­lege grad­u­ates and Mid­west­ern vot­ers. And the 2012 re­al­ity? Mr. Obama topped Mr. Rom­ney, 51 per­cent to 47 per­cent.

Rom­ney fans should not get their hopes up, how­ever. “We are not do­ing that again,” Mr. Rom­ney told CBS News dur­ing a Sun­day ap­pear­ance with his wife, Ann, who reached over and made her hus­band shake his head “no” for em­pha­sis.

“That’s not what they were pre­dict­ing about the Af­ford­able Care Act when it was first in­tro­duced. Not long ago, they as­sured view­ers that they could keep their health plans if they liked them, pre­dicted Amer­i­cans would em­brace Oba­maCare once they ex­pe­ri­enced it and even claimed it would re­duce the deficit,” Mr. Dick­ens re­calls. “They also warned any ob­struc­tion of Oba­maCare by con­ser­va­tives would re­sult in the death of chil­dren and the end of Amer­ica as a ‘world power.’”

See some of the re­port­ing, which dates back to 2009, here: Newsbusters.org.


A poll says con­tem­po­rary vot­ers may pine for what would have been: Here’s Mitt Rom­ney’s “tran­si­tion” White House web­site, which dis­ap­peared when he lost the 2012 elec­tion to Pres­i­dent Obama.

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