The Romney 47 percent comment turned out to be an ironic prediction. Some call it divine justice. Various states are still finishing counting all the ballot votes from the 2012 elections but so far the trend is showing that Romney will get almost exactly 47 percent.
According to the latest numbers tallied by David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, President Obama has expanded his share of the popular vote to 50.8 percent, while Romney has fallen to 47.49 percent. Wasserman projects that Romney’s final vote count share will trend toward 47 percent flat because many of the outstanding ballots left to be counted come from California and New York, which both voted for Obama by a large margin. The 51 percent that Romney’s failed campaign hoped to convince will likely go to Obama.
Romney originally made the 47 comment at a private affair which was caught on a hidden camera. In response to a question, Romney suggested that the 47 percent of the United States population who do not pay Federal income taxes were so reliant on gifts to minorities, government services, and entitlement handouts that they would never vote for him. Romney believed that it was a waste of time to direct his campaign toward convincing these 47 percent that he was the better presidential candidate.
Further, Romney insulted many people when he claimed that as a presidential candidate that his “job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Romney attempted to clarify his statement afterward but the damage was already done.
According to CBS, Romney was correct that the poor tend to vote a straight Democratic ticket, since prior to the election 61 percent of people making $30,000 or less planned to vote for Obama. While it is true that many people had already made up their minds months before the election, the Romney 47 percent comment only increased Romney’s difficulty with convincing the undecided among independents and Hispanic voters.
What do you think about the irony of Romney getting 47 percent of the final vote count?