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THE PLOT THICKENS – AT 10:13 A.M. ET:  We will learn more about the election in bits and pieces, as statistical studies are done.  But here is one tidbit that will inevitably prove important.  We said it was a turnout election, and it was.  But maybe the wrong people turned out.  From AP:

A drop in voter turnout in Tuesday's election didn't keep President Barack Obama from winning a second term in the White House.

Preliminary figures suggest fewer people voted this year than four years ago, when voters shattered turnout records as they elected Obama to his first term.

In most states, the numbers are shaping up to be even lower than in 2004, said Curtis Gans, the director of American University's Center for the Study of the American Electorate. Still, the full picture may not be known for weeks, because much of the counting takes place after Election Day.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press figures showed more than 117 million people had voted in the White House race. In 2008, 131 million people voted.

COMMENT:  If that is true, then obviously we didn't get enough of our people out, and the other side did.  But let's say the final vote total is 120 million.  Even then, the drop from 2008 would be 11 million, a huge number. 

This election will be studied and studied.  And why do I think already that there'll be buyer's remorse, and that we won't have to wait too long for it?

November 7, 2012