"As tabulated by the AP, Romney got 47.2 percent of the full presidential vote."
Number of the day!
Yahoo’s Rachel Rose Hartman reports:
Mitt Romney’s claim in a campaign ad that President Barack Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China” earned PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year,” the site announced on Wednesday.
“The Jeep ad was brazenly false,” Angie Drobnic Holan wrote in her analysis.
The Romney campaign ran the ad in the final weeks of the campaign, drawing sharp rebukes from the automakers and public condemnation from the Obama campaign.
Romney first claimed Jeep was moving to China in a late October campaign speech in Ohio, citing “reports,” which he later identified in his ad as a story by Bloomberg News.
But Chrysler immediately rejected the claim, saying the company was reviewing adding production in China, not moving production out of the United States. Chrysler also noted that the Bloomberg story was misinterpreted.
More Americans put Romney than Obama on Kris Kringle’s “nice” list: 63 percent said the former Massachusetts governor would get presents, against just 51 percent for the president, PPP said.
Respondents gave Mommy quite a bit of latitude were she caught smooching Saint Nick: 43 percent would tell Daddy, while 40 percent would not, and 17 percent weren’t sure.
Did Grandma get run over by a reindeer? The poll suggested the jolly fat man wouldn’t have too much to worry about: 61 percent said they would not press charges, and just 24 percent said they would. There was a slight partisan split on that question, with 33 percent of Democrats saying they’d take Father Christmas to court, compared to 19 percent of Republicans.
By a 52-45 percent margin, respondents professed to believe in Santa, and 80 percent said they were on his “nice list.” Just 11 percent fessed up to belonging in the “naughty” column of the ledger. Forty-four percent said Santa was a Democrat, against 28 percent who said he was a Republican. (No word on whether the elves are, or should be, unionized or protected by OSHA’s workplace safeguards).
Yahoo News’s Olivier Knox on a very important public poll
Immigration stakeholders on both the right and left say they have yet to see “Moderate Mitt” appear on this particular issue. In fact, Romney’s immigration policies are regarded as some of the most conservative of the last half-dozen presidential cycles.
“If you’re someone who favors robust enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, Romney is the best presidential candidate that you’ve had in decades,” Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies told Yahoo News. (The center is a conservative think tank that advocates for reduced legal immigration and an end to illegal immigration.) “I would say that he has generally not etch-a-sketched [on the issue],” Camarota added.
"What Romney needs to be is a salesman, but he seems to be behaving like a consultant instead of really selling himself to the American people, and you can’t win a campaign that way."
a Republican strategist who is close to the Romney team, but declined to be named to avoid being frozen out for complaining to the press