This is an interesting article on the alledged missing 3 million Romney voters:
A score of people this past week have asked me about the three million Republicans allegedly “missing” at the polls this year. For starters, if the Washington Post is to be believed, Mitt Romney received 1.3 million fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008, not 3 million. For the record, Obama received 7.5 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008.
More than 1.1 million of the Republican votes were “lost” in California. It is not that California Republicans turned against Romney. His percentage of the vote was higher than McCain’s in 2008. It is just they know their votes were in vain in that increasingly absurd state. The same is likely true in New York State where Romney fell more than a half-million votes short of McCain’s totals. Excluding these two states, Romney received 300,000 more votes than McCain.
That is important. I can see why Californian Republicans wouldn’t bother to go vote. It pretty much is a waste of time for them. Their time would be better spent on productive things like planning on how they are going to leave the State.
There are anomolies. Apparently in Ohio Romney got nearly 100,000 votes fewer than McCain. Where those votes went is a mystery, and that could have tipped the balance in that state, but that wouldn’t have been enough to win it for Romney.