The Daily Rundown | November 29, 2012
>>> barack obama was projected to be the winner of the 2012 election at 11:12 eastern time by nbc news and msnbc on election night . the next day the president led by two percentage points in the popular vote , roughly a 2.6 million vote lead in the raw vote. well, 22 days later, we're still collecting data and the president's lead over mitt romney is actually growing, thanks to our friend david wasserman at the political report who has been keeping the vote tallies up to date. the president's vote total actually increased by 2 million to a lead of over 4 million votes, 4.5 million votes. here is the current total here, 65 million votes for the president. if you round it up it would be 51. for mitt romney 47%. not exactly a number he wants to be thinking about. let's go through a few states. in florida what we reported on election day was at the recount number, less than 50,000 vote lead for the president. his lead expanded to about 75,000, still less than a percentage vote. florida clearly incredibly close. ohio was a two-point margin on election day . on election night after the election it's gotten up to three points with rounding, 51-48 as you can seechlt ohio getting close to the national average. then there is virginia which has been on the national number. on election day it was 51.48. it's expanded to 51-47. then colorado , 51-47 on election day . the big surprise is with rounding, 52-46. we'll talk about colorado in a minute. let's bring in my colleague at the white house , nbc 's mike viqueira, former adviser to george bush and sarah feagin and doug thorn nell. welcome all. good to be with you. sarah, the colorado number is the one most striking. these provisional ballots has come in. it takes this country three weeks to count votes. it's a good thing we weren't waiting here. we've been through one of those. colorado , that's the one that surprised me.
>> it surprised a lot of people.
>> not a large african-american population. a hispanic population that is more conservative in nature, one that there was an expectation that romney, if he didn't win, was only going to lose by a point.
>> i think both sides misread colorado .
>> they both did. the obama campaign thought it would be razor close.
>> there is a challenge which is we can't be down five or six points in states that used to be reliably republican.
>> this is not very fun loving for colorado .
>> or at least swing republican and expect to and expect a chance at a governing majority any time soon. we have a lot of work to do. the underlike tenets is younger, hispanic. these are things that the party needs to figure out how to better communicate.
>> it sounds like the great litmus test. as virginia goes, so goes america, the closest of the two. if they ever fix it in colorado , they may be able to fix it everywhere else.
>> they looked at how michael bennett ran his senate race two years ago. very tough environment for democrats. he was able to win. they stitched together a similar coalition of young voters, of women and is a problem for republicans as you move west. if this is not a place where they can compete, that's a real problem.
>> and let me get mike in here. colorado is -- denver is really sort of -- i know stewart stevens and others have said they won swing voters , butt swi but the swing part of the country is the suburb and the president won the sub about yours.
>> a demographic that is indicative of the democratic coalition .yours.
>> a demographic that is indicative of the democratic coalition . no coincidence that the president is going to a suburban area tomorrow to campaign outside philadelphia. those collared counties.
>> suburbs are everything.
>> i worked with them. i have great admiration for his creative genius. i didn't -- i didn't think we were watching the same election in many respects. and like i said, losing is hard.
>> you put it well. losing is hard. let's take a quick break. trivia time. we asked if jeb bush were to be nominated for president or vice president in 2016 , he and george w. bush will only be the second set of brothers to both be nominated to national office. name the first. the answer is the bryan brothers . william skrening ijennings and charles. the younger brother was the vice presidential nominee on the 1924 losing democratic ticket. thanks to nbc 's will rabb for that question. if you have a political trivia question, eflt mail