Jewish World Review Nov. 11, 2004 / 27 Mar-Cheshvan, 57645

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The myth of the evenly divided electorate | An honest examination of election results rebuts conventional wisdom about an evenly divided electorate.

First, the numbers show that Bush's final percentage of the popular vote is closer to 52% than 51%, giving him a margin approaching 5% — well beyond most predictions.

Second, Bush proved competitive in every corner of the country, while Kerry emphatically did not. Bush received at least 44% of the vote in 45 of the 50 states — including such Democratic bastions as California, New Jersey and Connecticut — but Kerry fell below 44% in twenty states, and below 40% in thirteen of those!

Moreover, Kerry's support came disproportionately from four instinctively, unshakably Democratic groups — blacks, Jews, gays, and Muslims — who portrayed themselves as menaced victims and voted for Kerry nearly 9 to 1, despite disagreements on most issues.

Among the 80% of the voting population that's neither black, Jewish, Muslim nor gay, Bush carried an overwhelming 63% of the vote.

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JWR contributor, author and film critic Michael Medved hosts a daily three-hour radio talk show broadcast in more than 120 cities throughout the United States. His latest book, written together with his wife, is Saving Childhood : Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence . You may contact him by clicking here.

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