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Barone: Obama wins by going negative and turning out base

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Lukewarm. That's the feeling I get from the election numbers. Turnout was apparently down, at least as a percentage of eligible voters. The president was re-elected by a reduced margin. The challenger didn't inspire the turnout surge he needed. Every re-elected president since Andrew Jackson has won with an increased popular vote percentage. Barack Obama didn't. He won 53 to 46 percent in 2008....

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