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Romney came close in several swing states, losing the key Ohio vote by some 2 percentage points, Virginia by 3 points and Colorado by 4. Had he won those and come out on top in Florida — which was still counting results Wednesday — Romney would be the president-elect.
"Mitt ran a great campaign," says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who traveled often with the candidate or stumped for him in battleground states. "He was a wonderful candidate; he was everything we had hoped he would be."
Needed to win » 270
President Barack Obama » 303
Mitt Romney » 206
Still counting — Florida » 29
Voters knew the country was off-track, Chaffetz said, but weren’t willing to change out an incumbent for someone new.
"Those aren’t the reasons Mitt Romney lost," the congressman added. "I just think the president won. And there’s a difference."
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