The Ron Paul Effect: How the GOP Threw the Election By Disenfranchising Ron Paul SupportersSubmitted by sailingaway on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 12:45
"New analysis reveals that in no less than five states, Romney’s margin of loss to President Obama in the general election was less than the number of votes received by Ron Paul in that state’s primary.
[Here's a screenshot I made of the table if someone wanted to embed it, I don't know how: http://i.imgur.com/aAXgO.png ]
In Florida, for example, Obama defeated Romney by 46,000 votes; meanwhile, Ron Paul received over 117,000 votes in the primary. If only 40% of these Ron Paul Republicans stayed home on Election Day, it would have been enough to cost Romney the state and its 29 electoral votes.
A similar case can be made for Connecticut, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Virginia. Along with Florida, these five states account for a whopping 71 Electoral College votes. Remember that Obama earned 332 electoral votes compared to Romney’s 206. Had Romney won these five states, they would have been sufficient to give him a narrow 277-261 victory over the President."