WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — President Barack Obama secured his re-election to another four years in office as the Electoral and popular votes trickled in early Wednesday morning. But his margin of victory in both the Electoral College and popular vote is much slimmer in comparison to his win in 2008.
In 2008, Obama defeated Republican Sen. John McCain with 365 Electoral votes, while McCain had only 173 votes. This year, Obama holds 303 Electoral votes over GOP challenger Mitt Romney’s 206 Electoral votes – neither count includes Florida’s votes, which are still being painstakingly processed in a razor-thin race.
But the biggest difference in election numbers is seen in the popular vote of Americans.
In 2008, Barack Obama won 66,882,230 votes across the country, or 53 percent of the total vote, according to the final New York Times, CNN and CBS News polls. While in this election, Obama has so far only won over 59 million votes, or 50 percent of the votes still currently being tallied late into Wednesday morning.
In contrast, Romney has won nearly 57 million votes across the country, or 48 percent of the popular vote. The two candidates are separated by only a single percentage point of the popular vote as both candidates wrap up their respective post-election speeches.
In 2008, McCain lost to Obama with 58,343, 671 votes, or 46 percent of the total vote.
Obama may ultimately fall short of the margin he won by four years ago – roughly seven percentage points nationally – in part because he performed worse among independents. The president won 52 percent to 44 percent among in 2008 independents, according to CBS News.
This year, the CBS News exit poll showed Romney winning by four points among that group, which made up 30 percent of the electorate.