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Topic: Romney Wasn't Conservative Enough -- Statistically Feasible?
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Bienenfeld, Mel

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Registered: 11/8/12
RE: Romney Wasn't Conservative Enough -- Statistically Feasible?
Posted: Nov 8, 2012 2:00 PM
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That depends on the range of voters you expect would be attracted to a candidate. If we have a bimodal distribution of voters with a great difference between the modes, and if candidates attract a relatively narrow range of voters close to their own position, then it would be far better to be on one of the ends than near the center.

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Subject: Romney Wasn't Conservative Enough -- Statistically Feasible?

Not really sure if this is the correct forum for this, but here goes:

After the presidential election, a number of pundits are saying that gov. Romney lost because >> he wasn't conservative enough <<.

Thinking about this mathematically, I've drawn a simple number line of political affiliation below.
The spectrum extends from 100% liberal (-1) on the left to 100% conservative (+1) on the right.


In order to appeal to the MAXIMUM number of voters, isn't it clear that a candidate should position
himself/herself EXACTLY IN THE CENTER (i.e., at the "0" point along the number line)?

How can one's moving further to the right (away from "0" and closer to "+1") possibly have the effect
of attracting more voters?


-1........................0........................+1
|----------------------|----------------------|
100% Liberal Moderate 100% Conservative
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