f Romeny could swing that white vote from breaking 29/41 to 27/43 he's the next president. Accoding to this black % of the population is only 12%. So they are over represented in this election - historically black voters are under represented. Perhaps we've reached some great awakening, or perhaps white people just didn't love Romney that much and black people did love Obama.
Would of, could of, should of....
He was hurt by going so far right in the primaries which alienated hispanics (self deportation). The crazy positions and comments there dogged him the whole election. The far right has litmus tests that do not do well in the general election in some ways.
He hurt himself with the 47% comments too and alienated half of the voters. He picked a divisive VP candidate to placate his base with issues regarding entitlements that most Americans do not share.
His own party killed him see Akin and Mourdock and the dumb comments that they made that alienated women and highlighted a medieval world-view. (rape and God and pregnancy).
Dwindling debate performances as well. He owned debate one but was beaten in the final two.
I don't think this was even as close as the press made it. Electorally, which is all that matters it was a landslide. The press made it close for a good story but the pollster from the NYC accurately predicted this whole matter. Nate Silver knew who was winning and he is predicting a landslide for Hillary in 2016 right now. Check out 538.
Obama won latinos, black, young people and the women vote and some white males as well. Romney's appeal was limited.
I think Obama was wise to run as defender of the middle class. Romney didn't run as that and it cost him. Regardless of race, a large percentage of the electorate identifies as middle class.