President Obama's big electoral win in the 2012 president campaign was closer than it might have seemed, the Washington Post reported. Obama defeated Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, Ohio, Florida and Virginia by only 429,000 votes. If Romney could have won just more than half of those voters (a big "if"), he would have won in the Electoral College. Of course, close elections aren't new. John Kerry needed fewer votes than that in 2004 to win Ohio and the presidency, and Al Gore only needed a few hundred votes to win Florida in the 2000 election.