Romney: ‘Leading Democrat’ Thought I Was Going To Win A Week Before Election

Jeffrey Malet

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn’t through parsing over the final days of the 2012 election.

In addition to a slew of polling that, in hindsight, ended up heavily skewing towards his campaign, Mitt Romney pointed to comments made by a “leading Democrat” who thought the former Massachusetts governor defeated an incumbent president one week before the polls closed on November 6.

“I spoke with a leading Democrat, one of the top leaders of the Democratic party and he said, ‘I thought you had won, one week out,'” Romney told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Friday. “This was a very close race. But events occurred. The employment rate dropped below 8% for the first time just weeks before the election. That changed the national mood, the media celebrated that. Had it stayed above 8%, that would have made a difference.

“But all total, you’re not going to spend your time going back and saying, what kind of events could have happened differently,” he added. “I made plenty of mistakes in the campaign. The president made mistakes. No one runs a perfect campaign. The end result was he won, I lost, and you get over that.”

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