Johnson listened to Rove, ignored West Virginia, and Al Gore was elected president despite losing Florida by 538 votes.
Of course, it did not happen that way. Coal billionaire Buck Harless, who lived a plain life among the miners in his hometown of Gilbert, West Virginia, convinced the Bush campaign to invest resources in his home state.
Democrats had taken West Virginia in 14 of the 17 previous presidential elections. Clinton and Gore carried the state by 14 points in 1996.
But Johnson and Harless and others worked hard and flipped the state Republican, winning by 6 points.
Now what is this nonsense that Trump cannot flip blue states?
Ten of the 15 states Trump listed went to Obama in 2012. They represent 204 of the 332 Electoral College votes he won.Wow! Trump camp announces 15 in play states for general - plus @realDonaldTrump is beating #CrookedHillary in Oregon pic.twitter.com/gYiFkghHZy— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) May 29, 2016
Obama took New York by 28 points, California by 23, Maine by 20, Michigan by 9, Wisconsin by 7, Minnesota by 7, New Hampshire by 5, Pennsylvania by 5, Virginia by 4, Ohio by 3, and Florida by 1. Thus, seven are closer than the 14-gap Bush closed to win West Virginia in 2000. If Trump keeps Romney's states and flips those seven, he will beat Clinton or Sanders 332-216.
If he wins like that, Trump also will have completed Barack Obama's destruction of the Democratic Party. Obama did it at the state level. Trump will do it nationally.