That’s the vote margin of victory for President Barack Obama in Vigo County, Indiana, whose voters have predicted the winner of the presidency for more than half a century.
With the county seat in Terre Haute, Vigo has been right each and every time since 1956. It is the nation’s finest bellwether county of presidential prediction.
With all precincts reporting — though results are not official until later this month — the county clerk reported that Obama led Mitt Romney by 162 votes. Romney won the state overall, with Obama not making a play for it and essentially conceding Indiana early on to his challenger.
Roxana Tiron reports that since 1888 Vigo has voted for the winning candidate with only two exceptions, according to data compiled by election historian Dave Leip. Voters were wrong in 1908, when they chose William Jennings Bryan over William Howard Taft, and in 1952, when they favored Senator Adlai Stevenson from neighboring Illinois over Dwight Eisenhower.