Adviser says Romney was 'shellshocked' by loss to Obama
As Republicans searched for reasons why they did not gain votes in presidential elections, anonymous Mitt Romney advisers have described what it was like to be with the former governor as he came to terms with his loss.
"He was shellshocked," one adviser said.
Another unnamed senior adviser said that as important battleground states went into President Barack Obama's Electoral College column, they felt their paths to potential victory was narrowing.
The campaign was unprepared for this in part because it had ignored polling that showed the races favoring Obama.
According to CBS News, Romney's advisers said that they expected North Carolina to be called early, but it wasn't. They expected Pennsylvania to be up in the air all night, but it went early for Obama.
After Ohio went for Obama, it was over, but senior advisers said no one could process it.
"We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory," one senior adviser said, adding: "I don't think there was one person who saw this coming."
They just couldn't believe they had been so wrong. And maybe they weren't, the report added.