How Orca’s failure may have cost Mitt Romney thousands of votes

by: Joe HindyNovember 11, 2012

Mitt Romney
If there is one thing that republicans and democrats can agree on, it’s that everyone is happy this election season is finally over. After several months of being assaulted by ad campaigns and ridiculous debate quotes, everyone can get back to the business of living. However, Mitt Romney and his team will be spending the next couple months figuring out where they went wrong. An application called Orca may have been one of them.

For those who don’t know, Orca was an application developed by the Mitt Romney campaign to help volunteers. Essentially, it let them check off who had already voted and who hadn’t. This allowed for things like projections and volunteers know who they needed to call to get more votes in.

Granted, there aren’t a whole lot of people out there who respond to being constantly called by campaign volunteers. However, if done on the right day, like election day, it might have bolstered a small percentage of people to get up and go vote.

So what happened with Mitt Romney’s Project Orca?

If it is any indication, a trademark quote from those involved was, “Orca is lying on the beach with a harpoon in it.” If that gives you any indication of how well it actually went. According to The Verge, the app was a monumental disaster.

There were just a myriad of issues. People trying to log into the app were having their pins rejected. Orca actually crashed on election day for half an hour during the heat of the voting day. It eventually crashed altogether. According to the Huffington Post there were duplicates checklist items and FAQ answers that didn’t match the questions. It was a total mess.

The big question is whether or not Orca affected Mitt Romney’s chances of success. It’s very likely that it didn’t affect the overall outcome of the election. However, every vote counts and you just never know when even a a few thousand votes will matter. Do you think projects like Orca will play a more major roll in future elections? Let us know your thoughts.

  • rsanchez1

    Absolutely projects like Orca will play a huge role in future elections, if done right. Having access to real-time, first-hand voter statistics will allow candidates to get the most bang for their buck, so instead of throwing a billion dollars all around the country, their campaigns can be focused and decide where to spend money even down to the street level. Having a goal system where volunteers are assigned x votes per district could also be a huge boost if there are thousands of volunteers across the country and each of them gets hundreds of voters on board, all volunteers being organized centrally through an Orca-like system. The campaign can see where volunteers are getting momentum in critical districts and give them the money infusion they need to get the ball rolling.

    Orca was just baby steps. Centralized campaign apps will be big.

  • MasterMuffin

    Going to android authority to read the news of USA…

  • Romney lost because he wants to tax the poor and let the rich stay rich

  • He didn’t lose because of an app… There’s a few deal breakers with the guy…

  • PS: Never want to hear Mitt Romney ever again please.

  • strider_mt2k

    Yeah…the app cost them votes.


  • ORCA was not meant to turn out the vote. It was meant to give Karl Rove cover when he STOLE the vote. Rove knew all the polls were against him, and he intended to steal the election anyway. When he did, he was going to point to ORCA and say that the polls were wrong because they had this clever computer system that really helped them out. Now, the clever system is the convenient fall guy to blame. Rove’s vote stealing was thwarted by “Anonymous”, the hackers who installed a program called “The Great Oz”: on Rove’s servers on election day, denying him access and making it impossible for him to tamper with results.