Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

Mitt Romney's loss may have surprised some, and different news sites across the nation are speculating as to why he lost the 2012 election.

Here are 15 theories from various news sites.

Romney and his opponent
Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press

Some news sites, like
The New Republic and Bloomberg, felt that Romney tried to slide by on the fact that Obama hasn't brought the economy to a higher standing.

"What Romneyland missed was that the race was never entirely a referendum on the struggling economy (which, as it happened, far more people still blame on George W. Bush rather than Obama)," wrote Noam Scheiber in his article for The New Republic. "It was also a referendum on fairness — how else to explain that 60 percent of voters nationally believe the rich should pay more taxes? In that sort of environment, Romney was never going to be an ideal candidate."

Benghazi attack and Romney's approved statement
Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

"The day Romney approved a statement that accused Obama of sympathizing with anti-American interests in the Muslim world, before he learned that attacks in Benghazi killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens," may have played a role in the loss, The Washington Post suggested.

"'We screwed up, guys,' Romney told aides on a conference call that morning, according to multiple people on the call," the Post reported. "'This is not good.'"

Romney and his wealth
Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

Romney seemed to hide mentions about his wealth from his childhood to present-day by failing to share with voters information about his "wealthy upbringing," Businessweek suggested.

"And his discomfort with discussing the wealth he accrued at Bain Capital LLC, particularly his refusal to release more than two years of tax returns, gave ammunition to Democratic charges that he was hiding something or playing by a set of rules reserved for society's elite," the article said.

Romney's connection with women
Alex Brandon, Associated Press

Romney's saying he'd "end funding to Planned Parenthood," likely lost him women voters, according to the Washington Post.

"Obama won women in every swing state," according to another article from the Post.

The supporters of Romney voted for him "because they didn't believe everything he'd been selling them as a candidate," according to the report.

Romney's connection with the middle and lower social class
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

Evangelicals and cultural conservatives — "Good people though they may be," — are no more representative of "the typical American voter than the equally good people of Beverly Hills's ultra-liberal precincts," wrote Richard Cohen from the Washington Post.

Romney's 47 percent gaffe made it harder for him to connect with the struggling middle-class, a Bloomberg article said.

"Romney didn't make a clear case that he would improve the lives of those who are struggling, and he gave them reason to believe he didn't care that they are struggling," according to the article.

In fact, his disconnection to the struggling middle and lower class, lost him votes in Iowa, which felt "his policies would favor the rich," according to an NBC report.

"For Obama, only 10 percent of voters nationally concluded he was out to coddle the high-net-worth set, versus 44 percent who believed he wanted to work for average-income earners," wrote Noam Scheiber, from The New Republic. "For Romney, by contrast, more than half of voters said he was intent on easing the lot of the rich, against roughly a third who thought his heart was with the middle class."

Romney and Hurricane Sandy
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

Romney's condolences for victims of Hurricane Sandy weren't able to help him receive and hold voter support.

"Sandy offered Obama a chance to once again look presidential,"according to CNN.

His policy
Evan Vucci, Associated Press

Americans couldn't grasp onto an uncertain policy that Romney provided, Josh Baro of Bloomberg suggested.

"As long as two years ago, Romney settled on strategic policy ambiguity. Romney and his campaign team thought President Barack Obama was such an obvious failure that they could beat him without advancing a substantive policy agenda of their own," Baro
wrote. "They were banking on voters feeling that any change would be better than the status quo."

Baro believes Romney didn't give a good enough argument of why Romney would have been better for the economy.

His political party
Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

"(Romney) was ultimately defeated less by his own limitations as a leader, and more by the fact that his party didn't particularly want to be reinvented, preferring to believe that the rhetoric and positioning of 1980 and 1984 could win again in the America of 2012," according to the New York Times.

Romney and Ohioans
Tony Dejak, Associated Press

"Only three out of 10 Ohio voters said their family's financial situation was worse than it was four years ago. Romney won those voters by better than a 5-to-1 margin, but there weren't enough of them for him to carry the state," according to NBC.

Romney and the auto-industry
Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

Romney wasn't able to connect with the auto industry after he questioned Obama's bailout of it, according to an NBC article.

This ultimately hurt Romney in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Votes in Ohio were also hurt after Romney's campaign ran an advertisement in Toledo media about "Chrysler moving Jeep production to China" right before the race ended, according to CNN.

Romney and voter contacts
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Romney's campaign tactics of reaching millions of voters through phone calls or knocking on the door may have been less effective, since many of the phone calls were through VOIP-operated phones, which only reached to landline phones, according to CNN.

Also, the volunteers that did go door-to-door weren't trained, the article said.

In contrast, Obama's campaign handed out handwritten notes and focused on smaller towns rather than large cities, according to the report.

Who really is Mitt Romney
David Goldman, Associated Press

Many people failed to see sides of Romney beyond that of family man and businessman, according to Businessweek .

"What a lot of people probably miss is just how personable and fun he is," said South Dakota Senator John Thune in a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Oct. 3, according to the article."When you get a chance to see him up close and personal, he's just a really down-to-earth and warm."

Romney's connection with Latinos
Ravell Call, Deseret News

"One of Mitt Romney's Mexican cousins said on Tuesday that he thinks Mitt lost the election because of the tough stance that he took on immigration issues early on in his campaign, and because he was unable to 'court' Hispanic voters," according to an ABC News article.

According to the Washington Post, "(Romney) recommended making things so tough on undocumented immigrants that they would 'self-deport.'"

"According to the national exit polls, Obama won 71 percent of the Latino vote while Romney won 27 percent," wrote Jordan Fabin, from ABC News.

"Latinos were disillusioned with Barack Obama, but they are absolutely terrified by the idea of Mitt Romney," Ana Navarro, a GOP fundraiser, told

Romney and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Evan Vucci, Associated Press

"For much of the campaign, Romney rarely mentioned his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the people he helped as a Mormon bishop, fearing it would put an unwanted spotlight on a religion viewed with suspicion by some," according to Businessweek.

But for some voters, it kept Romney from becoming personable, the article suggested.

Romney and Paul Ryan
Evan Vucci, Associated Press

"Some wondered aloud about the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as Romney's running mate, suggesting that a Republican from a more winnable battleground state might have made a difference," according to CNN.