For me, this election wasn't about "we're all in this together" vs. "you're on your own," though I wish it had been. It was about whether or not we enable contempt for the electorate as a winning political strategy. A Romney win would have set a lot of awful precedents.
In 1888, Benjamin Harrison beat Grover Cleveland with fewer popular votes by winning lots of states by a few votes and losing the rest of the states big. If you consider the different voter turnout rates in different states, you could win with still fewer votes by winning states with low turnouts.
While the individual contribution limit in France is more than twice as high as the U.S., there are no PACs or Super PACs, and French companies, unions and special interests are not allowed to make political contributions.