Obama to win Florida, CNN projects, sweeping all battlegrounds
November 10th, 2012
12:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to win Florida, CNN projects, sweeping all battlegrounds

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will narrowly win the presidential vote in Florida, CNN projected, based on updated vote totals provided by the counties to the state by Saturday’s noon deadline.

Obama won the state with 50.01% of the vote compared with 49.13% for GOP nominee Mitt Romney, according to those numbers. The incumbent's margin of victory was just shy of 74,000 votes.

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With the Sunshine State's results in – the last undecided state - CNN projects Obama's electoral vote total comes to 332, well above the 270 required to win the presidency. CNN projects Romney to finish with 206 electoral votes.

The state's 29 electoral votes have proved decisive in the past and were expected to be important this year.

But Obama ran the board on Election Day, and it was another heavily contested battleground, Ohio, that put Obama over the top.

Obama's narrow victory in Florida means he has swept all eight of the states CNN, along with other media outlets, rated as "toss-ups," where the vote was within reach of either candidate.

Heading into Election Day, polls had shown a particularly tight race in Florida, a state that is no stranger to close presidential races. Since 2000, the contest has never been decided by more than 5 percentage points.

Obama won Florida in 2008 by 3 percentage points.

Obama outspent Romney in television advertising in the state, according to CNN consultant Kantar Media/CMAG, although Romney visited the state more. Obama spent $69.5 million on ads in Florida to Romney's $42 million. Romney made 33 visits to the state, compared to Obama's 24.


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soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Bessy

    Never had a doubt. Really hurts doesn't it you racists and hate mongers ?

    November 10, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Buckhippo

    There you have it. Hopefully the Republicans will wake up and realize this wasn't even close. Time to grow up conservatives.

    November 10, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Namesguess

    I'm so proud to live a state that still can't count!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Doc Magnus

    Yay!

    November 10, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Glen

    The icing on the cake!!!

    November 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Wheelman

    that's good to know.

    November 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. the situation

    It's about damm time! Nate Silver – The Man. He got all the states right!

    November 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. are122

    This is embarrassing. South Florida should be declared a separate country. Many are unemployed in my area because Obama lied about the Manned Mars Mission. Maybe they can all now at least get free Obama phones.

    November 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Kweso

    Congratulation! Congratulations! I knew that you could do it.

    November 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Steve Romero

    Who cares?

    Too late......day late and dollar short.

    Florida turned out to be unimportant in this match.

    November 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Matt

    Certainly took long enough... What's humorous is how close the popular vote was nationally but Obama destroyed Romney in electoral votes

    November 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. your mom

    First

    November 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. NameCombs

    God has truly blessed America!

    November 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. NameRolph

    And to think- there is intelligent life in Florida
    Who would have believed

    November 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. labman57

    So why the delay?
    The final results kept coming up with Obama winning the state, and so Rick Scott ordered election officials to "go back and keep recounting the votes ... until they got it right!"

    Eventually, even Governor Voldemort had to admit that all of his voter suppression efforts had failed.

    November 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Name Ludmila

    Congratulation democrats! Work well done.

    November 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Schapkj

    Who cares? Florida votes are counted like it is the 16th century. Florida election officials don't have a clue as to what to do.

    November 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. NameCynthia L. Johnson

    Hopeful Florida will have its "Act" together within the next election.. God Bless America!!! Good luck President Obama in all your endeavors.

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Alan Smithee

    A day late and a dollar short

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. avis

    Obviously – if everything is fair !!!

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Se777en

    People are standing up to the bullies.

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. robert

    landslide :)

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. SB

    Since he has already been elected, I fail to see how this is breaking news.

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Jana Courtney Shields Dozier

    In your face, Paul Ryan :) ... Childish but satisfying.

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. catsnake

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew it the whole time :-)

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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