Obama to win Florida, CNN projects, sweeping all battlegrounds
November 10th, 2012
12:56 PM ET
1 year 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. Facts don't Lie

    also it is offical that Alan West LOST!! A good day for the state of Florida all around. Now all they need do is get rid of their worthless governor.

    November 10, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Dylan

    If you go by percentage win, it was actually Colorado that put the President over the top, not Ohio.

    November 10, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Bill

    Florida – nobody likes you. You smell like a nursing home, you run children through a tourist grinder, you put silly things on Cuban sandwiches and despite the "Sunshine Laws" you can't seem to figure out how to vote. Nobody really needs to know at this point who you voted for for President. Not like anyone is ever even sure who Florida votes for President even after the votes are tallied.

    November 10, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Umsu

    Now Go back to your closet Romney.

    November 10, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. bresson

    332 to 206 = Landslide

    November 10, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. former gop

    332 to 206 C'MON MAN!

    November 10, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. PK

    Uploading Obama blow out 3 2 1......

    November 10, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. jbuitron

    Although I'm happy for the President, why does Flor-i-DUH still have election problems? You'd think they would've FINALLY figured it out after being the laughingstock for the last 12 years...

    November 10, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. CA Liberal

    Florida having trouble counting their votes again and again. So what else is new? Maybe they just want to make sure they vote for the winner.

    November 10, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. GWB

    Well, it's only to be expected. The better man and the better party won. Now let's get to work, togther, and solve some problems.

    November 10, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. mb2010a

    So let us begin to heal this great nation of ours...together. ALL of us...

    November 10, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. NoFortunateSon

    Now Obama's just running up the score.

    November 10, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Michael Johnson

    Karl Rove and loyal Fox News viewers are still waiting for Romney to take Ohio. More news at six.

    November 10, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Rich

    Obama stole the vote / AMERICA IS DEAD / etc comments in 3... 2... 1...

    November 10, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. JL

    Congrats to Pres. Obama. But I still think he won this campaign more on style than substance. Romney had more substance and Obama had a patchwork of logical fallacies. But Romney had nutty coaltions and Obama perhaps had the more naive demographic groups.

    November 10, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. thegeorge777888

    A landslide, a wrought, a mandate. Words you will never hear from Republicans. Well sir: you asked for more time, you've got it. Spend it wisely please because Im just about out of it and I've heard the lyrics to your song before.

    November 10, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. gmenfan54

    Florida turned out to be a non-issue for both candidates. President Obama didn't need and it wouldn't have helped Romney.

    November 10, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Raj

    Great. Obama is the hero of the world.

    November 10, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. sheryjones

    It Shouldnot Have Taken So Long To Count Votes! It Makes Voters Think That U R Trying 2 Cheat.

    November 10, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Butch

    The Republican party is in the dumps! The time has come for right wingers to give up their unpopular views on gay marriage and abortion if they want to have a chance in American politics. The republicans should be the donkey because they are so stubborn.

    November 10, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. finsanity

    Telling people that they will get something for nothing, is not good fed gov policy. It may buy you votes in the near term, but cause financial pain in the long term.

    November 10, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Joe

    Good riddance to Florida. They need to get their act together and learn to get their results in on time.

    November 10, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Texapaso

    America has spoken. We do not want here anymore code languages such as take back America. If you find yourself bitter to the point of having heart attacks and strokes or silly thoughts of our country is dome thus wanting to flee to Canada.If you indeed Obam was Born in Kenya and you are one of those who talk of civil wars, If this is you, it simply means you are harbouring hates possibly racist which is an Acid and it destorys the container that holds it. Empty yourself of hate or enoy the feeling you are going through!

    November 10, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Beth

    Obama truly deserved this win. By Republicans trying so hard to surpress the vote all across the country, it made people even more determined to vote.

    November 10, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Obama 2012-1016

    I live in Fl and our vote should count the day of election not five days later what an embarresment to our democracy, very glad it's over.

    November 10, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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