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. yelonda

    I will do my part as an american citerzin to help my president.

    November 10, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Poningo

    Woo hoo Florida is done counting. I suppose they reported their final results via telegraph. YAWN.

    November 10, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. mk

    Romney sux

    November 10, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. David R

    Florida – Yet another swing state that Mitt-Wit lost.

    So much for the tea baggers' polls are all lies theory.

    November 10, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Reaper081087

    It wouldn't whether Obama won or lost Florida. Just 303 electorial vote is already a CRUSHING blow for Romney.

    But than again, I am relieved that Obama and Democrats have done well this year!

    November 10, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Al De Veyra

    WRONG! Romney won North Carolina so Obama DID NOT SWEEP ALL THE BATTLEGROUND STATES.

    November 10, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. NameDoug

    Our president is the man for the next four years

    November 10, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Omar Dice

    It tells us the GOP Billionaires, and GOP Millionaires, are not so smart..they thought the whole country was as badly informed as the Tea Party is...
    Just because Rupert Murdock's Fox News has high viewer ratings, does not mean all the viewers believe what Fox News says...can not see through the propaganda...
    I was watching on the morning of 9/11/2001 when the picture of the white van was on all the TV stations and the men were all standing and kneeling, in front of that white van, smiling, while across the river in the background the Twin Tower's were burning..later the Fox News Staff was busy trying to deny that picture even existed..
    Rupert Murdock sold a lot of political ads this year on his vast media network.. Rupert Murdock made a lot of money off this election..Just how much of the 6 billion spent this year, ended up in Rupert Murdock's hands..The GOP Billionaires, and Millionaires, were fooled, were wrong at judging the American voter...the Majority of Americans can still think and reason for themselves.....
    You can see why the GOP Rich dislike Unions.....When a group of workers do not believe the corporation lies...it makes the owners really mad....

    November 10, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Patricia

    it was so obiovous that president Obama was going to win he is a very humble man and shows that he wants fairness for all americans. And we as americans need to go forward and trust him to fix this country. UNLESS people want a communist president who will not give the people choices in there own lifes.

    November 10, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. yelonda

    I believe in one nation and that being devided we will fall.lets get undevided.

    November 10, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Lynn

    Why should we have to concern ourselves with people who can't afford health insurance? It is an outrage! That is our money! We are doing just fine. Leave our money alone. Let's scrap that whole thing. Every state should have the God-given right to leave the poor and under-employed in the cold with their healthcare issues. I mean, as Pat Robertson once said, "If someone gets their head bashed in, they have access to emergency room treatment." (He really said that) ........ Seriously now, I thank God for the reelection of Barack Obama, and for all who made it happen, for this and several other reasons. Politically conservative Christians should be utterly ashamed of themselves, and someday will. AMERICA won on Tuesday!!

    November 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Gholam

    Congratulation Florida for better Healthcare and education
    All american united moving forward for better tomorrow.

    November 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Don

    Where do people get the idea that their insurance rates will triple and they must give 35% of their income to Obama. My sister anf two brothers are dreading that expense. It has to be false!

    November 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. OBAMACARE is here to stay ladies and gentlemen

    About times...

    November 10, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Mopery

    Hah! Suck on that, Karl Rove!

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

    North Carolina was a "toss up" throughout the campaign with each candidate leading in the polls at different times. Therefore, your headline is incorrect. Obama did not "sweep all battlegrounds". In addition to North Carolina, the Republican candidate also regained Indiana, which is worthy of note. Rather than manufacture a fantasy that Obama won in a landslide resulting in some kind of progressive mandate, lets face reality. The dude barely won in the battleground states he did care (relative to '08) and half the nation would have fired him. What is "he" going to do to improve that situation?

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

    It's all Obama's fault!

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

    This is all I hear: Candidate A spent X dollars more than Candidate B, that's why he won. Obama didn't win because he spent more in Florida, Obama won because his ads were spot on, to use Romney's characterization of his own ads when asked by a reporter why he was still running debunked information. Obama's information was accurate and it was damaging to Romney because Romney was a bad candidate, a guy with too much baggage and an untrustworthy character. Unlike most electorates in the past, this one knows the difference, we're not just a bunch of idiots that go with the loudest voice.

    November 10, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Joanna Kragt

    Ah Florida! You were too late for the party–but you're looking good in BLUE!

    November 10, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Tar Heel

    He didn't win NC. If NC isn't a swing state, it will be in 2016.

    November 10, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. miten

    I am glad obama won that all i need

    November 10, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Obamabus

    Well, I guess it's ok if Plans bought the election.

    November 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Nicoly

    I live in NE Florida, a bastion of right wing nutcases. They have heaped shovelfuls of hate and slander on our President, going along gleefully with all the birther, terrorist, communist, criminal, redistributor of wealth, liar and welfare king nonsense along with a healthy dose of good old fashioned racism. I am proud of my fellow Floridians who did not buy into this nonsense, and to the rest of you, I only have one thing to say: hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! See ya'!

    November 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Tim Rigney

    Seems to me that's jumping the gun a little bit – - – <1% difference?

    November 10, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. John Dayner

    He ran the board, in part, because he and his workers know how to campaign. A lot has been written about the "ground game"; that's just smart politics, the result of his experience as a community organizer. House by house, neighborhood organization by neighborhood organization, his campaign buttonholed people and got their support. He communicated that he cared about the average Joe, and it paid off.

    November 10, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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