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. John Excell

    Why To go Obama For more years is good enuff with me!!

    November 10, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. About Time

    Eh...we don't want Florida anymore. We got all we needed and more on Tuesday.

    November 10, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. margaret newland

    What about the 600,000.00 votes not counted in Arizona

    November 10, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. TigersClaw

    The only people surprised by Obama's win are the echo-chamber radical right wing. Almost all the polls showed Obama consistently ahead by 2 to 3 points in all the battlegrounds except North Carolina. And then he won them all, except North Carolina. This is par for the course for the tea party types. If facts disprove their beliefs, then the facts must be being spun by the "MSM" or there is some other crazy conspiracy afoot. How about this for an explanation: The American electorate weighed everything you had to say and just disagreed with you? Not because we like the "freebies" (really insulting to seniors and the disabled) or are lazy (transparently racist) but because we just disagree?

    November 10, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Penny Wright

    Yes we can!

    November 10, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Txguy

    Nice of you Florida to finally catch up.

    November 10, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. America1st

    Paul Ryan and Florida – not a chance. Vouchers in Florida – give it a break. The more people read, the more Florida was upended. Ryan and his cohorts push that again, and Florida will never be in the R column again.

    November 10, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. bitwcreator

    The reason President Obama was re-elected can be seen in the images from the two respective headquarters on election night. As the camera swept the crowd at Romney headquarters, all I saw was white people. There's nothing wrong with that at all, but, it reminded me of a stuff-shirt, exclusive party for society's upper crust. As the camera swept Obama headquarters, I saw white people, black people, asian people, hispanic people, native americans, middle eastern people, old people, young people, middle-aged people, straight people, gay people, ritzy people, common people, and people of all walks of life celebrating together. It reminded of a party that EVERYONE is invited to and no one is left behind. This is the kind of America our country should always aspire to be and so it made sense to me that President Obama was re-elected and that the right man won the Presidency again.

    November 10, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Clyde

    One more victory for the our wonderful leader. And Dick Cheney predicted he would be a 1 term president. Cheney you were wrong AGAIN.

    November 10, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. The Observer

    Landslide Victory then...Thats all

    November 10, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Duh

    Almost a week after the elections, Florida is not done counting their vote. This IS UNACCEPTABLE!!! Heads should roll and the Governors should be the first to go.

    November 10, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. ChicagoGuy

    I am still trying to figure out what really happened last Tuesday. This is just amazing!

    November 10, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. GTR

    Who cares. Obama won. It's over. The "News", is by definition new. This is not.

    November 10, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Ben

    Timely.

    November 10, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Gabriel Alcazar

    It seems likely, with an ever growing Latino (Catholic) voting presence, that no non-Christian will ever be elected President of the U.S. whether or not his running mate is a Catholic.The Catholic Church has never regarded Mormonism as a Christian religion in fact it is considered a Cult. Miami Cubanos referred to Romney as "El Diablo" and cursed Ryan for his treachery. The Mormon problem and his tax returns already killed Romney's '08 bid and he was..what? ..still the best thing Karl Rove could come up with in 2012? Evangelical Romney supporters sold out Christianity this election for political allegiance. The Demon Joel Osteen's endorsement of Romney proved to us that he was of the devil.

    November 10, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Mia

    If GOP supporters continue to the insist Obama won because people want stuff for free...they'll continue to lose future elections. I suppose for some people, though, it's easier to blame others rather then admitting you are wrong.

    November 10, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Namejanek

    Who care's

    November 10, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. barac

    Oh God, I was so worried.

    November 10, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. lucius jordan

    The people have spoken.

    November 10, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

    Landslide = Mandate.

    Deal with it.

    November 10, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Name maxwell mystic

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    November 10, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Are you kidding me?

    Conservatives are still recovering from their heart attacks. This further solidifies that the money and effort from the far right was wasted. If they worked in good faith to help make things better then they would have a better argument for consideration. Saying no all the time does not get you anywhere.

    Well done Mr. President
    Signed a moderate republican.

    November 10, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Jzapata

    Wow, all the battle ground states. Now that's good old fashion smash mouth football. He said he had the best ground game in the business. Told Romney and Fox News (KR) what he was going to do, they were waiting for him and he still ran all over them. What makes this amazing is that Romney is terrific and would also have made a great President. To win over such a great man with all the resources that money can buy will be a story told for generations to come. Can't wait to tell my grand children. Hates off to CNN for great coverage.

    November 10, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Paul Jacquelin

    I'm congratulate myseft because my pivot president excelence Barack Obama won florida state by his great effort. Thanks to alls who votes.

    November 10, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. tracy

    Wow – the president wins all 8 of the supposed toss up states . Romney only did a little better than mccain

    November 10, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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