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. chriscollingwoodfanclub

    Didn't your mama tell you Florida – that it's better to rip off the bandaid from your owie fast rather than drag out the pain?

    November 10, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. lucius jordan

    What kind or lie or y"all going to tell now.

    November 10, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Don

    Well is that is true, that is really bad news for the GOP, but great for our new country. The Young, women and minorities are standing up, and moving forward.

    November 10, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Maria

    About 90 millions American did not vote, they stayed home for whatever reason. If they voted then Obama would have additional 60 million votes.

    November 10, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Hollywood

    Its all over. The fat lady has sung. Now lets get to work.

    November 10, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. chriscollingwoodfanclub

    Didn't your mama tell you Florida – it's better to rip off the bandage from your owie fast rather than drag out the pain?

    November 10, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. DC from NJ

    Thanks Governor Scott, for your totally ineffective attempt at voter suppression! All you did was encourage more people to come out to vote, some of whom had to stand in line for hours to prove that they couldn't be intimidated. I am very thankful for their sacrifice. And I sincerely hope that they reward you by voting you out of office at the next election.

    November 10, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. FL girl

    What a surprise

    November 10, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Skeptic

    Romney has $250 million in wealth. He could have thrown in $40 million of them in Florida if he wanted to.

    November 10, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. BlackDynamite

    Barack Obama
    The People's President
    BD

    November 10, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Siesta Beach

    The best man won. It will be a bigger win for Democrats in 4 years. Old White men no longer rule this country.

    November 10, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. wanda williams

    I'm so Proud of my President

    November 10, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Lawless4U

    I am glad it's a done deal. This proves that the right isn't always able to rig an election in the deep, deep south.

    November 10, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Greater Good

    About time, Florida. Maybe one of these days you'll get it together.

    November 10, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. sj72

    Way to go Mr. President!

    November 10, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Scott Walker should be impeached for trying to suppress voting, even though it didn't work.

    November 10, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. wanda williams

    I'm so Proud of my President,in 2004 you said YES WE CAN,and we did,in 2012 we are going FORWARD,keep God first above all things,it will all work together for the good.

    November 10, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. nc_mike

    Now its a mandate – especially coming with winning Florida of all states.

    November 10, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Curtis Castor

    Your 3:30pmET talking newshead is full of BS. She should get her facts straight before vomiting forth brainless misinformation … as news.

    For her information:

    1. Preparation for the US Revolutionary War began before 1776.
    2. The USMC was founded in 1775 … NOT 1779 … as reported

    November 10, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. u1s1a1

    Thank God the rest of the country decided the election otherwise we would be seeing some endless recounts in Florida.

    November 10, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. David Fillmore

    It's a disgrace and a joke to the election process that Florida can't count their votes in one night like everybody else.

    November 10, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Patrick

    North Carolina wasn't a battleground state?

    November 10, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. T-bone

    Florida should be ashamed of itself.
    Not for who they voted for but for their inability to pull off something as simple as an election in one day like the rest of the nation.

    November 10, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. real. ja.

    in basketball terms, you call that a sweep.

    November 10, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Jimmy

    Obama will now compromise. Since he is on his second term he no longer needs to pander to his base. His goal will be his legacy. So he will prioritize his to-do list and focus the top items. The lower priorities will be used as bargaining chips with the Republicans, tributes sacrificed for his top priorities. Gay rights will be one of those sacrifices. Gay marriage was added as an afterthought, late in his campaign, when he thought he was in trouble. Important to the Republicans and low on his priorities, they will be one of the tributes. His tone has already become much more compromising, indicating his willingness to deal...

    November 10, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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