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. Anonymous

    Has anyone told Florida we no longer care about their ballots?

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. ForGoodOfAll

    Yea!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Name Tyna

    Obama 332 – 206 Romney Hmmmmmm.............not bad!

    November 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. rker321

    As a Floridian, who happens to be quite embarrassed regarding the spectacle of the Florida election. They should all get fired. If this is the best that they can do, there is something wrong with the way that they are doing it. Scott, is partly to blame by cutting early voting from 14 days to 7 he contributed to this debacle. I don't think that we are going to forget any of thin in 2014.

    November 10, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. catsnake

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

    November 10, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. scranton300

    Finally. Now let's get on with it.

    November 10, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Stan

    Why is Florida always the last state to certify it's results? Can't they get their act together? California has more people and more electoral votes, but was able to certify their results by 11:30 Eastern! What the Hell?

    November 10, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. storminmormon

    Umm.. Didn't we know this days ago? Not really breaking news.

    November 10, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. FIanly

    Its about flipping time!

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

    Who cares now...the country's gone anyways.

    November 10, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. John

    Way to go Florida! Now if you can only count faster! It was only one county Miami/Dade again holding everything up.
    Amazing how after 12 years to learn how to get it right it still almost takes them a week to count votes, one of the last states to finnish voting is CA and its a huge state with tens of millions of voters yet we can count all the votes in hours, tiny Miami/Dade county takes over 5 days, good thing it was moot this time.

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

    Finally, our long national nightmare has come to a close.

    November 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. n, tx

    Romney and all your money could not buy u election plus all the 100 million plus from Sheldon and Koch brothers.

    November 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Michael Olenick

    It's finally official; Romney was trounced in the electoral college.

    November 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. JohnRJohnson

    Amazing that Obama was able to do this despite the massive efforts of the Republican governor to make voting more difficult if not impossible for likely Obama voters in that state. Governor Rick Scott's actions during this election cycle have been criminal.

    November 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Shelley Ann Burke

    Thank God we were not waiting to get the final vote count from Florida to decide who won the election.

    November 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Yeah!

    Thank god! Without FL, Obama would be in trouble.....

    oh wait...

    November 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Doug

    Thank Gov Scott for that one..

    November 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. pixelogre

    So 332 to 206 electoral, 51% of the vote and won every battleground state besides NC. Not the drubbing McCain took, but I would call that decisive.

    November 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. art336

    yawn

    November 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. CriticalThinker

    Makes me smile every time!

    November 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. VEW2012

    Florida republicans should hang their heads in shame, four days later than the rest of the country due to sorry attempts at massive voter suppression.

    November 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Care?

    November 10, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. bullock w

    I said warning people what happened about fraud check scam from afrcian amercian.
    Thank you

    November 10, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Dasea

    The Shia death squads helped stabilize Iraq just as much as David Patraeus sleeping everything he could get his hands on. He was a low character man who played with other's lives both on our side and from places around the world to make minimal gains against Islamic extremism which have since been lost due to backlashes in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and also Iraq. It reminds this commenter of a smart man who once said, "To have a good career as a gambler take a dollar bill out of your pocket fold it and put it in your shoe, then walk out of the casino" It is lucky we have so many good dead American leaders who won't respond to being publicly defaced by any similarities at command style to the Rumsfield era Armed Forces generalship

    November 10, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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