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. CitizenWe

    This will all make no difference unless we as a people put aside our differences and work together to solve the major problems we face. Here's to optimism!

    November 10, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. gop_the_failure

    A moot point at this time but still nice to rub it in that Obama won. AGAIN.

    November 10, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Jeb

    Obama wins Florida despite Republican's best effort to stop Florida voters from voting.

    November 10, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Steve

    I would love to see republic math used to try to refute this. Not that matters.

    November 10, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Jez

    This is great! Republicans got creamed in this election. That's what they get for letting crazed haters control their party.

    November 10, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Floridaisahugemess

    Way to go Florida! you have finally spoken; 4 days late.
    Does Florida even matter in POTUS elections anymore?
    What a Joke!

    November 10, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Kevin

    As a "severly conservative" Republican who flipflopped and was out-of-touch, Mitt Romney would have had the same results if he just won the GOP niomination and carried only the safe Republican-leaning states, which is exactly what happened. He lost every single swing state, now confirmed by Florida going to Obama. As a progressive Republican who believes in using tax cuts by cutting taxes for corporations only if they use the majority of those tax cuts to help the poor and working class, such as building affordable housing, paying into the food stamp program, and raising the minimum wage, the corporations will nonetheless find it profitable under my administration to pursue societal good as that will coincide with increasing their bottom line. That is why I will win the swing states when I am old enough to run for President.

    November 10, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. ElectroDee

    The cherry on top for Obama's win!

    November 10, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Name

    Good!

    November 10, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. jvmed

    In their inability to hold/count an election, Florida passes Louisiana as the northernmost banana republic!

    November 10, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. BB

    Five days later. Come on! Florida needs to get it together. They need some leadership. Ridiculous!

    November 10, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Martin

    Electoral college landslide. Thanks Mitt, for your campaign and Obomneycare.

    November 10, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. rick

    Why does Florida have such a hard time with Elections ??

    November 10, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Alex

    Obama should send Romney 60 Electoral Votes for Christmas... so it could have been close.

    November 10, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Floridaisahugemess

    Regardless of who you supported, Lets be happy these clowns didn't have to decide the election.

    November 10, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. olufemi

    Congratulation my president.

    November 10, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. mario

    I knew it! Nail biter anyways. Well worth the wait for such great news!

    November 10, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Joe

    What is Florida's malfunction that they can't count election ballots?

    November 10, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. cory

    congrats my president :-)

    November 10, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. labman57

    So why the delay? One likely scenario:
    The final results kept coming up with Obama winning the state, and so Rick Scott ordered election officials to "go back and keep recounting the votes ... until they got it right!"

    Eventually, Governor Voldemort had to admit that his nefarious efforts to selectively suppress the vote had failed.

    November 10, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    obama we need imigration reform

    November 10, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Howdy Doody

    Sadly for those who really want the truth...after looking at the election result exit polls there is almost no doubt in my mind that the CHIEF FACTORS ARE ALONG RACIAL LINES! If there are any other factors nearly as important I would say that YOUNG WOMENS REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS also made the presidential election....As for all the talk of immigration and the hispanic vote I find that secondary and not as important as the media is making out to be....Latinos are subject to a lot of prejudice from whites....this is common knowledge and the immigration problem just worsens that and so Latinos are not likely to vote for MR WHITE AND SPARKILING over the black man...they will in many ways including socioeconomic considerations Which are perhaps THE GREATEST FACTOR FOR LATINO AMERICANS side with Obama the darker man over Mr Clean Romney whom they are bound to see as external to their aspirations AND EXCLUSIONARY.......so for the most part the causes of this outcome in my opinion is RACE, SOCIOECONOMIC AND WOMENS REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ....THANKS TO CNN kudos to cnn for that just keep it clean and honest and we all appreciate that knowledge of who actually voted and why. P.S. BLACK AMERICANS VOTED 93 PERCENT FOR OBAMA! White 60 – 39 for Romney...and personal knowledge of people tells me RACE-SOCIAL-STANDING IS A HUGE FACTOR IN THOSE NUMBERS.

    November 10, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. andy

    Insult to injury

    November 10, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. Moderate Republican (Extinct)

    Hey GOP leadership, grow a pair and tell Rush, Hannity and the Tea Party that they don't speak for me!!! I hate what they have done to my party!! Stop alienating and insulting African American, Latinos, Asians, women, hell everyone!!! This is why we lost!!!! Stop spinning this or we will continue to lose.

    November 10, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Drdoodle

    GOP note to self...
    Do not use religious propaganda to win elections...
    People want to be able to choose not to have fairy tale believes imposed to them...
    "God" doesn't give a damm about the elections...

    November 10, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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