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. martin

    If florida had been the state deciding this election as well, we'd right now be undergoing another gore/bush fiasco. something has to be done about the election process in that state!

    November 10, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. anothercitizen

    now that this dog and pony show is over, these elected officials can do what's suppose to be done, work agreements to keep this country from going off a cliff(s),,,imagine if all this monies spent on this show were donated to the vets, homeless...?

    November 10, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. James

    I keep hearing that Obama won the popular vote, not because the nation wanted him as President, but because they were scared of a Romney Presidency. How insulting to the millions of people, like myself, who still feel inspired and hopeful about Obama. Obama is the best President we've had in generations. If you really want change, vote Democrat in two years time.

    November 10, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. works4me

    WANTED: Math teachers. Apply when Scott gets bounced!

    November 10, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Che Bravo!

    Karl Rove will end up on the bottom of a lake with rocks tied to his ankles. Don't mess with the mob's money!

    November 10, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. NoName

    Funny he won all swing states mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    November 10, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. atlhutch

    I don't understand why there is always a problem in Floirda when it comes to presidential elections. Is it that they just do not want to admit that they are in fact a 'blue' state?

    November 10, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Ken

    Gee Thanks Florida for leting us know, what we already knew. Guess Fl Gov was hanging out with Karl Rove! HAHAHAHA LMAO

    November 10, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Michael from Montreal

    On election night, John King of CNN showed a map of the United States made up of large blue patches in the northeast and in the west coast and smaller spots of blue on a mostly red background throughout the rest of the country and then claiming that there was still a lot of work for Obama to do.

    Hmmm...I didn't know that grass, hay, sand, cows and horses were Republican.

    November 10, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Name

    Is it 2016 yet???

    November 10, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. opinion8it

    Hey Repubs - take that mandate and shove it!!!

    November 10, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Name fannie

    Repubs should just give up they won't win again.in order to save money,they should just declare the winner of the democratic convention the next president.

    November 10, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. atlhutch

    I just don't understand why there is always a problem with Florida and presidential elections! Is it that they just do not want to admit that they are in fact a 'blue' state?

    November 10, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. RogueRobots

    If Florida Republicans continue to suppress voting in Democratic districts in future elections, then I suggest that Democrats take the money spent on TV ads and spend it on port-o-potties, lawn chairs, and bottled water so that Florida Democrats can comfortably wait them out. Hey folks, bring out your hibachi grills, a couple of lawn flamingos, and a cooler full of soda pop next time and throw yourselves a big old block party! The press and this nation would love it!

    November 10, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Josaphat Daniels

    Landslide.

    November 10, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Although I have lived in Florida and have many relatives there, I have hated that state for years. However, I love them today and I have a new found respect for the sunshine state. I also want to thank the millions of people (especially the young, the handicapped and the elderly), who stood in line (including my family members), for hours just to make their voices heard.

    I am so proud of my country and may God Bless America.

    November 10, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. barbarianofgor

    How's that feel, Republicans?

    November 10, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Jd48

    Oh florida, C'mon!

    November 10, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. CommonMan

    The country voted for President to follow the policy he is planning to pursue by majority of the citizens. That is Mandate!

    While Republican Congress elected and is represented small precincts within each States. How can this mandate.

    President has powers to override congress policies and proposals if it doesn't fit with overall good of the country and people.

    November 10, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. guest

    Another example of an American tradition; incompetent poll workers in Florida

    November 10, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Tuesday was a day that we knew was inevitable, whether it came in 2012 or later.
    The Republican Party can no longer depend on bigotry and the Bible to survive.
    The pink-and-blue 1950s were fun for some, but they're gone with the wind.
    It's time to move on.

    November 10, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. ghost

    What took you so long, Florida? OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    November 10, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. 351969

    Well, Dick Morris got the 332 right.

    November 10, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. us_1776

    Florida, under the TEA governor Rick Scott, has been turned into a THIRD-WORLD COUNTRY.

    U.N. election monitors.

    4 days and still all the votes are not counted.

    Election day voting lines so long that some people did not get to vote until almost 2 AM the next day.

    A governor that saw what was happening and refused to extend early voting which would have alleviated a lot of problems.

    This is the kind of nonsense that happens when TEA infiltrates your state.

    .

    November 10, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Namebrendafelde

    Sweet the Best Man It President Obama we Love You

    November 10, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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