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. Joe Ma-Zaa

    The message couldn't be more clear; "Mitt, you're FIRED."

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

    Come on, heaven can wait but election can't. Florida is again an embarrassment for the nation. I'm just glad no one could use Florida to steal another election...

    November 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Gary Johnson

    Pulled a Ralph Nader ala the 2000 election style

    November 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Expat American

    332 Electoral votes. Brilliant. Romney is humiliated.
    It's unfortunate, however that The President did not win IN and NC.
    Maybe Romney and his tough talkin' son have learned their place.

    November 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. miamimike

    Glad to hear we're Blue and it only took us 6 days to tally the vote! Florida, yes!

    November 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. JerPell

    Hopefully as all Americans hope, that congress hogties Obama so he can't damage this country anymore, now that he is a lame duck president!

    November 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Die hard liberal in OR

    May the best man win. So glad Romney lost. Such a loooooserrrrrr.

    November 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Midwest_Mangler

    No surprise that Obama won Florida. There was something fundamentally wrong with Romney's campaign when he and his running mate couldn't win the states they were from or elected in (Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Michigan). It's not like Obama and Biden lost the states they're connected to (Illinois, Hawaii, Delaware and Pennsylvania). If you can't win the states you're from or were elected in during a presidential election, it says something about your candidacy and you don't deserve to win.

    November 10, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. FG

    Is the election over now, PLEASE?

    November 10, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. miamimike

    Sorry, 5 days. Did someone say we have trouble counting down here?

    November 10, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Spock500

    Congratulations, Mr. Obama, and to the voters in Florida for braving those longs lines!

    And this final tally should rightfully deliver a thundering slap to the face of Gov. Rick Scott (who by the way, was a key player in perpetuating the biggest Medicare fraud in US history and got away "Scott" free) and his Republican henchmen, who blatantly attempted to suppress the Democratic vote in Florida with their dubious legislative schemes. Mr. Scott should hang his head in shame over this.

    We, the people, Mr. Scott. We the people...

    November 10, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Rafael Periera

    This article is incorrect. Ohio did not put Obama over the top. Based on CNN projections declaring the state winner, Obama was at 272 electoral college votes when Colorado was declared, well before Ohio, Virginia and Florida were declared on election night. Please let's get off this Ohio kick.

    November 10, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. bermille

    To me this means there is a strong possibility 2014 will NOT be 2010 but the democrats retaking the house.

    November 10, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. mh

    Job well done

    November 10, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Barry

    Icing on the cake.

    November 10, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. 1608

    Nice place to visit, wouldn't want to vote here.

    November 10, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Name Pete

    Republicans idealogies are of more extreme which might have work in fifties sixties seventies,but they have to have a more inclusive base and tolerance.The world has change and is pushing us to be more Godly.The party that demonstrate these absolutes will likely to win.

    November 10, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Cliff

    This race was not even close.

    November 10, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. kerstalis

    And the country gives a flying fck about their weird state or slow votes.

    November 10, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. NameJoseph

    Now that all votes are in and Obama is a 2nd term President, lets see if Congress will work together for once and solve issues or still be another laughing branch of the American Politics.

    November 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Eram

    BOO-YAWW!!!!

    November 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. MBW

    Florida is a laughting stock of the nation in the way they conduct elections. If they would quit "jiggy-witting" the elections to insure a Republican victory, their elections would be more fair, and the outcome would be determined sooner. But if Republican legislatures didn't gerrymander, enact legal obstacles to registration, disqualify voters after they were registered, or make ballots difficult to decipher by minorities, then there would be no Republicans elected to office.

    November 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. chiniquy

    Congratulations Mr President! The majority of Americans have spoken.

    November 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. modmike

    The GOP sure did get a thrashing on election day! Just sayin...

    November 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. basomaning

    Well done and congrats Mr Obama.

    November 10, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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