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. Frank Garrett

    Who cares!

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

    Yes! Sorry Florida we already got this handled. Thanks for trying though.

    November 10, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Sandy

    What a beatdown!

    Thank you Florida for staying in line and having your votes counted.

    November 10, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. NameUnsubg nj

    We all need to start working together

    November 10, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Name Pamma

    Heaven help us

    November 10, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Sam

    Its time to wake up GOP....stop you hate propoganda against , pro choice woman , Latinos , Arabs & Jews ,Gays & Immigrants or you will never ever win any national election again !!!

    November 10, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. jt

    Shamfull that it took this long. Hopefully the democrats will fix the problem. Glad they went blue.

    November 10, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I WAS NEVER A TIGHT RACE AS INDICATED.TH FIRST DEBATE MADE POPLE FELL THAT WAY . Rom is now jobless as the producer of the movie on the killing of Bin laden said. Listen Obama took out Bin laden and ROMNASIA.

    November 10, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. peter

    Well done! Mr President Bet Mitt pooped in his magic undies!

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

    No love for Romney?

    November 10, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. onlyfacts

    I continue to hear Republicans talking about moving to another country, because America is no longer the white mans America. Notice: Need help packing? Ask any Liberal. We like helping others!

    November 10, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Florida Tennis Star

    This is awesome. Next to be fired should be that crazy tea bagger Rick Scott.

    November 10, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. cindy lou who

    bigger issues...like stopping oblammy from using the white house curtains to wipe the fried chicken grease off his fingers......he eats pooch and is a knee grow

    November 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Lane Meyer

    Where were all the out of state jack-booted thugs that flew to Florida in 2000 to pound on the door of the Supervisor of Elections and demand the election be certified prematurely? Since it didn't turn the election this time, I guess the Republicans kept their brown shirts at home.

    November 10, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. UCLA2014

    The conservatives were right it was a landslide but for Obama! 4 more years!!!!!!

    November 10, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. mercury44

    O-ba-MA! O-ba-MA!

    November 10, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. weedouthate

    Now is the time to weed out the hatred and come together as a nation....

    November 10, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. toad

    Republicans have to stop saying no to everything and kick out the Tea Party extremist! Start living in the 21st century instead of the 19th century!

    November 10, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Lola

    Less than 1%. Well within the margin of stealing.

    November 10, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Name Withheld

    Why can't Florida vote?

    November 10, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Alina

    Is the GOP still going to insist this win was a "Squeaker"?

    November 10, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. seanpnicholas

    Only 74K, huh? FYI that's 2x the entire number of votes cast for BOTH major candidates in Laramie County, the largest county in the state of Wyoming.

    And just imagine if all the people that were dissuaded by the poll lines had voted. Squeaker my *ss.

    November 10, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Tzager

    Obama won his re-election by a landslide!!!

    He's got a clear mandate BY the people to move the country FORWARD!!!

    Yes WE CAN!

    November 10, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. JohnK

    But remember that we still have to wait for the results from Ohio.....its not over yet.......we can't be losing.......turn the machines back on, turn the machines back on!!!!!

    Signed Carl Rove

    November 10, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. EinZuschauer

    Another state won by voter fraud...good job democrats

    November 10, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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