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. james

    Florida is a disgrace when it comes to elections. No excuse to have to wait 4 days for results. Lucky for us that Florida was not decisive this time around.

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

    Big Bird THUMPED Grover....Norquist....BWWAAHAHAHAHA

    November 10, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. CdnJim

    So it seems that the only states Mitt Romney was able to win were those with the worst educational records, which were also the states that supported slavery. I don't think this is coincidence. The poorly educated and more bigoted formed the core of the GOP voting block. Statistically this is also the same group which watches Fox news. The GOP sees this as them not articulating their platform well enough. No, Republicans, you articulated it perfectly.
    The majority of Americans want the rich to pay their fair share.
    The majority of Americans want women to have control over their own bodies.
    The majority of Americans want health care.
    The majority of Americans reject what your party stands for,
    And those numbers are only growing.

    November 10, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. countryproud

    BFD, Obama win means America loses.

    November 10, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. kamanakapu

    Florida Governor Rick Scott and the republican cabal tried to steal another election in florida using their tried and true formulas: by hook or by crook, by theft or by graft, with alibis and lies, or ruses and excuses.

    November 10, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Alfredo

    Thank god Florida was irrelevant in this election because their stupid governor has no idea as to what he's doing.

    November 10, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. jose alejandro herrera 33

    Two thumbs up Barack Obama !!

    November 10, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. robkoz

    IThis only show's you how divided this country truly is.

    November 10, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Today

    Noooooo...says Willard :))

    November 10, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Wafaie

    We got Obama, now will see what is coming next. I feel very sorry for America that I loved. It was the land of opportunity, where the hard worker would get success, now it is the country of government dependent people who can get medicais and financial assitance and money under the table, on the expense of the hard working people. Congratulations America.

    November 10, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. judith

    Poor Mittens–a terrible candidate from an increasingly irrelevant party. He couldn't buy the keys to the White House.

    November 10, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. David

    We shouldn't let this outcome distract us from the fact that there were issues with the way that this election was carried out. From decreased early voting opportunities making it harder for working parents to cast their ballots to long lines on the day of the election, the actually practice of casting a ballot was made more difficult than it had to be for too many people.

    November 10, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. stateschool

    Are we still letting Florida participate in national elections?

    November 10, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Paul

    Goodbye, Bishop Willard. Have a pleasant flight to your planet.

    November 10, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Dan5404

    Despite the obvious attempts by the Republicans in Florida to limit voting by those who would obviously vote for Obama, the American people decided they'd had enough and stood in line into the wee hours of the night. They soundly repudiated the politics of the rich and were the heroes of reasonable policies to help the 98%. The old white men of the South are slowly being elipsed, but will become moe and more extreme until moderate voices from their own party help to vote them out. The hatred evident in the Republican Party and people like has-been rocker Ted Nugent and Hank Williams, Jr. as well as the 400 sons and daughters of Mississippi's civil war throwback fathers are
    evidence of the extremism that exists, particlarly in the Southern States.
    If Romney had won, there would not have been any more than some nasty emails or blogs, but nothing like these losers exhibit.

    November 10, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Donkey Party

    Who has the mandate now GOP?

    November 10, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Erik

    " Obama spent $69.5 million on ads in Florida to Romney's $42 million."

    Odd why not mention super pack spending? Assuming the author is some authority on the subject then the omission seems intentionally meant to make it seem like Romney was outspent in Florida, he was not..

    November 10, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. rick52

    Thanks, Mom ...

    November 10, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Gil

    SWEEP SWEPT. LOL. I knew Obama won a month before the election when he was 57% to Romney's 31% in early voting exit polls. If you know statistics you would know that's a clear barometer to a future outcome.

    November 10, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. bibleverse1

    What took Florida so long?

    November 10, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Nuts

    Again the takers outvote the makers.

    November 10, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Gov. Rick Scott of Florida MUST GO!

    My fellow Floridians, we MUST get Rick Scott out of office in 2016. He was asked by the mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburgh and Miami-Dade to increase early voting multiple times after he had reduced the state's early voting days from 14 to 8. He refused, trying to supress the vote in urban areas which had a lack of polling stations. Some people waited until after midnight to vote in Miami-Dade!

    This is Rick Scott's election disaster, and he must go. Vote Dem in 2016, and take our state back!

    Gary
    Tampa, FL

    November 10, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. fredisdead

    what a beating the CON servatives took!

    November 10, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Andy H.

    It only took a damn week. We had hurricane superstorm sandy & we got our act together here in PA and in NJ, NY and other impacted states.

    My prediction came true about romney not winning any swing states!

    November 10, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Terry

    The nightmare ended Tuesday night. Florida just made the victory sweeter. Apparently Fascism is rejected by over half of the voting public. Lucky us.

    November 10, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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