Obama to win Florida, CNN projects, sweeping all battlegrounds
November 10th, 2012
12:56 PM ET
10 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. RogueRobots

    Will Florida please get its act together for the next election! Voting is a right and people should not be forced to stand in line for hours and hours to exercise this American right. I live in PA where we have absolutely no early voting at all and like Florida we have a high percentage of elderly voters, yet all PA residents were able to get through the polls on Nov 6th with little to no waiting. In PA, I was able to vote in approx. 15 minutes and that included parking my car and walking into the polling center. Why don't your voting officials come on up to PA to see how it is done sucessfully? Your state has an obligation to make sure each voice is heard and represented. Stop suppressing the vote for political gain. As our founding fathers stated, NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. Voting is a right, not a privelege. Have courage Florida voters and stay in line to vote no matter how long it takes. Start getting your voting survival package of snacks, water, and adult diapers ready for 2014.

    November 10, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. grafixer

    Not sure why anyone would be surprised. Governor Scott did his best to disenfranchise the voters of Florida in Democratic areas. It ticked them off, and they showed up to vote in droves – waiting in lines for HOURS. So, the country had to wait while Scott and the GOP tried the best to find a way to say that Florida didn't support Obama. Sad statement on the GOP ownership of Florida State. Every time a GOP politician is Governor, (with GOP Election officials too), Florida simply becomes the most ignorant and embarrassing state in the elections. The PEOPLE of Florida deserve better. Scott is a proven corporate thief (largest Medicare fraud fines in history to his corporation), and Florida should vote him out of office!! I'm sure they will. Florida has had enough of the GOP and their thievery.

    November 10, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. goinmad2009

    Hahaha....they are still counting??? LOL !! I'm not a American....and this is soooo funny.

    November 10, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Saurabh Mahindroo

    God Great.

    November 10, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. NeoContra

    Where is chad when we need him 🙁

    November 10, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. deb

    Good! Happy to see this! Now maybe the republicans will hear the American people?

    November 10, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Jon S.

    And that is how you define a landslide. Those silly GOP people, who thought it would be the other way around.

    November 10, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Expat American

    Proof that tens of millions of dollars and a GOP agenda based on utter lies, fear and hatred does not win!
    Good won over EVIL this past week.

    November 10, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. veggiedude

    The Republicans have won the popular vote just once in 24 years. The last time was for GW Bush in 2004 by a margin of 2.46%. President Obama won the popular vote this week by a very similar margin of 2.5%.After winning re-election in 2004, President Bush said, “I’ve earned capital in this election — and I’m going to spend it.” Well, if that was true then, I guess the same is true now for President Obama.

    November 10, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. linda abney

    well we all knew who won just were waiting for all of the crying to stop like it would've made a difference, this country needs to get real before GOD really send us something worse than sandy keep on playing.

    November 10, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Marcus

    Who Cares?

    November 10, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Manny

    You can't consisting lie to the people and think its ok.......it's funny it appears they were lying to themselves also......that karma is something else!!!

    November 10, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Richard K

    It's about damn time! lol...

    November 10, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. J

    Great that made Karl Rove's and Dick Morris's predictions even more silly

    November 10, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. anonoymous

    Glad Florida didnt decided it but I know Obama winning it doesnt make Romney's lost an easier. I hope now that the election is finally over we can move forward!

    November 10, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Rick

    332 to 206. Wow! Total victory.

    November 10, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Lee

    i am really proud to be an American and resident of Florida we spoke and we won despite the dysfunction. Governor Scott and the Florida republicans politicians better get on notice you try and suppress our vote, our vote in the end will be heard unanimously. What an embarrassment to the political process four days after the election we are just projecting. Congratulations President Obama for 4 more years!

    November 10, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Other Foot

    What took so long? Did they have to bring in some out of state toes to count on?

    November 10, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Dr Matrix

    Romney took the reliable blue states. Obama took the reliably red states, then took every one of the swing states. Is that a mandate?

    November 10, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Bruce

    President Barack Obama deserved to win this election, he truly represented all the people of America, and I congratulate him on his victory.

    November 10, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Francisco Decastro

    Yup Yup Yup... I'm so glad the election is over. And I'm glad that Romney did not win.

    November 10, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. User-301

    Now this really makes me mad. I wasted all that money on Romney on to see that he has also lost Florida. I am done with the Republican party as of today. Losers! – Hell, Obama did better in this election than he did in the first. All the polls were talking about is how close this election was going to be and my man got clocked big Time. I sure wished I could get a refund. – This sucks. Good Luck President Obama – You and your staff deserve all the glory for this one.

    November 10, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Keel Hauler

    It's embarrassing to be a resident of a state that still hasn't gotten it's election results 4 days after the election itself. The jokes about Florida voting are well-deserved. Arrrgghh!

    November 10, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Namebrendafelder@comcast.net

    The Best Man Won oh what a relief it is

    November 10, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Ibrahim Ishaku Ture

    Congrats to Obama.I pray that one day Nigeria will emulate America.Thats election for you.Ours is riddled with rigging.

    November 10, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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