President Wins Florida,
Widens Margin Over Romney in Final Tally
November 10, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama has been declared the winner of the
closely-divided battleground state of Florida, four days after winning
The southern state had been the only state still tallying its votes
after Tuesday's election, which pitted the incumbent Democrat against
Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Florida's Department of State says President Obama received 50 percent
of the vote compared to Romney's 49.1 percent, a difference of nearly
74,000 votes and enough of a lead to surpass the half-percent margin
that would have triggered a recount.
Even without the so-called Sunshine State, President Obama had already
gained more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White
the United States, each state is assigned a number of electoral votes
based on population, with the exact number corresponding to the number
of senators and House members who represent the given state in Congress.
With two exceptions (Maine and Nebraska), the candidate who wins the
popular vote in a given state receives all of that state’s electoral
The addition of Florida's 29 electoral votes brings Mr. Obama's final
count to 332, compared to Romney's 206.
The win in Florida means President Obama won nine of ten states viewed
as critical swing states this year, losing only North Carolina. The
swing states, also known as battleground states, were the states
expected to decide the presidential race.
In addition to Florida, Mr. Obama won Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New
Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.