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Obama Declared Winner In Florida After Ballot Count Deadline Reached

Cara Palmer |
November 10, 2012 | 10:24 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night. (Mrs. Gemstone, Creative Commons)
Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night. (Mrs. Gemstone, Creative Commons)
Florida’s 67 counties had to submit their presidential ballot counts to the secretary of state by noon Saturday. The spokesman for the secretary of state said that “no presidential recount” would be needed.

President Obama was declared the winner of the state, leading Mitt Romney 50 to 49.1 percent – a difference greater than the 0.5 percent margin that would have required a recount – and officially obtaining 332 electoral votes. With the addition of Florida, he achieved victory in eight out of nine swing states.

Some have argued that the voting process in the state contributed to the delay in finishing counting the votes. Voters had to wait for hours in line to reach the polls, in part because Florida Governor Rick Scott refused to extend early voting.



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