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Obama wins Florida, topping Romney in final tally

By Tamara Lush

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:11 p.m. HST, Nov 10, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. » President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes today, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000.

No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206.

The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.

There is a Nov. 16 deadline for overseas and military ballots, but under Florida law, recounts are based on today's results. Only a handful of overseas and military ballots are believed to remain outstanding.

It's normal for election supervisors in Florida and other states to spend days after any election counting absentee, provisional, military and overseas ballots. Usually, though, the election has already been called on election night or soon after because the winner's margin is beyond reach.

"Florida has spoken loudly in support of moving our nation forward," Ashley Walker, the Obama campaign's director for Florida, said in a news release. She added that the win was a testament to the campaign's volunteers and staff.

When reached by phone today, Mitt Romney's communications director Gail Gitcho said the campaign had no comment.

Obama's win came in part from heavy support from black, Hispanic and younger voters. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press showed Obama was favored by more than 9 of 10 black voters and 3 of 5 Hispanic voters in Florida. The president also was the choice of two-thirds of voters under age 30.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney led among both white and older voters.

In the end, the facts of who voted for which candidate in Florida faded into memory as voting issues emerged election night.

On election night this year, it was difficult for officials — and the media — to call the presidential race here, in part because the margin was so close and the voting stretched into the evening.

In Miami-Dade, for instance, so many people were in line at 7 p.m. in certain precincts that some people didn't vote until after midnight.

The hours-long wait at the polls in someareas, a lengthy ballot and the fact that Gov. Rick Scott refused to extend early voting hours has led some to criticize Florida's voting process. Some officials have vowed to investigate why there were problems at the polls and how that led to a lengthy vote count.

If there had been a recount, it would not be as difficult as the lengthy one in 2000. The state no longer uses punch-card ballots, which became known for their hanging chads. All 67 counties now use optical scan ballots where voters mark their selections manually.

Republican George W. Bush won the 2000 contest after the Supreme Court declared him the winner over Democrat Al Gore by a scant 537 votes.

The win gave Obama victories in eight of the nine swing states, losing only North Carolina. In addition to Florida, he won Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.

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Anonymous wrote:
This is really SWEET...after what Gov Jeb Bush did to help brother George win in his first tern,,,talk about a "RIGGED ELECTION".
on November 10,2012 | 07:44AM
kainalu wrote:
Despite Republican control Florida's best effort to squash the vote - reduced the voting days in half - it still didn't work. It's not the quality of the voter - it's the quality of the candidate. Instead of trying to attrack more voters with prudent policies, they're simply counting on finding more voters that agree with their not-so-prudent policies. And they've all been accounted for, there are no more.
on November 10,2012 | 09:51AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Even more of an Electoral College landslide. Thanks Florida!
on November 10,2012 | 07:47AM
lynnh wrote:
For surely it was just a coincidence that Petraeus resigned on Thursday, the very same day that it was reported that the Foreign Affairs Committee was planning to call him to testify at their Benghazi hearings, along with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Matt Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Surely that had nothing to do with Petraeus’s decision to submit his resignation. This couldn’t have had anything to do with his quitting. It is much more likely indeed that suddenly, just as the news that he was going to be summoned to testify came in to his office, Petraeus was overcome with remorse over his affair, and decided – although apparently the affair began some time ago, since there were rumors about it while he was still in Afghanistan – that Thursday was the day, right then and there, to come clean and resign his position. The preposterousness of this scenario is obvious. And the convenience of the timing for Barack Obama cannot be overlooked. Now Petraeus will not be testifying at the House hearings, and so, barring a subpoena, the primary witness to who ordered the CIA to stand down in Benghazi has been removed. The transparently flimsy justification given for the resignation is also troubling, reminiscent as it is of the charges that Stalin suddenly brought against his former friends and comrades in the Soviet Union of the 1930s, when overnight heroes of the revolution became hated class enemies. That a Democrat administration as socially to the Left as Obama’s would use a charge of adultery as an excuse to remove a hitherto respected public official already strains credulity well beyond the breaking point. It also has more than a whiff of totalitarian-style denunciations and purges. Will a show trial follow? And the worst part of all this is that the election is over, the opposition to Obama is reeling and toothless, and clearly the man believes that he can behave this way without worrying about any accountability. And he is probably right. Good job on re-electing this lying @#$
on November 10,2012 | 07:54AM
Beaglebagels wrote:
That is a possibility. It is also possible that Petraeus is like a lot of men and thinks with his Johnson and is now humiliated like a lot of men who get caught thinking with their Johnson.
on November 10,2012 | 08:38AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
And not a single fact to support your innuendo.
on November 10,2012 | 08:59AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
allie, is that you?
on November 10,2012 | 11:34AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Why would Obama want to allow 4 Americans to die? It makes no sense at all. I could however believe a republican would do that if it benefitted him.
on November 10,2012 | 12:19PM
IAmSane wrote:
on November 10,2012 | 12:57PM
nomakeshame wrote:
You do realize by the standards of the most socialist countries in the world, the United States doesn't even come close to being a socialist country and neither does Obama. To those countries Obama is more towards the middle than to the left and they are laughing at the Republicans and their followers charge that Obama is trying to turn this country into a socialist country or that the Republicans and their followers even consider Obama to be a Socialist, and better yet China is laughing at the notion that Obama is a Communist and Germany, of all countries that know what a Marxist is, questions why the Republicans call Obama a Marxist. Maybe it is just the Republicans trying to duplicate the "Red Scare" era all over again.
on November 10,2012 | 02:24PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
If they repeat the "big lie" over and over again, their supporters will believe the shibai. They have studied their history well... even if they have no shame.
on November 11,2012 | 07:28AM
entrkn wrote:
The Supreme Court conservatives enabled an attempted coupe of our government by less than 1000 people with more than $1 billion... and they failed this time. We can not let them try again... we have to fire Thomas, Alito, and Scalia SAP!
on November 10,2012 | 08:00AM
lynnh wrote:
Tell me... how do you feel about ballots running out in Cayetano and anti-rail heavy favored areas? How do you feel about thousands of Oahu voters having their rights stolen from them? I bet you think it is ok because your guy won I bet? What if Cayetano won under the same circumstances, who you still feel them same way? By your logic, when there is rampant voting fraud, it is not ok to make sure the vote is counted fairly. Typical liberal attitude.
on November 10,2012 | 08:13AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Thousands? Care to back that up?
on November 10,2012 | 09:00AM
8082062424 wrote:
Im sure it was a thousand plus. some places had to wait five hours for ballots to get there. then a lot were wrong ballots for that district and not in English. you could say they could wait the five hours if they really wanted to vote. problem with that is no parking. Just ask any person who was working in any of those areas how bad it was.. It sad when new york who got smashed by a super storm manage to do all it could to make sure every one could vote and hawaii screwed it up so bad
on November 10,2012 | 10:20AM
Anonymous wrote:
Oh. If YOU'RE sure, then it must be true.
on November 10,2012 | 12:40PM
kainalu wrote:
Like where? Name those places, and let's determine why you think those were "anti-rail" areas. And if they're so passionate about it, why didn't they simply wait? Don't confuse having to wait with not being able to vote. Those that voted in Florida, waited in line from before the sun came up to after it went down - they cared enough.
on November 10,2012 | 11:40AM
8082062424 wrote:
Look it up your self it been in the paper and on the hews. And again parking was a big issue. why you seem to think it ok for the state to screw up this bad is ok says a lot about you.just ask the Volunteers what it was like you get the truth. go read letters to the editor . we will never know how many folks did not vote that day. and it all lays at the states door
on November 10,2012 | 12:08PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
cayetano lost, get over it....
on November 10,2012 | 11:42AM
false wrote:
A lot "yous" lost but you're not awake yet. Just wait and see. Oh, that's right you're still blind to reality. Cayetano districts were suppressed. The vote needs to be protected here just like on the continent. Continental mischief persists in this place, still.
on November 10,2012 | 12:14PM
kona1069 wrote:
Florida should be allowed to vote two weeks prior to the election so that way they finish the same time like every other State. But, at least they didn't run out of ballots, which is more embarrassing.
on November 10,2012 | 08:15AM
lynnh wrote:
They didn't "run out" so to speak. It was calculated and criminal!
on November 10,2012 | 08:23AM
kainalu wrote:
Florida had 14 days in the last election to vote. But Obama won. So this election, the Republican controlled Florida State government reduced that in half, to 7-days. And Obama still won. Because it isn't the quality of the voter - it's the quality of the candidate.
on November 10,2012 | 11:43AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
You"re probably right but not able to prove such allegations. Scott Nago apparently is owned and operated by the unions to a large degree even though he's supposed to be independent of state government. This whole situation if true, really tells you who holds the power in Hawaii. He could get fired for such a stupid mistake (if it was even a mistake) but I'm sure they've told him he'll be taken care of later when it blows over.
on November 10,2012 | 12:10PM
control wrote:
you really need to stop listening to faux tv news and their conspiracies. The silent majority stepped up to the plate and disagreed with the antiquated republican agenda, hands down, across the board.
on November 10,2012 | 01:03PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Malfeasance as cayetano would say.
on November 10,2012 | 01:40PM
IAmSane wrote:
Voting should be at the very least a week-long event, and it should end on a weekend. Enough with this Tuesday election day business--it just doesn't make sense to have it on a weekday.
on November 10,2012 | 01:01PM
nomakeshame wrote:
I think we are on our way to that week long event. A great number of places have early voting now. I know, where I voted, we had at least two weeks of early voting and half the voting public took advantage of it.
on November 10,2012 | 02:27PM
Grimbold wrote:
Next time the election will not be close anymorein Florida. Why: USA 's Future is HIISPANIC NATION.
on November 10,2012 | 09:39AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
replacing tpt with hard-working hispanics is a good thing, just make sure they're legal
on November 10,2012 | 11:40AM
kainalu wrote:
At least you recognize. PBS just presented an excellent documentary on the changing demographics of our country, "America by the Numbers". Within the next decade or so, the U.S. Census Bureau changing numbers indicate that more people will identify with any other ethnicity other than caucasion, aka, "white". . 30 - 40 years ago, voters were predominantly older white males. Today, voters include women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, the LGBT community, and our youth. Either the Republicans recognize this, or the GOP as we know it will fade away, probably spit into different factions - the Moderate Republicans and the Tea Party. The Tea Party was the worst thing that's happened to the Republicans. Just ask John Boehner.
on November 10,2012 | 11:51AM
IAmSane wrote:

on November 10,2012 | 01:03PM
false wrote:
This nation is now a nation of minorities with a voice and we will be heard. Interesting that the bias and prejudice of history has hit the nation. The majority has changed its face. Hawai`i's face is now the nations balance of the vote. Republicans are on the decline. Interesting color.
on November 10,2012 | 09:54AM
Toneyuki wrote:
Actually Obama Barely won the popular vote. He had 9 MILLION LESS votes than he did in 08. Romney also lost 3 Million votes from the McCain vote in 08. If the same number would have turned out for the GOP as they did in 08 Romney would have one.

It's a sad day when the majority of people will vote for the party that will just give them stuff. Obama didn't run on his record, he didn't run on ideas for the next four years, he didn't propose an agenda, he simply did what he has done his entire political career, character assassination, lies and inuendos. The press did a wonderful job in helping him with it too.

on November 10,2012 | 10:14AM
Wazdat wrote:
Should have could have would have..
on November 10,2012 | 11:07AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
And if unicorns ate skittles, they'd fuht rainbows too. But they don't ... just like Mr. Romney didn't get out the vote.
on November 10,2012 | 02:15PM
Toneyuki wrote:
True, the GOP didn't get out the vote and they lost. But it's not true that the demographics have changed that drastically.
on November 10,2012 | 07:01PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Sanding by your recent comment that these boards are dominated by republican posters?
on November 11,2012 | 05:56AM
honolulugal wrote:
Everything I didn't like or trust about Romney, I heard from his own lips. It's also amuses me that lots of the talking points of the aniti-Obamas comes straight from Fox News. That was O'Reilly first and then everybody thereafter used the same quote about "give them stuff." But of course, there have to be all kinds of excuses. Limbaugh called it Santa Claus. If only folks would listen to every side. I did, and I came to my own conclusions, not to any billionaire Pacs. They wasted their money.. Just think about it, if you liked Romney, you wouldn't be swayed by nasty ads, would you? But so many of you think that folks would be about the nasty ads about Obama. Well, it was proved wrong, right? As far as having won as many say from just a small difference (but 332 to 206 elctoral votes) in the popular vote. Let me see, want to bet if folks would be saying that if Romney won? A majority is still a majority. However, it still means we are all citizens of the same nation, and if we can't figure out a way to come together and compromise for our own good, then that's a very sad thing. It reminds of the story of the scorpion and the frog, whereas the frog gave the scorpion a ride on his back across the river. Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs. "You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?" The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog's back. "I could not help myself. It is my nature."
on November 10,2012 | 11:33AM
kainalu wrote:
We had two Tea Party backed Republican candidates come out Nationally and tried to redefine "rape". Republican Star-child, Karl Rove's Super Pac, "American Progress" poured millions of dollars into these campaigns, thanks to their conservative buddies at the Supreme Court allowing them too. And they both got smoked. It's not the messenger, it's the message.
on November 10,2012 | 11:55AM
false wrote:
Well a fair tax system that allows equity of the burden is a gift we could all enjoy. So, yes, voted tax equity.
on November 10,2012 | 12:17PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Huh? That makes no sense. Nobody tried to redefine "rape". And as far as superPAC's go, they were on both sides.
on November 10,2012 | 07:04PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Interesting. You made your judgments based on what you heard from Romney's own lips. But through what filter? And did you bother to listen to what Obama has said? And through what filter?
on November 10,2012 | 07:05PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Rich people tend to vote with their wallets, poor people vote based on social issues and the middle class can split both ways.
on November 10,2012 | 12:15PM
IAmSane wrote:
Obama won by over 3 million votes, so your argument is invalid. 61,715,465 - 58,507,338 = 3,208,127.
on November 10,2012 | 01:15PM
8082062424 wrote:
Im sure many of those voters were welfare folks . there cheering now that they can live off more of your tax dollars
on November 10,2012 | 03:40PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Invalid? Huh? I used an approximate number and you used an exact number. If Romney would have received the exact number that McCain did then he would have one the popular vote by about 200k.

Not that it matters, Obama won. The difference between me and liberals is that I will acknowledge the fact. I don't like it but I accept it. If Romney would have won, you guys would have been crying about how he stole the election.

on November 10,2012 | 07:10PM
NITRO08 wrote:
I laugh when I here you republican talk cause you are the very ones that wants the so called hand out but don't admit it idiots!
on November 11,2012 | 05:23AM
Toneyuki wrote:
You need to go back to skrool and learn some grammar. Not to mention manners.
on November 11,2012 | 08:45AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Once upon a time immigrants came to America and gradually took it over, denigrating the inhabitants they found as savages, frequently resorting to virtual genocide in order to clear the land. As time passed and consciences prompted, reparations were attempted, with varying degrees of success. History has countless examples of similar stories, yet rarely do collective attempts at righting previous wrongs appear in any of them. Anyway, it would seem America is experiencing another "invasion" of immigrants, which also seems to be displacing the current inhabitants. Right? Wrong? Who can say. What will this new nation look like? Certainly different than the one so many of us have lived with. Have republicans now become the "Indians" of yesterday? Is genocide being replaced with "end of life" counseling? Be careful, new inhabitants, as history is not the only judge we all have to face, and one of them knows the deepest motives of our hearts.
on November 10,2012 | 11:31AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
stupid state unable to tally their votes like the rest of the country. heard their governor can't count to 21 unless he's naked, lolo
on November 10,2012 | 11:30AM
false wrote:
Funny. That's how males count? What state are you considering?
on November 10,2012 | 12:19PM
LanaUlulani wrote:
Actually military votes for those serving out of MacDill Airforce Base out of Tampa have until NOVEMBER 16th to return their ballot. It is only NOVEMBER 10th.
on November 10,2012 | 01:14PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
He thinks it's 21 ,but he keeps coming up with 20!
on November 10,2012 | 01:42PM
8082062424 wrote:
i believe the number was near 60 polling places ran out of ballots and even when they got new ballots in was wrong. and in case you did not notice parking was limited. if you had 100 plus waiting to park and car not moving out of the parking area because there waiting for ballots to get there paint a clear picture
on November 10,2012 | 12:17PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Florida like to be in the spot light for sure, all other states seem to be able to count votes in a day, Florida needs a week.
on November 10,2012 | 12:21PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Actually military votes for those serving out of MacDill Airforce Base out of Tampa have until NOVEMBER 16th to return their ballot. It is only NOVEMBER 10th.
Ironically today is the anniversary for the USMC. Tomorrow is Veterans' Day. How Shameful to do this to SOLDIERS and VETERANS who give their lives so that Americans STILL have the right to vote!!! Auwe!

on November 10,2012 | 01:13PM
IAmSane wrote:
on November 10,2012 | 02:55PM
false wrote:
Actually the military ballots are not of consequence because the gap btwn Obama and Romney exceeds the unaccounted for votes in the mail. The win is still for Obama. Hooray. The will of the people has finally been allowed to be heard in Florida. Love the color of equity. It's fair.
on November 10,2012 | 03:22PM
hawaiikone wrote:
SA, why would you allow one poster to use "idiot" and not another?
on November 11,2012 | 09:06AM
hawaiikone wrote:
No disrespect intended, but hearing you call anyone an i diot is truly amusing.
on November 11,2012 | 09:07AM
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