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It’s official: Florida puts Obama at 332 electoral votes

posted at 2:15 pm on November 10, 2012 by

The Florida count kept flipping back and forth on a tiny margin between Romney and Obama on election night, but it didn’t matter once it became clear Obama was going to shoot past 270. It took four days but the tally is finally official, from the Associated Press:

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

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.

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