President Obama wins Florida with 49.9 percent of the popular vote, taking the state’s 29 electoral votes. The race was close, with only a 47,028 vote difference according to The Washington Post.
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Florida was the last state to be called, due in part to long lines at some polling locations and absentee ballots that needed to be counted in such a close race. According to Huffington Post, Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections Penelope Townsley said the delay was due to “an extremely high volume of absentee ballots.” In some precincts voters were still casting ballots past midnight.
It’s possible that a large group of independent voters swung the state in Obama’s favor. The percentage of Republicans was equal to that of Democrats, putting the decision largely in the hands of independents. Obama also got a boost from the minority vote. According to CNN exit polls, an impressive 95 percent of African Americans chose Obama, along with 60 percent of Hispanics. Women, making up 55 percent of the voter population in Florida, also favored Obama.
The Interstate 4 Corridor had been a closely watched area for the election. Historically the candidate who takes the zone, which includes Tampa, takes the state. The I-4 Corridor generally divides the state with Republicans to the north and Democrats to the south. According to News Press, 3.6 million voters live in the cluster of counties, and nearly a million of them are registered as independents.
Political contributors on CNN’s election coverage discussed the possible negative effect Romney’s “self-deportation” comment made earlier in January had on Florida voters. While Romney revoked his former stance, the statement resonated with the large Hispanic population. According to Naples News, in the past six years, the number of registered Hispanic Democrats in Osceola County alone has grown by about 10,000, and Republicans have registered only 100.
Although Ohio gave Obama the election, Florida was a nail bitter for both campaigns. Obama outspent Romney in Florida by $22 million, but according to data compiled from The Washington Post by Dan Lipka, President Obama visited the state a total of 26 times while Romney made 38 stops. Florida made it to the top ten list of most visited states for both candidates. Both campaigns were smart to put their resources into Florida. Although it was an extremely close race, President Obama was re-elected without needing the state.
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I think the election was Romney's to lose. He never presented a clear plan, he made more gaffes than any other candidate in history, and things he said kept on being proven wrong.
And I'm sick of this "war on women" BS. Romney wasn't going to wage a war on women, he was going to wage a war on debt and unemployment. Great job drinking the liberal "we fight for social issues" koolaid
Swing voters annoy me, it seems like they care less about facts and more about who is "likable." If you look at his record, Obama should not have even had a chance this election. Mitt Romney didn't lose, America lost.
It's something how all prochoice got your chance. to prove them selves, Abortion the biggest hate crime ever, I lived through an attempted abortion in the 40s because Dr. death did not have the law or tools to help. My right hand is deformed because his tool to break the water sack touched my forming hand,( thank you father God for your interventiom Amen )
This question is pointless since what an "Independent Voter" wants is so subjective that there's no real way to determine if either candidate did "what independents want."
Apparently Obama did; he promised everything to everyone. It is apparent that Romney did not; he let the party be sidetracked and held captive by fundy lug nuts....
Neither were anywhere NEAR espousing the combination that appeals to many Independents: Personal Freedom and Fiscal Restraint.
Bush and Gore 2000 was the election that made Florida infamous for the chad ballot counting fiasco.
Twelve years on and the State of Florida still cannot count? Why?
We are now laughed at around the world with articles like this:
I don't think so. A lot of women esp. would automatically dismiss him because of his anti-Choice stance.
Then why hasn't he been compromising all along instead of issuing executives orders? He is a radical socialist.
Ron Paul could have crushed Obama. That's why they kept him out of the race. The "fight" between dems and reps is scripted. They had these results planned long ago, I think they are shocked that it even came as close as it did.
Does anyone else think the Republicans could have walked away with this election if they had put forth a nominee who didn't have rightist views on social issues? I know s/he couldn't have gotten the Rep. nomination without those conservative views, but that's the irony of it all.
@ Mark. Thank you for this morning's ROFL. There is proof of the GOP manipulating the voting machines in Ohio in 2004. Look it up. Where's your proof? Oh btw? The president didn't need Florida to win AND to Mitt I say you are mistaken. Paul Ryan was NOT the second best choice you ever made.
And, it took less than a month, with no help from the governor OR the Supreme Court! Your're getting the hang of this Floree Duh! Um, kin Ah git a copy of yer new 12 page obstructionist novelette?
Independents who have they're heads screwed on properly - can see Obama was the better choice. Even if you don't agree with everything about Obama, you can see he's demonstrably willing to compromise to solve problems.
Keep looking the other way with us Indepenent's and we will have move you to the side of the road... This country is moving forward and if you're not on board, no matter what party you may belong too. You can catch the next coming bus/boat/train because this one has pulled out.. They slept on him in 2007 and we walked him inot the "White House!!" Women, young en older folk's from times gone bye!!
We are not even done counting yet
3 days later
Tells us our vote doesn't matter
And guess what the dumbos are running it
In large part because no one has ever pissed off and alienated the Independant voters more effectively than Romney and the GOP this election cycle.
Im an independent conservative that defected from the GOP after Mitt's powerplay at the RNC. As much as I dislike Obama, I would have voted for him over Romney if I had no other 3rd party choice mostly out of spite. The Republicans can not go forward with any hope of winning on the national stage if they allow the elitist to continue running the party and hoping we all "just fall in line".
Not for me. Taking away peoples freedom and fighting wars no one agrees with is not a good way to win the votes of independents. I voted for Jill Stein and she wasnt even on my ballot. I let my vote not be counted rather than vote for any of those yahoo's.
Florida's election was a real laughing stock of the world. How can such an antiquated election apparatus exist in the most advanced nation in the world?. How can the ballot be made so lengthy?. Why the number of early voting days was kept so low?.
"peggy;" YOU'RE the 'Gray-Haired type,' prone to arbitrairly Charging the Victim with the Crime! .......
Do you even know what a socialist is or are you just using that as a slang term?
Also I havent seen republicans in the House compromise AT ALL. All I have heard from them over the past 4 years is how they want to block Obama and reject everything he does.
In your case, I would have fould it much easier or simpler (no effort) to have just stayed home. Trust me! You would have achieved the same result. Don't you think?...
"tina L h-d;" MATH would suggest the Majority of that 40% that "didn't vote," would have otherwise voted for Romley-Hood. (But shunned him.) If YOU wish to separate-out the demographics (Politically) it's somewhat shocking, Obama garnered the majority of the Florida Cuban vote. .......
The folks who run the Florida elections seemed to prefer that "certain people" - those who tend to vote for the "other party" and do so in person - found it as hard as possible to vote. Pretty simple, actually. Instead that difficulty pissed those people off and they STAYED in line, hence the midnight voting lines.