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Democrats declare Obama the winner in Florida

Published on Nov 9, 2012 10:03 AM
United States President Barack Obama gathers with his wife Michelle Obama (left) and daughters Sasha and Malia (right) during his election night victory rally in Chicago on Nov 7, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (REUTERS) - Florida's Democratic Party declared victory for President Barack Obama in the closely divided battleground state on Thursday, as he clung to a narrow but apparently insurmountable lead in the glacially slow tallying of votes from Tuesday's election.

If Mr Obama wins Florida, it will add to his Electoral College margin and he will have won all of the key US swing states except North Carolina, which he carried in 2008.

"On behalf of Florida Democrats, I wish President Barack Obama congratulations on his re-election and on his winning Florida's 29 electoral votes," Mr Rod Smith, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, said in a statement.

In a tacit concession, Republican Party of Florida spokesman Brian Burgess said in an email that he and other Romney supporters were "obviously not happy with the result" in the Sunshine State.

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