Vote counting in Florida halted for the night
MIAMI (AFP) - Election officials halted the vote count in Florida amid a tight race in the southern state between President Barack Obama and his defeated Republican rival Mitt Romney, US media reported on Wednesday.
As in 2000, Florida found itself trailing in the count, although this time Mr Obama had already scooped up 303 electoral votes - more than enough to be re-elected to a historic second term in the White House.
With some 98 per cent of precincts counted, Mr Obama led by 49.85 per cent compared to 49.29 per cent for Mr Romney, Florida's official state election website said.
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