The Straits Times
Published on Nov 11, 2012

Obama wins Florida after lengthy vote tally


MIAMI (AFP) - US President Barack Obama has won Florida's 29 electoral votes, further fattening his substantial margin of victory over Republican Mitt Romney in what had been predicted to be a close White House race.

The Sunshine State was the last to report its tally from the Nov 6 election, in which Mr Obama won a second term, defeating Mr Romney.

With Florida's electoral college votes now in the Democratic incumbent's column, the final total was 332 for Mr Obama, against 206 for Mr Romney.

Mr Obama earned 50 percent of the vote to Mr Romney's 49.1 percent - about 74,000 more votes among more than eight million ballots cast, according to county tallies provided to the state.