On Saturday, Florida’s 29 electoral votes went to the re-elected U.S. president, thus, he received enough of an advantage without any need for an automatic recount.
The vote count in the only state which had not declared a result from Tuesday’s election gave President Obama 50% to Mitt Romney’s 49.1%, BBC reports.
With Florida, Obama’s tally in the Electoral College increased to 332 over the former Massachusetts governor’s 206.
According to Florida officials, the president had 50 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49.1 percent, a margin of about 74,000 votes.
The Florida Secretary of State’s Office revealed that it was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless the Republican challenger had waived it.
“On behalf of Florida Democrats, I wish President Barack Obama congratulations on his re-election and on winning Florida’s 29 electoral votes,” Florida Democratic Chair Rod Smith said.
“Florida Democrats ran the strongest, largest ground game this state has ever seen,” he said, describing it as “appalling” that the state had been unable to report results two days after the election.
Nov. 16 is a deadline for overseas and military ballots, but according to Florida legislation, recounts are based on Saturday’s results. Only a handful of overseas and military ballots are believed to remain outstanding.
It’s quite common for election supervisors to spend days after any election counting absentee, provisional, military and overseas ballots.
Usually, though, the election has already been called on election night or soon after because the winner’s margin is beyond reach, The Huffington Post writes.
Obama win came in part due to heavy support from black, Hispanic and younger voters. Exit poll have previously showed the U.S. president was chosen by more than 9 of 10 black voters and 3 of 5 Hispanic voters in Florida. The president also was the choice of two-thirds of voters under age 30.
The former Massachusetts governor and the Republican nominee led among both white and older voters.
It was difficult for officials to call the presidential race here, as the margin was so close and the voting stretched into the evening.
For example, in Miami-Dade, many people had to wait in line at 7 p.m. in certain precincts that some people didn’t vote until after midnight.
There were those who waited to cast ballots until 01:30 local time the next morning, after Romney had already delivered his concession speech.
In Broward County, Democratic Mayor John Rodstrom told reporters: “The big picture is that we have done this to ourselves,” blaming a combination of all sorts of municipal, state and federal elections on one ballot. “We have these tremendously long ballots now.”
The results show that now President Obama has won eight of nine critical swing states, losing only North Carolina. In addition to Florida, he was favored in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.
“Florida has spoken loudly in support of moving our nation forward,” Ashley Walker, the Obama campaign’s director for Florida, said, adding that the victory was a testament to the campaign’s volunteers and staff.
Mitt Romney’s communications director Gail Gitcho said the campaign had no comment.