The Florida election results are in the books.
At least, that’s what Mitt Romney’s campaign is saying. As the official recount of the Florida election results continues, the GOP campaign has conceded that Barack Obama will carry the Sunshine State, The Huffington Post reported.
In a statement to the Miami Herald, Romney adviser Brett Doster said that the chances Romney could win in Florida grew increasingly slim.
“The numbers in Florida show this was winnable,” he said. “We thought based on our polling and range of organization that we had done what we needed to win. Obviously, we didn’t, and for that I and every other operative in Florida has a sick feeling that we left something on the table. I can assure you this won’t happen again.”
Florida is the last swing state remaining to be counted in the 2012 election. Barack Obama performed well in nearly all the other states considered battlegrounds, losing only in North Carolina, where he was viewed as a longshot.
With the 28 electoral votes from Florida, Obama finishes with 332 to Mitt Romney’s 206. Obama also won Florida in 2008, but trailed Romney for most of the campaign in 2012, only pulling ahead in projections within the final few days.
With Obama already receiving enough electoral votes to win the election, Romney conceded even before the Florida ballots had been fully counted.
“I ran for office because I’m concerned for America,” Romney said. “Like so many of you, Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign.”
It was not clear when Florida election results would be finalized.