The Florida election results are in, and Barack Obama is the winner.
The president narrowly edged Mitt Romney to take the Sunshine State and its 29 electoral votes, The Associated Press reported. As the recount dragged on it started to conjure memories from 2000, when the election results were delayed for weeks as a recount dragged on in Florida, with George W. Bush eventually winning by a little more than 500 votes.
This time the Florida election results were a bit less climactic. Obama had already clinched re-election when Ohio was called in his favor in Tuesday night, though the win in Florida allowed him to finish with 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.
Florida’s final election results showed that with close to 100 percent of the votes counted, Obama held 50 percent of the votes to Mitt Romney’s 49.1 percent, a margin of 74,000 votes.
“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.”
The Florida election results come as a final blow to Mitt Romney’s campaign and Republicans. The state was once seen as a key to his path to victory, but instead on Election Night the GOP candidate lost all battleground states except for North Carolina.