Why Florida is king in the 2012 Presidential Election of Mitt Romney against President Barack Obama

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For Romney, the breakdown of the Electoral College also means the easiest path to the White House includes winning Florida. In order to win, a candidate must get 270 Electoral votes.

 


 


St. Petersburg, Florida -- You've probably heard that the road to the White House goes through Florida for Mitt Romney and the Republicans. To understand why that's true, just look at Electoral College polls.

"I only look at the national polls to look at a trend line but the real important map or scorecard is the individual Electoral College maps," said University of South Florida Professor of Political Science Dr. Susan MacManus.

Florida is tied for the third most Electoral College votes with New York at 29. However, MacManus points out New York is solidly a blue state. So too is California with 55 votes while Texas with 38 votes is a solid red state. That means Florida is the largest swing state in this election up for grabs.

MacManus says that also means the vote of someone living in Florida is more important than in other states.

"If you're the vote that makes the difference, that makes you much more important to a candidate," MacManus said.

For Romney, the breakdown of the Electoral College also means the easiest path to the White House includes winning Florida.

In order to win, a candidate must get 270 Electoral votes.

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Generally speaking experts have said there are 9 swing states in this election: Florida along with Virginia, Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada and Wisconsin.

So because of Florida's 29 votes, Romney could win every swing state but the Sunshine State and still lose in November.

"We are the big cheese in this election cycle."

What that ultimately means is more campaign stops and more political ads in TV for residents in the Bay area in the coming weeks.

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