Florida finally finishes vote count; Obama wins

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - President Obama added 29 electoral votes to his final tally as Florida finished counting its ballots on Saturday. Obama clinched the Electoral College and re-election on Tuesday without Florida.

The win officially gives him 332 votes to Mitt Romney's 206.

The state's 67 counties had until noon Saturday to finish their counts and report them to the secretary of state.

Florida officials said Obama had 50% of the vote to Romney's 49.1%, a margin of about 74,000 votes.

The win gave Obama victories in eight of the nine swing states, losing only North Carolina. He won Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.

Governor Rick Scott today released the following statement about the results:

"Around 8.5 million Floridians voted in this general election - more votes cast than in any other election in state history. A record of nearly 4.8 million Floridians also voted early and absentee ballots. We are glad that so many voters made their voices heard in this election, but as we go forward we must see improvements in our election process.

"I have asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to review this general election and report on ways we can improve the process after all the races are certified. As part of this evaluation, Secretary Detzner will meet with County Election Supervisors, who are elected or appointed to their position - especially those who ran elections in counties where voters experienced long lines of four hours or more. We need to make improvements for Florida voters and it is important to look at processes on the state and the county level. We will carefully review suggestions for bettering the voting process in our state.

"Now that the election is over we have an opportunity to come together - regardless of political party - and focus on the issues important to Florida families. Our families care about getting a great job, a quality education and keeping their cost of living low. Making our state better for Florida families is our ultimate goal."

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