Florida results due Wednesday afternoon

Down in the Sunshine State, the counting continues over who will ultimately get the 29 electoral votes. Obama leads 50 percent to 49.2 percent and by about 46,000 votes, but Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties are still sorting through some 18,000 absentee ballots. Voting went on well into the night, complicated by what will likely be record turnout and a 10-page ballot.

Final results are expected Wednesday afternoon.


Hundred of voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Miami. (Pedro Portal -- AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald)

From the Miami Herald:

"Lines were so long in some polling places, that the last voter did not leave the West Kendall Regional Libary until a few minutes after 1 A.M. At 10:50 p.m., 90 percent of the precincts had closed in Miami-Dade. That meant that at least 80 precincts were still plagued by lines four hours after the polls closed, as people waited six hours or longer to cast their ballots."

Obama has a strong lead in Miami Dade so it's unlikely that Romney will pull ahead even with more counting to be done. And if he did manage to win Florida, it would not change the outcome of the election.

Demographically, Florida is a perfect state for the Obama coalition with its high number of African-American and Latino voters -- both groups broke heavily for Obama. 

And Obama's massive ground game boasted 200,000 volunteers, and registered 320,000 new voters.

 

Nia-Malika Henderson is a political reporter for The Fix.
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