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Florida Election Results 2012: Sen. Bill Nelson coasts to reelection; Rivera loses House seat; Obama leads Romney

Here is a summary of the election results in Florida: (View full map)


President Obama led Mitt Romney 49.8 percent to 49.3 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. Although Obama won the state in 2008, it was among the toss-up states that the Romney camp was most confident of winning. Florida has 29 electoral votes, the most of any swing state. Preliminary exit polling appeared to show an increase in Hispanic voters, likely giving an advantage to Obama. Hispanics made up 17 percent of Florida’s voters this year, up from 14 percent in 2008, according to data. Among Hispanic voters, 60 percent preferred Obama compared with 39 percent for Romney. Obama won among Hispanics 57 percent to 42 percent in 2008. Both campaigns and their allies poured $130 million into TV ads, and Obama and Romney campaigned there until the final moments of the campaign.


Sen. Bill Nelson (D) easily defeated Republican Rep. Connie Mack despite early GOP hopes that Nelson was vulnerable. Nelson won the race with more than 55 percent of the vote.


The most-watched House race in Florida is between Tea Party-backed conservative Rep. Allen B. West (R) and Democrat Patrick Murphy in the 18th District. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Murphy appeared to have defeated West by 2,456 votes. Republican Rep. David Rivera is being sent home after one term amid accusations of ethics violations, as he lost to Democrat Joe Garcia. The Florida Ethics Commission found probable cause last month that Rivera committed 11 ethics laws violations while a state lawmaker.

More from PostPolitics:

- For full coverage of Election Night breaking news, including reporting from swing states around the country, follow The Post’s Election 2012 liveblog.

- The Grid aggregates the best multimedia, and commentary from across the social web in a clean, simple display.

- Updated election results on a county-by-county basis are available on the The Post’s election day map. Sort through the Senate, House, Gubernatorial, and Presidential election results.



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