Obama Wins Florida, Topping Romney in Final Tally, Congressional Race Contested

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ST. PETERSBURG & WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Four days after the election, President Barack Obama can finally claim victory in Florida.

The state finished counting its votes Saturday. Obama was declared the winner, giving him a 332 to 206 final margin in the Electoral College.

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

The win gave Obama victories in eight of nine critical swing states, losing only North Carolina. In addition to Florida, he won Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.

Meanwhile, Republican Congressman Allen West is refusing to concede even as the state says he lost his re-election bid to Democrat Patrick Murphy by 2,442 votes.

In a complete though unofficial tally of votes reported today, Murphy maintained a lead outside the parameters of an automatic recount. West's campaign said he would not concede until St. Lucie County allows him to examine poll records to satisfy his concerns about votes being miscounted.

Murphy, a Democratic newcomer, had 50.4 percent of the vote. West, a freshman Republican, is a tea party favorite with a national profile.

A judge denied the court order West sought to impound ballots and voting booths.

The race was the most expensive House contest in the country and one of both parties' top targets.


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