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Early Florida results look good for President Obama and Democrats

It’s too soon to say which candidate will win the Sunshine State, and not all of the polls have closed there. However, with more than two million votes counted in Florida, President Obama maintains a slight lead over Mitt Romney (52% to 48%), and is doing better in some areas than he did in 2008.

That’s a good sign for Democrats.

In Duval County, which John McCain won with 51% of the vote, Obama’s campaign is keeping Romney’s below the 51% mark.

Josh Marshall offers this thought about Florida and North Carolina:

The big deal though is that these two states are super, super close. Seemingly down to the wire. But Romney must win both states. If these are going down to the wire, that’s not a good sign for Romney.

This is an important point. Romney has no hope of winning the presidency if he cannot win the key battleground states in the south. Even if Romney were to win, let’s say, Michigan and Pennsylvania, he would not have the support necessary to win if he could not put North Carolina and Florida into his win column.

UPDATE: Current results in Florida as of 5:05 PM Pacific:

  • Romney/Ryan: 47.72% (2,265,239 votes)
  • Obama/Biden: 51.53% (2,445,934 votes)


  1. Ann Clinton
    Posted November 6th, 2012 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

    We want Florida’s votes double checked this time. With Bush in the mix – we are concerned another Gore/Bush trick is in the works.

  2. Tiffany
    Posted November 6th, 2012 at 7:17 PM | Permalink

    Go Romney!! hope he becomes president if not were all doomed!!