Barack Obama had already won the 2012 Presidential Election on Tuesday, exceeding the required 270 electoral votes to be re-elected. However, the direction of the state of Florida had not been determined - until today. The state's 29 electoral votes went Obama, leaving the election's vote total to be 332-206, according to CNN.
Florida finally reached a total in numbers today at their noon deadline, with 50.01% of the state going Obama and 49.13% of the state going Romney. "The incumbent's margin of victory was just shy of 74,000 votes," CNN stated. After winning the state of Ohio, Obama was elected president for his second term, although Florida's votes had not yet been counted.
The end of the election marks a significant time for American voters. "Obama's win came in part from heavy support from black, Hispanic and younger voters. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press showed Obama was favored by more than 9 of 10 black voters and 3 of 5 Hispanic voters in Florida. The president also was the choice of two-thirds of voters under age 30," the Star Tribune stated.
Some voters had to wait in long lines to vote for their preferred candidate. In Miami-Dade, for example, some voters began waiting in line at 7 p.m. and voted around midnight. After waiting in those long lines, Obama was able to win eight out of nine swing states: Florida, Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada. The only one he lost was North Carolina, to his competitor, Mitt Romney.