Friday, November 09, 2012

Obama wins Florida

By Michael J.W. Stickings

So says the Romney campaign. Here's The Miami Herald:

Though votes are still being tallied, President Obama is all but assured a victory in Florida because the lion’s share of the outstanding ballots come from Democratic-heavy counties.

Obama leads Republican Mitt Romney by 58,055 votes — or 49.92 percent to 49.22 — but there just aren't enough votes from Republican areas to allow the challenger to catch up.

Romney’s Florida campaign has acknowledged their candidate lost in Florida as well...

"The numbers in Florida show this was winnable," Brett Doster, Florida advisor for Romney, said in a statement to The Miami Herald. "We thought based on our polling and range of organization that we had done what we needed to win. Obviously, we didn't, and for that I and every other operative in Florida has a sick feeling that we left something on the table. I can assure you this won't happen again."

Yes, next time they'll make sure all those voter suppression efforts really work. Because what's clear is that the demographics in Florida are moving swiftly away from the Republicans -- that and the fact that the Republican Party is, and will remain, a party of ideological extremism, including on issues that matter to a whole lot of Floridians, like wanting to destroy Medicare as we know it, pursuing a foreign policy of warmongering jingoism, vilifying immigrants at every turn, and embracing white nativism.

It wasn't just about leaving "something on the table," which the Obama campaign could say as well, it was about being a party, and having a candidate who embraced the extremism even as he tried later on to distance himself from it, that is increasingly losing touch with reality and that is moving further and further away from the the country's increasingly liberal soul.

Good luck, Republicans. Good luck with that.

With Florida's 29 Electoral College votes, Obama will have 332 votes to Romney's 206.

And that means that I got it exactly right -- every state (as did co-blogger Frank Moraes). I'm no Nate Silver, but hooray for me.

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  • Hooray for us all! And don't it feel good to live in a Blue State Again - even if it's only kind of blue.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 11:39 AM  

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