Obama declared winner in Florida

Obama declared winner in Florida

US President Barack Obama can finally claim victory in Florida, four days after the election.

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

Florida officials said the president had 50% of the vote to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s 49.1%, a margin of about 74,000 votes.

The win gave Mr 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.

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