Though Mitt Romney had conceded the closely contested state of Florida earlier in the week, it is now official that President Barack Obama carried the Sunshine State's 29 electoral votes in last Tuesday's election.
The verdict ends a four-day count which effectively gives Obama a razor-thin edge of 74,000 votes to top his Republican challenger, 50% to 49.1% in this crucial battleground state that Republican operatives thought it'd go for their candidate leading to Election Day.
Obama's enlarged Electoral College landslide is now of 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206. However, without adding Florida's numbers the president had already been reelected with the sizable margin of 303 electoral votes (270 electoral votes are needed in order to become POTUS).
Florida's Secretary of State Ken Detzner said that with close to 100% of the vote counted, Obama led Romney by over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered.
Florida's seemingly slow count brought back memories from the 2000 presidential election when the Supreme Court stepped in to settle a bitterly close race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. But, though this year the race was just as close in the Sunshine State, Obama's insurmountable advantage in the other swing states made possible to call the race for the Democrat even before midnight on Election Day.
There must be noted that the delay in coming up with the final results was in part due to how slow the voting process went in the state, with voters lining up for hours even during the early voting period — and some of them staying as late as midnight on November 6 to be able to vote.
The Florida win gives Obama victories in eight of the nine swing states, losing only North Carolina to Mitt Romney. In addition to Florida, the president dominated in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.