Four days later, the state of Florida's counted (almost) all of their votes and the AP confirmed what everyone already knew: Obama won. But the most important detail is that there won't be a recount.
In case you're too young to remember, Florida's votes were such a mess in the 2000 election that it led to a supreme court decision and a made-for-HBO movie. It was ridiculous and most people want to move on and never speak of it again.
Those people will be pleased to hear the difference between Romney and Obama was razor thin, but just outside the requirements for an automatic recount:
The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.
Hallelujah! We don't have to live through that nightmare again.
Still, it was funny to see tweets from straggling media outlets declaring Obama the victor in Florida four days after the election and two days after Romney himself conceded the state. Thanks for catching up, guys.
Conspiracy theorists will be disappointed to hear the next part. The final tally, now that every state is officially in, gives Obama 50.6 percent of the popular vote. Romney? 48 percent. So close.
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