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Obama wins Florida after vote count

Posted on Nov 12, 02:26PM | IBNS

U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday has claimed 29 electoral votes in Florida, winning the state with a close margin after four days of counting.

With his win over the state, the Democrat incumbent further increased his lead over his Republican Party challenger Mitt Romney.

With the results of the state finally in, the final tally for the the November 6 election stood at 332 electoral college votes for Obama against 206 for Romney.

Obama earned 50 percent of the vote to Romney's 49.1 percent -- about 74,000 more votes among more than eight million ballots cast, according to county tallies provided to the state before a noon deadline on Saturday.

Called the Sunshine state, Florida is a crucial decider in all U.S. elections where the Conservative votes for Republicans clash with a substantial senior citizen and Hispanic voter base in favour of the Democrats.

Overcoming the backlash of economic downturn that roiled his first term, Barack Obama rode a wave of popular support to win a second term in the White House as he beat his Romney in Democrat strongholds.