Mid-day the day after the November 6th election, Florida still had abou 20,000 absentee ballots to count. Obama far surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed. Whatever the count, it won’t change anything for Mitt Romney. From my Inter-Tube search tonight at 10 pm EDT, all Red and Blue States have declared with the exception of Florida – gray as it can be.
Obama’s vote total was listed at 4,145,549 against Romney’s 4,098,072.
That is 49.29 percent for Romney versus 49.86 percent for Obama – just outside the 0.5 percent trigger for an automatic recount.
Of course, no recount would be necessary since the president amassed far in excess of the 270 Electoral College votes he needed to win reelection.
The counting in Florida does not threaten to upend any of Tuesday’s historic developments. A belated win in Florida would be 29 electoral votes of political gravy for Obama, or something of a consolation prize for Mr. Romney.
At least Florida counts their absentee ballots. Read more at the Christian Science Monitor on why Florida matters.