Florida Race Too Close to Call

Floridians must really love attention. President Obama won the election decisively, but the race in Florida remained too close to call. At dawn on Wednesday, Obama was leading the state by 0.53 percentage points, or 45,000 votes, out of a total of 8.27 million, with 99 percent of the votes counted—but the head of elections for Florida’s Miami-Dade County said final results would not be available until Wednesday afternoon. The county accounts for 10 percent of the state’s 12 million voters. The Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections blamed “an extremely high volume of absentee ballots” and long lines that kept some polls open for hours after the official closing time.