Obama wins re-election with Fla. too close to call

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 1:16 am •  Published: November 7, 2012
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Others said they liked the president's recent leadership.

"I made my mind up when I saw Obama get that storm response out so quick," said retiree Raymond Tisdale, 77, of Port Charlotte. "I was thinking about voting for Romney, but he just flip flopped too much."

The former building contractor continued said he sees the economy improving.

"Obama had a lot on his plate when he started, like unemployment going up, but now it seems like it has turned in the other direction. We all need to make a living," he said.

Florida's voters are difficult to categorize. It's a transient state, the fourth-largest in the nation. One of every five residents is foreign-born and those born in the U.S. probably came from another state. There are New Yorkers, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, African-Americans and Haitians. There are Southern conservatives, soccer moms, wealthy same-sex couples and still wealthier Midwestern retirees. In rural pockets in the state's middle, there are poor farmers and even poorer farmworkers.

Political preferences break down loosely by region. North Florida is solidly conservative. South Florida generally votes Democratic. Then there's the Interstate 4 corridor, stretching from Tampa in the west to Daytona Beach in the east. Some have called it the most crucial swing region in the most crucial swing state in the nation.

It can't be said enough: Florida is a microcosm of the United States.

Because of this, Obama and Romney — and their wives, vice presidential picks and high profile political supporters — have held dozens of rallies over the last two years.

Florida also played a crucial role in the contested 2000 presidential election, which was marred by hanging chads and a lengthy recount. Republican George W. Bush won after the Supreme Court declared him the winner over Democrat Al Gore by a scant 537 votes.

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Kathy Wingard contributed to this report. Follow Tamara Lush on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tamaralush



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