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Obama's lead in Florida remains small as votes still being counted



TAMPA (AP) -- Yet again, Florida hangs in the balance. Only this time, it doesn't matter.

President Barack Obama held onto a slim lead in Florida early Wednesday, but he didn't need the largest swing state to win re-election. Instead, he captured several other battleground states.

In Florida, the race was too close to call as 200,000 votes had yet to be counted, and Obama's lead was much less than that - about 50,000 ballots.

Long lines at the polls and last-minute absentee ballots prevented votes from being counted in some places. Miami-Dade elections officials said 18,000 uncounted absentee votes would be tallied Wednesday; Pinellas officials said they had 9,000.

Officials said the votes were absentee ballots that had been dropped off shortly before polls closed Tuesday evening, and elections workers still needed to verify the signatures and run the ballots through the voting machines.

With 98 percent of the vote, Obama had 49.9 percent of the state's vote to Romney's 49.2 percent.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:07am]


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