Florida vote count: Obama wins state

Four days after Election Day, a final count of votes in Florida shows President Obama defeated Mitt Romney, bringing the president's total count in the Electoral College to 332. 

Romney won 206 Electoral College votes. 

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The Associated Press called Florida for Obama on Saturday. Obama won 50 percent of the vote to Romney's 49.1 percent. The margin of victory for Obama was about 74,000 votes. 

A senior adviser for Mitt Romney in Florida said in a statement Thursday that President Obama had won the state, the lone remaining battleground that had not yet been called in the 2012 Election.

The Florida Democratic Party this week called for a reform of the state's voting systems.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said in a statement that the blame for the delay in results lies with Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republicans in the Florida state legislature.

"This embarrassment lays at the feet of Governor Rick Scott who made a decision to cut early voting in half and continually refused to extend early voting hours in light of the record turnout," Smith said.

By winning Florida, Obama won eight of the nine coveted swing states in the 2012 presidential election. He won Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin and Virginia but lost North Carolina.

Patrick Murphy (D) was also certified Saturday as the winner in Florida's 18th congressional district. 

“As expected, the Election Night results have been confirmed,” said Murphy in a statement. “It is now time to put the campaign behind us."

Murphy's opponent, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), sent a letter to a Florida elections board supervisor Thursday threatening legal action over what he called “discrepancies” at the polls. 

--This report was originally published at 1:05 p.m. and last updated at 2:04 p.m.

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