Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGeorge W. Bush honors father at benefit for hurricane victims Dem senator: ‘I miss every one of’ our last 5 presidents All five living former presidents appear at hurricane relief benefit concert MORE has won the state that bedeviled Democrats in 2000: Florida.

The Associated Press called the race in Florida, the first Southern state for Obama, around 11 p.m., just about the time that Obama was declared by networks the projected winner of the presidential race.

Vice President Al GoreAl GoreCNN to host town hall featuring Nancy Pelosi Tucker Carlson: Calling others 'racist' used to be a 'big deal' West Coast states eye early presidential primaries   MORE lost Florida by just 537 votes eight years ago, preventing him from winning the White House.