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Benj
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« on: November 10, 2012, 02:40:47 pm »

With Florida reporting new vote totals today, including the Palm Beach County absentee votes, Obama has 50.01% of the vote in Florida. There are still some provisionals and military absentees to count, but provisionals are likely to outnumber military absentees and swing the numbers marginally further in Obama's favor. As a result, it is safe to say that Obama will win more than 50% of the vote in Florida--and also therefore that, in every state, the winning candidate will have won more than 50% of the vote. I'm not sure when the last time this happened was, but it has to have been 1988 at the most recent, and possibly much longer ago. It is particularly interesting that this has happened in an election where two of the minor parties, the Libertarians and the Greens, ran their most highly qualified candidates, possibly ever, and at a time when significant noise was made about potential defectors from one or both parties.

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(To verify Obama is at 50.01% in Florida: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/10/obama-wins-florida-cnn-projects/?hpt=hp_t2)
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2012, 02:46:45 pm »

Never really heard much about Johnson, even after he entered the race. I'm not shocked though.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2012, 06:59:15 pm »

Yes, the last time this happened was - according to the Atlas' database - in 1988, where no state (excluding DC) was won with less than 50.05%(WA) or more than 66.22%(UT).
 
A regularly updated vote count of FL can be found at enight.elections.myflorida.com/MyElection/President/
(sorry, can't post links, use copy/paste instead).
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2012, 08:09:34 pm »

Also, Virginia is now over 51% for Obama.  Some more urban precincts must have come in.  I don't think Ohio will get there, but when was the last time we had 49 states with at least 51% for the winner?
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