Fla. still tallying votes, but presidential race is over

Long lines at polls, last-minute absentee ballots delayed counting

Published On: Nov 07 2012 01:15:18 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 07 2012 05:40:19 PM EST
Election 2012
MIAMI -

Elections officials in nine Florida counties are still tallying absentee ballots, after the presidential race was decided nationally.

President Barack Obama held 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. Obama's lead was much less than that -- about 47,000 ballots, according to numbers on Wednesday afternoon.

In Orange County, provisional ballots-those presented by people whose identity or voting privileges couldn't be verified at the precincts-are being sorted out Wednesday afternoon. Canvassing boards will soon decide whether they will be counted or not.

Long lines at the polls and last-minute absentee ballots delayed counting in some places.

State elections officials said absentee ballots were still being tallied in nine countries across the state.

They included Miami-Dade County, where elections officials counted through the night and had about 20,000 absentee ballots left to tally early Wednesday.  Pinellas County officials say they'll reconvene Wednesday at 9 a.m. to tally more than 9,000 absentee ballots received on Election Day.

Both counties tend to lean Democratic, so the votes are expected to be in Romney's favor. If Florida's count tightens within 0.5 of a percentage point, a recount will only happen if Republicans insist on it-and Republicans have lost presidency regardless of Florida.