With almost all ballots in Florida counted, U.S. media on Saturday projected President Barack Obama the winner in that state four days after he won Tuesday's national election. Florida brings his total of electoral votes to 332 versus 206 for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
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Obama for America volunteers were in Little Havana Sunday trying to gain support for the president in an area they called a “stronghold for the Republican party.” “This is a neighborhood that is typically being seen as a bastion of republicanism,” said Alfred Fuente of Obama for America. “We’ve made substantial inroads. It’s really been a smashing success.”
Republicans in South Florida are a tough bunch, hardened by decades of swing state campaigns in counties that house much of the state's Democratic base. When I visited the area at the same point in the race in 2008, birtherism had already spread like wildfire and anti-communist signs were everywhere.