Final Shoe Drops

Though for some reason television networks haven’t bestirred themselves to make it official, Mitt Romney’s Florida campaign operation has conceded that the president won Florida, with a majority of the ballots still out coming from Democratic strongholds, and provisional ballots also likely to tilt blue as well.

This gives Obama 332 electoral votes, just 33 less than he racked up in 2008, and 46 more than George W. Bush secured in his re-election in 2004, the year this one has been compared to most often. And it’s a well-deserved black eye for Gov. Rick Scott, whose party also lost its super-majority margins in both Houses of the state legislature.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.