December 31, 2012

Long lines killed 50,000 votes in Florida

Political Wire - An Ohio State University researcher has found that "as many as 49,000 people across Central Florida were discouraged from voting because of long lines on Election Day," the Orlando Sentinel reports.

"About 30,000 of those discouraged voters -- most of them in Orange and Osceola counties -- likely would have backed Democratic President Obama ... About 19,000 voters would have likely backed Republican Mitt Romney ... This suggests that Obama's margin over Romney in Florida could have been roughly 11,000 votes higher than it was, based just on Central Florida results. Obama carried the state by 74,309 votes out of more than 8.4 million cast."

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