Barack Obama was declared winner of the 2012 Presidential Election at 11 p.m. Tuesday night, but some seventeen hours later, both the results in Florida and the final nationwide popular vote are still unknown. The Florida results, for one, are simply too close to call and election officials want to make sure they tally every last vote. The popular vote, meanwhile, is dependent on the submission of more results, like those in Florida.
The Huffington Post is reporting that 100% of the votes in Florida have been reported, but a call is yet to be made as to which presidential candidate will take the state’s 29 electoral votes. So far, Barack Obama has 49.9% of the vote with 4,143,342 total votes. Mitt Romney has 49.3% of the vote, with 4,096,314 votes. “Others” currently holds 0.9% with 71,247 votes. If these numbers stand, Barack Obama will add another 29 electoral votes to to his current total of 303.
The national popular vote, for the moment, also remains undecided. At the time of publishing, President Obama has a total of 60,367,866 votes, making up 50.4% of the popular vote. Mitt Romney lags slightly behind with 57,572,736 votes, or 48.1% of the popular vote.
Nate Silver posted to the New York Times at 2:31 a.m. Wednesday morning that Obama is “likely” to win the popular vote, “perhaps by two to three percentage points, once votes from California, Oregon and Washington are fully counted.”
Romney held the lead in the popular vote for most of the election, but that was mostly because polls in western states had not closed. When they did, high density population centers in California and other western states tipped the scales in Obama’s favor.
Many pundits had worried that this election would mirror that of 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but lost both the electoral college and, obviously, the election.