Romney Adviser: We Lost Florida

Counting continues, but outcome looks certain

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 8, 2012 4:38 PM CST

(Newser) – Three of Florida's big counties are still counting absentee ballots, but an adviser to Mitt Romney says it's all over: “We thought based on our polling and range of organization that we had done what we needed to win," Brett Doster tells the Miami Herald. "Obviously, we didn’t, and for that I and every other operative in Florida has a sick feeling that we left something on the table."

President Obama leads Romney by about 55,000 votes in the state, with the counting of absentees still under way in Broward, Palm Beach, and Duval counties, reports the Orlando Sentinel. But the Herald's Marc Caputo writes that Romney aide Doster is correct—there's not enough votes left in GOP areas for Romney to make up the difference. The official ruling may not come until Saturday, but bank on a final electoral count of 332-206.

Workers scan in absentee ballots at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department Tuesday.
Workers scan in absentee ballots at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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