(Image source: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Of all the swing state prizes, the Sunshine State’s 29 electoral votes make Florida a pretty big get.

So big in fact, The New York Times is calling it a “Must Win” for Mitt Romney.

ROMNEY: “We can begin a better tomorrow tomorrow, and with the help of the people in Florida, that's exactly what is going to happen.”

The Washington Post’s Plum Line blog puts it like this: There is no Mitt Romney victory without Florida.”

The latest Real Clear Politics’ polling average gives Mitt Romney a slim lead of 1.8 percent.

And Public Policy Polling Monday called Florida too close to call — with Obama leading 50-49 percent.

Meanwhile a very tight race in other tossups like Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire and Colorado.

But the electoral math favors President Obama. The winner has to get to 270 electoral college votes, and without Florida, Romney would have to win pretty much every other battleground state.

Over the weekend though, the Sunshine State had early voting issues that saw people waiting hours in line to cast a ballot.

VIA CNN: “The Democratic party then filing a suit early Sunday morning saying people had to have a meaningful opportunity to vote. In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, heavily Democratic counties.”

Democrats filed that suit after Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott refused to extend early voting hours despite those long lines.

According to the Miami Herald, 4.5 million Floridians have already cast ballots. Monday morning early voting figures put Democrats ahead of Republicans by 167,000 ballots.

Both candidates would love Florida in their column, but it’s Mitt Romney who needs it most — given the state’s hefty electoral vote prize. So don’t be surprised if it comes down to the Sunshine State AGAIN.

Why Romney Needs Florida

by Christina Hartman
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Nov 5, 2012

Why Romney Needs Florida

(Image source: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Of all the swing state prizes, the Sunshine State’s 29 electoral votes make Florida a pretty big get.

So big in fact, The New York Times is calling it a “Must Win” for Mitt Romney.

ROMNEY: “We can begin a better tomorrow tomorrow, and with the help of the people in Florida, that's exactly what is going to happen.”

The Washington Post’s Plum Line blog puts it like this: There is no Mitt Romney victory without Florida.”

The latest Real Clear Politics’ polling average gives Mitt Romney a slim lead of 1.8 percent.

And Public Policy Polling Monday called Florida too close to call — with Obama leading 50-49 percent.

Meanwhile a very tight race in other tossups like Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire and Colorado.

But the electoral math favors President Obama. The winner has to get to 270 electoral college votes, and without Florida, Romney would have to win pretty much every other battleground state.

Over the weekend though, the Sunshine State had early voting issues that saw people waiting hours in line to cast a ballot.

VIA CNN: “The Democratic party then filing a suit early Sunday morning saying people had to have a meaningful opportunity to vote. In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, heavily Democratic counties.”

Democrats filed that suit after Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott refused to extend early voting hours despite those long lines.

According to the Miami Herald, 4.5 million Floridians have already cast ballots. Monday morning early voting figures put Democrats ahead of Republicans by 167,000 ballots.

Both candidates would love Florida in their column, but it’s Mitt Romney who needs it most — given the state’s hefty electoral vote prize. So don’t be surprised if it comes down to the Sunshine State AGAIN.

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