President Barack Obama and the rest of the country did not have to wait on Florida to find out the winner of the 2012 election, thanks to victories in all but one of the designated toss-up states. (Source: CNN)
Lines of Florida voters wrapped around buildings and city blocks on Election Day, with some waiting hours to fill out a ballot. (Source: CNN)
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:00 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:00:50 GMT
Bystanders and police officers helped rescue a man from a car that was partially submerged in a pond Wednesday afternoon in Boone County. It happened just before 1 p.m. in the 800 block of Sharon DriveFull Story >
Bystanders and police officers helped rescue a man from a car that was partially submerged in a pond Wednesday afternoon in Boone County.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:00 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:00:15 GMT
The White House has named Cincinnati City Council Member Chris Seelbach as the 2013 Harvey Milk "Champion of Change." Seelbach will accept the award this Wednesday, May 22 (Harvey Milk Day) at the WhiteFull Story >
The White House has named Cincinnati City Council Member Chris Seelbach as the 2013 Harvey Milk "Champion of Change."Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:58:35 GMT
Funeral services are set for a Ft. Thomas man killed in Afghanistan. Visitation for Michael Bradford will be Friday at the Ft. Thomas Mess Hall from 4:00 until 7:30. Funeral services will beginFull Story >
Visitation for Michael Bradford will be Friday at the Ft. Thomas Mess Hall from 4:00 until 7:30. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:41:27 GMT
Two suspects are on the run after an aggravated robbery at the BP station in Green Township. It happened just after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the station on Northbend Road. Police say two suspects enteredFull Story >
Two suspects are on the run after an aggravated robbery at the BP station in Green Township.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:38 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:38:29 GMT
Emergency crews are on the scene of a HazMat situation in Downtown Cincinnati. It's happening in the 200 block of West 8th Street. Initial reports are that it could be a mobile meth lab. Police haveFull Story >
HazMat crews responded to a situation Wednesday afternoon in Downtown Cincinnati. Full Story >
Which president had the first telephone? Which commander in chief gambled away the White House china? Or who loved jelly beans? Discover some fun facts about some of the men who've been president.Full Story >
Do you know which president was the first to have a telephone? Which commander in chief gambled away the White House china? Or who loved jelly beans? Discover some fun facts about some of the men who've held the highest office in the United States.Full Story >
The 2012 election may be over, but not all may be lost for Republicans looking for love. Thanks to chemistry.com, you can find your political equal in these cities.Full Story >
Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election, but not all may be lost for members of the GOP looking for love. Chemistry.com lists the cities they are most likely to find their political equal.Full Story >
The final debate before the 2012 presidential election provided an endless amount of viral internet memes as well as the inspiration for some creative fictional Twitter hash tags.Full Story >
The final debate before the 2012 presidential election provided enough memorable moments - one in particular about the Navy - to create an endless amount of viral internet memes. It also was the inspiration for some creative fictional Twitter hash tags.Full Story >
(RNN) – The state of Florida has finished its tally, and its 29 electoral votes have been awarded to President Barack Obama. Not that it mattered.
The Associated Press reported Obama took 50 percent of the popular vote, compared to 49.1 percent for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, making it slightly above the half-percent or less margin that would require a recount. About 74,000 votes separated the two.
There may still be a small amount of overseas and military ballots, which have to be in by Nov. 16, according to the AP. However, they do not affect whether there would be a recount.
While Florida's count officially closes the book on the 2012 presidential race, Obama did not need to carry the state after already reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to be re-elected.
The final count stands at 332 for Obama to 206 for Romney. The president carried eight of the nine "swing states" the campaigns battled for, winning Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin along with the Sunshine State.
Romney only took North Carolina in addition to the states believed to be solid red.
Long lines of people waiting to vote after polling places were scheduled to close, along with late absentee ballots, were blamed for the slowed returns in Florida. All 49 of the other states had been called for one of the candidates by early Wednesday.
The large turnout of Floridians on Election Day came despite early voting in the state, which also saw people waiting for hours to make their choice. Gov. Rick Scott cut the number of early voting days from 14 to eight in 2011.
Scott had refused to extend voting past Saturday, but polling places in some counties were allowed to stay open or provide and accept absentee ballots. Waits in Miami-Dade reached up to seven hours, according to reports.
Florida's 29 electoral votes were the biggest prize among the toss-up states going into Election Day.
The state earned a dubious reputation for its role in national politics in 2000, when it and its then-25 electoral votes decided the presidential race for George W. Bush. The final tally showed a Bush with a mere 537 votes more than Al Gore, out of more than 6 million cast.
Among other issues were the "butterfly ballots" used in Palm Beach County. The odd format, with candidates listed on both sides, may have caused thousands of to voters to accidentally select the Reform Party's Pat Buchanan instead of Gore.
Several news outlets also mistakenly called the state for Gore early into the ballot count before retracting and naming it "too close to call."
Lawsuits and a recount ensued with the race ending so close, leaving the result in question for a month. On Dec. 12, 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 to stop the hand recount, effectively awarding the state and the election to Bush.
Florida voting has gone smoother in the last two presidential elections. Bush won again in 2004 by about five percent, and Obama turned the state blue in 2008 with 51 percent of the vote.
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Saturday, November 10 2012 1:48 PM EST2012-11-10 18:48:37 GMT
(RNN) – With the majority of ballots counted and the question of who will be the next president put to rest, only Florida remains undecided as vote tallies continued into Wednesday. With 97 percent reported,Full Story >
The state of Florida has finished its tally, and its 29 electoral votes went to President Barack Obama. Not that it mattered. Full Story >
Wednesday, November 7 2012 9:48 AM EST2012-11-07 14:48:58 GMT
(RNN) – Obama took on a variety of issues during his first term in the Oval Office, and he pledged to continue his plan of economic recovery in the next four years. His campaign rode the theme of "Change"Full Story >
"This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation," said Mitt Romney in his concession speech.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:16:10 GMT
A big clean up is underway at Amelia High School following a prank. Several trees were toilet papered and the sign in front of the school was also changed. No word on any suspects in the prankFull Story >
No word on any suspects in the prank or if the school system plans to punish those responsible.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:06:35 GMT
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County. The Warren County chase started near Little Miami High School around 11:30 Tuesday night whenFull Story >
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:42 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:42:17 GMT
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday. Kara Perkins agreed to go along when one of her friends said she neededFull Story >
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
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