MIAMI (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama won Florida's 27 electoral votes Tuesday, using a huge staff and money advantage to deal a crushing blow to John McCain in a state the Republican desperately needed.
Obama's statewide organization was unprecedented for a Democratic presidential candidate. Polls said the state was too close to call right up to Election Day. With more than 7 million votes counted, Obama had 51 percent and McCain had 48.
After ignoring Florida in a Democratic primary that broke party rules, Obama quickly sent hundreds of workers and began airing TV ads far ahead of McCain. But he didn't catch McCain in the polls until the financial mess on Wall Street.
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