Panel makes Obama's Florida victory official

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama's victory
in Florida is now official.

The state's three-member Elections Canvassing Commission
unanimously approved the results on schedule Monday - 13 days after
a virtually glitch-free election.

That's in sharp contrast to the 2000 election when Florida's infamous recount dragged on for 35 days.

The U.S. Supreme Court then called it to a halt, giving Florida and the presidency to Republican George W. Bush by just 537 votes.

Obama, a Democrat, won Florida by more than 236,000 votes - 51
percent to 48.2 percent - over Republican John McCain.

The results became official with the signatures of Lt. Gov. Jeff
Kottkamp and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson. Gov. Charlie
Crist participated by telephone.

He planned to sign later Monday.


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