MIAMI — President Barack Obama was re-elected Tuesday. Mitt Romney's campaign conceded defeat in Florida on Thursday. And a few indefatigable politicians are already planning on making pit stops in Iowa.

But in Florida, time stood still — until Saturday. After days of counting absentee ballots, the official results are in. To no one's surprise, Obama narrowly beat out his Republican rival 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes.

The state is consumed by finger-pointing and finger-wagging as election officials, lawmakers and voters try to make sense of what went wrong on Election Day and during early voting. A record number of Florida voters — 8.4 million, or 70 percent of those registered — cast ballots. Of those, 2.1 million people voted early, and 2.4 million sent absentee ballots. In some cities, voters waited as long as seven hours to vote on both Election Day and the eight days of early voting before it.

Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, said he planned to meet with the state's top election official, Ken Detzner, the secretary of state, to see how Florida could improve the process. And the mayor of Miami-Dade County, where voters endured the state's longest lines, has formed a task force to find out what went wrong.

"We could have done better; we will do better," Detzner told CNN on Friday. The New York Times



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