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Florida Democrats Congratulate President Obama on Winning Florida

The Florida Democratic Party has released the following statement from Chairman Rod Smith on the presidential contest in the Sunshine State:

On behalf of Florida Democrats, I wish President Barack Obama congratulations on his re-election and on winning Florida's 29 electoral votes.

Florida Democrats ran the strongest, largest ground game this state has ever seen: out-registering Republicans for eight consecutive months, cutting the GOPs historical absentee ballot advantage in half, requesting over a million Democratic absentee ballots for the first time in history, and out-pacing Republicans during every day of early voting, and this hard work has paid off.

"It is appalling that two days after the election, Florida was not able to report our presidential election results. This embarrassment lays at the feet of Governor Rick Scott who made a decision to cut early voting in half and continually refused to extend early voting hours in light of the record turnout. Clearly, his move was a serious mistake that should and must be corrected. We call on Governor Scott and the Legislature to reform Florida's voting systems in the upcoming legislative session to ensure that we correct this affront to our system of democratic participation.

"But over the last few days, I,, like so many here, was moved watching Floridians stand in record long lines and inclement conditions doing everything they can to overcome the obstacles to participating in our democracy placed in their path by Governor Rick Scott and the Republican Legislature."

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