That would be Ohio who put President Barack Obama over the top at 11:15 p.m.
One dizzying night, and one day later, Florida’s vote in the presidential election is not fully counted, and Tampa and Hillsborough cannot take bragging rights for leading the way in a very tight contest which at the very last moment cut the way of President Barack Obama and resulted in his victory over Mitt Romney and four more years in the White House.
In fact, if any Belle had anything to do with Obama’s win, exit polls conducted by USA Today show that many of the last minute swing voters in other states were persuaded by the President’s response to the savage Hurricane Sandy.
The President has a full plate handed to him along with the distinction of being the 17th President to win a second term, and the first President since Franklin Roosevelt to win re-election when unemployment is so high – 7.9% according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
There were Florida winners in the election, among them, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will return to Washington, D.C. with a resounding victory over Rep. Connie Mack, and three Florida Supreme Court Justices who had been targeted for removal with vicious attack ads will retain their seats.
And ironically the people of Florida who will all win due to the spiking of eight of the proposed 11 verbose meatball Florida Constitutional Amendments. Three of the amendments which protect property tax rights for veterans, widows of first responders who are killed in the line of duty and needy senior citizens passed.
Social Media was another winner, for the first time ,it went mainstream in a national election with Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posting millions of hits throughout the day and night.
The voters who stood in lines for hours to vote, defying voting machine failures, improper ballots, inclement weather and for those in the Northeast, lack of power and light and still reeling from the storm, were all winners.
And the TV and cable networks were winners, providing rip-snortin’ fast breaking in-depth factual reporting and counting through the night, and doing it all with dazzling style, electronics and pizzazz…and just enough caution.
Now, The President can get on with the job and the vision he promised four long years ago, and the two parties can work out a system where they can return each other’s phone calls, and we can all relax until the next deluge of political ads, and speeches, and political wingnuttery we all endure cheerfully every four years.
Oh, and there was one more winner.