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Florida makes it official and certifies election results

Gov. Rick Scott and two other statewide elected officials who comprise the state's Election Canvassing Commission certified the 2012 results Tuesday, an action that formally delivers Florida's 29 electoral votes to President Barack Obama.

Fittingly, however, every county but one reported final results to the state. The lone county to miss the deadline was St. Lucie County, where Secretary of State Ken Detzner said the county failed to submit final official results by the state's deadline of 12 noon on Nov. 18.

"If a county's returns are not received by the Department of State by the deadline, the date filed returns thall be ignored, and the results on file at that time shall be certified by the Department," Detzner told the canvassing board, which includes Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Detzner emphasized that the county's official final numbers, which were determined after the deadline, would not have altered the outcome of any race.

"It's always disappointing when something like that happens, but it didn't impact the election," Scott said afterward.

-- Steve Bousquet