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Shellshocked Romney concedes Fla.
 
Mitt Romney pauses during his concession speech on Nov. 6: After coming up well short in battles for the Senate and White House, the GOP has some serious soul-searching to do.
Mitt Romney pauses during his concession speech on Nov. 6: After coming up well short in battles for the Senate and White House, the GOP has some serious soul-searching to do.
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A top adviser to Mitt Romney is conceding that President Obama won Florida, the lone state still counting ballots after Tuesday's election. An official declaration, expected Friday, would extend Obama's Electoral College victory to 332 votes against Romney's 206. Thursday's unofficial count put Obama up by 55,832 votes, but the bulk of the uncounted ballots come from densely populated areas in South Florida where Obama beat Romney by a wide margin. "The numbers in Florida show this was winnable," Brett Doster, a senior strategist for Romney in the state, said. Another Romney aide said the former GOP candidate was "shellshocked" when swing state after swing state went for Obama, because Romney and his inner circle truly thought they would win. "It was like a sucker punch," one Romney adviser said.

 

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