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TAMPA, Fla. -- On Wednesday morning, after another election meltdown in Miami, the result of the presidential race in Florida was still uncertain.
By dawn, all precincts in the state had finished reporting, and the totals gave an edge of more than 46,000 votes for President Obama -- about a half-percent.
But a number of counties had not yet counted their absentee ballots. In Miami-Dade, election workers still had to count 20,000 absentees. In Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg, there were about 9,000 absentees yet to be counted.
The worst of the problems were in Miami-Dade, the state's largest county. Long lines began before the polls opened Tuesday and never let up; when the election was called for Obama, people were still standing in line at dozens of precincts. The last Miami-Dade voter finished just after 1 a.m., the Miami Herald reported.
Elections officials said it would be Wednesday afternoon before the results would be final.
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