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November 7th, 2012
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DNC Chair: Florida will ultimately go to President Obama, says ground game was key to election win

Voters reelected President Obama as president of the United States today. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) shares her take on the win live from Chicago, where the Obama campaign celebrated its victory, and what’s going on in her state of Florida. It’s the lone yellow state on our CNN map where the votes haven’t been completely counted yet.

Wasserman Schultz says that CNN may soon “change that from yellow to blue” because the president was ahead by about 60,0000 votes when counting shut down last night in order to resume this morning. “So, I think Florida is ultimately gonna be called for President Obama,” she says.

CNN Contributor John Avlon asks if the president’s successful turnout in previously “too-close-to-call” Florida was due to a grassroots strategy or to Latino voters.

“Both,” she answers. “We actually increased the turnout in Florida, and across the country, from 2008 with Latino voters, with African American voters, with younger voters. And so because of the ground game, because we emphasized door knocking, and phone calls, and just tremendous outreach.”

Wasserman Schultz explains the Obama Campaign’s defeat of the Romney Campaign with a biblical metaphor. “David slew Goliath, when it comes to money,” she says. “The door to door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor campaign beats billionaires trying to buy the White House.”

Another victory last night was democrats retaining control of the Senate, but the House still remains in control of the House. CNN Political Contributor Hilary Rosen asks if democrats and republicans can actually get to working together again. “Yes,” Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz says. “That’s absolutely critical if we’re gonna continue to move our economy and country forward.”

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