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Election results lagging in some Florida counties

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Elections officials in Pinellas and Miami-Dade counties were still counting ballots Wednesday, even though the presidential race has already been decided.

President Barack Obama held a slim lead in Florida early Wednesday, but he didn't need the largest swing state to win re-election. Instead, he captured several other battleground states.

In Florida, the race was too close to call as 200,000 votes had yet to be counted. Obama's lead was much less than that -- about 50,000 ballots.

MAP: Tampa Bay area election results

Long lines at the polls and last-minute absentee ballots prevented votes from being counted in some places. Miami-Dade elections officials counted through the night and had about 20,000 absentee ballots left to count Wednesday. Pinellas County officials reconvened at 9 a.m. to tally more than 9,000 absentee ballots received on Election Day.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he's willing to look at whether changes are needed to make voting go smoother in Florida. He came under a barrage of criticism after he refused to use his emergency powers to extend the number of days of early voting. The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature last year cut back the number of early voting days.

In some counties, voters stood in lines for hours before being able to vote and in some instances, voters did not cast a ballot until after midnight.

Scott said he will sit down with state election officials soon to discuss ways to improve the election.

The Republican governor, however, sidestepped questions about whether the win by President Barack Obama means he could be in danger when he seeks re-election in 2014.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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