TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — The state of Florida’s 29 electoral votes were officially cast for President Barack Obama at a brief ceremony Monday at the state Capitol.

It took a little more than 30 minutes for electors to commemorate Obama’s win in November and hear from outgoing Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith.

Obama, who also prevailed in Florida in 2008, was the first Democrat to carry Florida twice since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Smith said. “That means that we have a president who I think,. finishes this election and hits this inauguration with the wind at his back,” Smith said.

Electoral votes will officially be counted Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., with Obama’s second inauguration following two weeks later.

“The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.”



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