Obama Wants Florida's Electoral Votes for His 51st Birthday

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Obama Wants Florida's Electoral Votes for His 51st Birthday

President Obama made his wish after supporters in Florida sang "Happy Birthday" to him.

Published August 3, 2012

What sort of birthday gift does one get for a man who seemingly has everything, including the most powerful job in the world? For President Obama, Florida's 29 electoral votes in November is a good start. He will need a total of 270 to win his re-election bid.

A group of approximately 2,500 supporters who filled the gymnasium at Rollins College just outside Orlando delivered a "Happy Birthday" serenade to the president Thursday two days before he turns 51.

"If I'd known you guys were going to sing, we would have had a cake. And then I would have blown out the candles," he said. "I would have made a wish — that probably would have had to do with electoral votes. Winning Florida wouldn't be a bad birthday present."

He may just get that wish. A poll released earlier this week by Quinnipiac University, CBS and The New York Times found that Obama has a 51 to 45 percent edge over rival Mitt Romney in Florida.

The president will spend the big day at the presidential retreat Camp David, but will host a birthday-themed fundraiser at his home in Chicago on Aug. 12. Two of the guests will be the winners of a contest to encourage small donors to give for the chance to attend the event.

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(Photo: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

Written by Joyce Jones


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