TODAY   |  November 07, 2012

Florida’s Hispanic votes key to Obama victory

NBC’s Chuck Todd discusses how Florida may be used as a model for the rest of the country to show how changes in demographics, particularly an influx of Hispanic voters in key counties, affected the outcome of the election.

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>> political director and chief white house correspondent continues to crunch the numbers, even at this early hour. chuck, good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, matt. you know, one of the ways, the best ways to show this election is frank lit state of florida . yes, we have it uncalled right now and all the remaining vote, it really does look like, unless there's some sort of accident in florida , missing ballots, and it is florida , so you never know, the president is likely to carry florida , but i want to show you sort of how this demographic time bomb went off and caught the republicans off guard. it happened right here in the i-4 corridor, and in particular right here in on the other hand ore. i'm going to give you osceola county , the president won by 25,000 votes. two cycles ago it was a county won by president bush with 5,000 votes. the big change is an influx of cuban and hispanics. florida shows you, the next place where this will happen, where the demographic time bomb went off. going to happen in georgia. the fastest growing bloc in georgia is spanish, texas and the state of arizona and this is where, to just sort of add to this -- add to this story line here of what the republican party is facing, this issue with hispanics becoming a 75-25 democratic voting bloc , mitt romney outperformed john mccain and still lost.

>> using his gadgets to illustrate what david gregory was talking about here in the studio. chuck, thank you very much.