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Decision Florida: Exploring A Trump Presidency in the Sunshine State

President-Elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech as Vice President-Elect Mike Pence looks on during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Florida helped propel Donald Trump to his historic presidential win. 

Record voter turnout in South Florida -- and the Democratic votes that came -- were not enough to hold off a surge of voters for Trump almost everywhere else. 

Hispanics did not support Hillary Clinton in large enough numbers and some were not put off by Trump’s rhetoric about immigration. Instead, the economics and strong on crime and trade messages resonated with Florida voters.

Decision Florida talks with the head of Hispanic outreach for the Republicans and state party officials.  

Hosts Matthew Peddie, from WMFE in Orlando, and Tom Hudson, from WLRN in Miami, talked with Helen Aguirre Ferre, the director of Hispanic communications for the Republican National Committee, about Hispanic turnout in the state. 

Donald Trump won 119,489 more votes in Florida than Hillary Clinton. Clinton won big in South Florida, where she had more than a half-million-vote margin. She won in Hillsborough, Orange County and in Tallahassee. But everywhere else, the election map was red.
Decision Florida spoke with Blaise Ingoglia, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, about delivering Florida for Trump. Then Scott Arceneaux, the executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, explained how Florida Democrats failed to boost Clinton in suburban areas outside of Tampa and Orlando. 

In the second hour of Decision Florida, Melissa Ross, from WJCT in Jacksonville, and Tom Hudson, from WLRN, speak with former Florida Sens. Bob Graham and George LeMieux to discuss Trump in the White House and what his administration could do for Florida. Then we turn the question to our audience: What could Republican control in Washington and Tallahassee mean for the economy? The environment? Education?

Listen to the second hour of the two-hour Decision Florida.

Katie Lepri Cohen is WLRN's engagement editor. She previously covered city government and corruption, environment and the arts at the Miami Herald. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Florida International University.