2018 election

Updated at 1:55 p.m. ET Thursday

With women making up only 20 percent of Congress, there are many types of women — especially women of color — who have never been represented on Capitol Hill. The record-breaking wave of female candidates in 2018 comes with a list of firsts among those women. Here's a list of some of those firsts, which we will keep updating as results come in.

DeSantis Defeats Gillum To Keep GOP In Control Of Florida Politics

Nov 6, 2018
From the beginning of his campaign, Ron DeSantis, a lawyer and former congressman, tied his electoral chances to Trump, using frequent appearances on the Fox News network to defend the president and his policies.
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In another razor-thin election, Florida voters on Tuesday continued a two-decade streak of Republican dominance by electing former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis as governor.

With more than 8 million votes counted, the state Division of Elections showed DeSantis leading Democrat Andrew Gillum by a margin of 49.88 percent to 48.9 percent, or about 78,000 votes.

Updated at 3:44 a.m. ET Wednesday

Republicans and Democrats will split control of Congress next year. House Democrats are projected to pick up enough GOP-held seats to take the majority in the House, according to The Associated Press. Senate Republicans are projected to maintain and perhaps expand their majority.

The results create a divided Capitol Hill next year and mean President Trump's plans for new tax cuts, tougher immigration legislation and changes to the Affordable Care Act will be blocked.

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In one of Florida’s most tightly contested U.S. House races, incumbent Republican Carlos Curbelo (District 26) was defeated by Democratic challenger Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

In his concession speech, the outgoing congressman condemned political violence and called for bipartisanship.

“This country needs to heal,” he said. “If we don’t start respecting and appreciating each other again, even when we disagree, then it’s not going to matter who wins elections in the future.”

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A pair of redistricting proposals in Broward County have passed.

The proposed changes to the Broward County Charter were modeled on the state's fair districting standards.

The first change explicitly says districts can't be drawn to help or hurt a party, or single out minority groups.

The second change is aimed at making the redistricting process more transparent. It requires the process be overseen by an accredited college or university--as opposed to a private consultant.

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South Florida's green spaces got some serious green from voters Tuesday.

A half dozen municipalities across South Florida asked voters to weigh in on bond items that would help pay for parks and recreation initiatives. The projects involved everything from improving lighting and walkways to creating entirely new parks.

With little exception, the cities that asked for bonds to fund parks and rec, got them. And there were a lot of places asking:

Fort Lauderdale
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Voters in Broward County decided Tuesday to create a dedicated trust fund for affordable housing programs.

The trust fund creates a localized version of the state's affordable housing fund, the Sadowski Fund. But unlike the Sadowski fund, money in Broward's fund must be used exclusively on housing projects and programs. 

Future county commissions can choose how much money to contribute each year, but will not be forced to contribute a specific amount. 


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South Florida voters passed a series of tax increases on their ballots.

Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties asked for tax hikes to pay for public institutions and services. All of them got them:

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On Tuesday, Floridians chose to permanently ban offshore drilling and workplace vaping—two proposals bundled together under the statewide ballot item, Amendment 9.

As WLRN previously reported, the odd pairing was part of a controversial process:

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Miami residents voted not to give a raise and some new authority to City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

When Suarez was sworn in as City of Miami mayor, the job did not come with nearly the power he wanted. The city had a "weak" mayor system--meaning the mayor didn't have hiring or firing powers and was limited in authority over the day-to-day operations of the city.

So Suarez lead a petition drive to reorganize city government in a way that gave more personnel and budget decisions to the mayor.


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