2018 elections

Florida Certifies Results Of Contentious 2018 Election

Nov 20, 2018

Trump-allied Republican Ron DeSantis was formally elected governor of Florida and outgoing Gov. Rick Scott elected U.S. senator on Tuesday when the state certified election results two weeks after tight margins prompted tumultuous recounts.

Caldwell Concedes Cabinet Race To Fried

Nov 19, 2018
Meredith Gettings / Florida House of Representatives

Republican Matt Caldwell pointed to a need for political “sanity” and a “peaceful transfer of power” Monday as he conceded the race for Florida agriculture commissioner to Fort Lauderdale lawyer Nikki Fried, the only Democrat to win statewide this year.

Caldwell, a real-estate appraiser from North Fort Myers who has served the past eight years in the Florida House, said in a statement that he still had questions about how ballots were handled in Palm Beach and Broward counties, where he had filed a lawsuit. But he didn’t want to use “legal loopholes to win an election.”

Courtesy of ACLU Florida

After 40 years of leading American Civil Liberties Union chapters in Michigan and Florida, Howard Simon is calling it quits.

He’ll remain in Florida, and plans to stay active, but will relocate from Miami to the Gulf Coast. The end of a long career with such a venerable organization might normally elicit polite plaudits from across the political spectrum. But that’s not necessarily true when it’s the ACLU.

Katie Lepri / WLRN

November isn’t just Thanksgiving and elections in South Florida. It's also when the Miami Book Fair sets up shop at Miami Dade College’s downtown campus.

Associated Press

With election workers in most of Florida’s 67 counties wrapping up their recounts on Sunday, Palm Beach was preparing to continue counting votes past Thanksgiving — and possibly Christmas.

Jose A. Iglesias / Miami Herald

Former medical-marijuana lobbyist Nikki Fried is on the verge of being the only Florida Democrat to capture a statewide win, gaining votes over Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell in the race for agriculture commissioner after a manual recount was completed Sunday.

The manual recount also had no effect on the outcome of three razor-thin legislative races, in which Democrat Janet Cruz flipped a state Senate seat and House Republicans picked up one seat and held onto another.

Nelson Concedes Senate Race, Scott Headed To Washington

Nov 18, 2018

With a victory margin of a little more than a tenth of a percentage point out of 8.2 million votes cast, Gov. Rick Scott has won election to the U.S. Senate, ending the four-decade political career of Bill Nelson.

Miami Dade County met the Sunday 12 p.m. deadline to complete the recount process for both the U.S. Senate seat and the state’s next Agricultural Commissioner, but those supervising the Miami Dade County Elections Department shared mixed reviews.

A clear glass wall separated the recount from volunteer supervisors, a room about the size of a racquetball court with only a handful of chairs.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has defeated Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in the Florida Senate race after a protracted and contentious recount.

Following both a machine and hand recount — mandated by law given the very tight margin of less than 0.25 percentage points — Scott continued to lead Nelson by more than 10,000 votes out of more than eight million votes cast.

"I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service," said Scott in a statement issued by his campaign.

Federal Judge Rejects Two More Florida Elections Lawsuits

Nov 16, 2018
Miami Herald

With a machine recount in the rearview mirror and a manual recount underway, the legal challenges over Florida’s elections are piled up.

In two rulings late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker shot down an attempt to keep Republican Gov. Rick Scott from interfering in the recount process and nixed another challenge focused on the way county canvassing boards decide which ballots should be tossed.

Sam Turken / WLRN News

Hundreds of people at Broward County's election warehouse finished reviewing ballots earlier than expected on Friday as part of a statewide manual recount for the U.S. Senate race. 

Nikki Fried Campaign

The race for Florida Agricultural Commissioner is headed to a manual recount.

Last Tuesday, Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell claimed victory at an election watch party in North Fort Myers. But the vote differential between Caldwell and Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried ended up being so small that the race went to an automatic recount. Fried now leads Caldwell by .066%. 

On Thursday, Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered a hand recount for the race.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN News

The telenovela that is the Palm Beach County recount continued to unfold Thursday inside the Supervisor of Elections Office. Overheated and old machines, a lack of sleep for workers and last-minute vote discrepancies were to blame.

When asked by reporters about the looming deadline for the state recount, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told reporters that the “likelihood is slim” that the county will finish by 3 p.m. 

Judge: Florida Election Problems Make It A 'Laughingstock'

Nov 15, 2018
Associated Press

A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker also rejected a request to extend the deadline later in the day for all of the state's counties to submit the results of a machine recount.

"We have been the laughingstock of the world, election after election, and we chose not to fix this," Walker said in court.

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