2018 elections

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More than two hours after the polls closed in most of Florida, the marquee races — for governor and U.S. Senate were too close to call.

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This post was updated with new information at 12:00 p.m., Nov. 7, 2018.

In the race to be Florida's next Commissioner of Agriculture, at first it looked like Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell narrowly beat out Democratic candidate Nikki Fried.

Caldwell had claimed victory at his election watch party in North Fort Myers. 

But now, the race is too close to call and will be going into a manual recount.

After 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, just over than 12,000 votes separated the candidates. That means Fried and Caldwell are 0.16 percent apart.

Scott-Nelson Senate Race Could Require A Recount

Nov 7, 2018
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Although Gov. Rick Scott declared victory late Tuesday in his race for a U.S. Senate seat, numbers posted Wednesday morning on the Florida Division of Elections website indicate a recount could be needed.

The updated numbers showed Scott with 4,074,001 votes, or 50.21 percent, while Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson had 4,039,498 votes, or 49.79 percent. Under state law, a recount is triggered when the margin is 0.5 percent or less.

Such a recount would involve running ballots through tabulating machines to determine the accuracy of the vote totals, according to state law.

Note: NPR will be updating these numbers as more results come in.

Updated at 10:44 a.m. ET Thursday

After Tuesday's elections, a record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019.

With results still coming in, 98 women have won their House races as of early Wednesday morning, up from the current 84. In addition, at least 13 women won Senate seats. That's in addition to the 10 female senators who were not up for re-election this year.

There are a lot of different ways to read the results from elections across the country Tuesday.

There will be lots of spin in the coming days about what it all means, but here are seven ways to cut through the noise and put what happened in context:

1. It was a Democratic wave in the House, and that is a very big deal.

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Donna Shalala, a Democrat, won a long-held Republican congressional seat in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday, giving her party a crucial win in its bid to retake the House of Representatives.

Shalala defeated Maria Elvira Salazar, a well-known television journalist, by about six percentage points in a race that attracted national attention.

Rick Scott Edges Bill Nelson To Win U.S. Senate Seat In Tight, Historic Race

Nov 7, 2018
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Rick Scott did it again.

Powered by a highly-motivated Republican turnout and another $60 million from his vast personal fortune, Gov. Scott clinched a seat in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and dislodged deeply-entrenched Democrat Bill Nelson from office.

Despite a record turnout for a Florida midterm election and widespread predictions of a Democratic “blue wave,” Scott won his third straight statewide election.

As of midnight, Scott led Nelson by about 56,000 votes, strikingly close to his 2014 victory by 64,165.

Jimmy Patronis Wins Full Term As Florida's CFO

Nov 6, 2018
Tampa Bay Times via Miami Herald

After being appointed as state chief financial officer last year by Gov. Rick Scott, Republican Jimmy Patronis on Tuesday won a four-year term in the Cabinet post.

Patronis, whose focus during the final weeks of the campaign was diverted to his hometown of Panama City after Hurricane Michael hit, defeated former state Sen. Jeremy Ring, a Broward County Democrat.

Patronis had received about 52 percent of the vote as of 11 p.m., according to the state Division of Elections.

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.

Kate Stein / WLRN

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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In a major win for the politically powerful Florida Sheriff’s Association, the largest law enforcement agency in the state of Florida will soon be led by an elected sheriff, thanks to the passage of Amendment 10.

Currently, the Miami-Dade County Police Department is headed by a police chief, who is appointed by the county mayor.

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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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