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The deadly February school shooting in Parkland led to a landmark gun and school safety law. The November midterm election lasted well beyond Election Day in Florida, with a mandated recount in a few races. Blue green algae and red tide swirled in waters around the state, and Hurricane Michael slammed into the Panhandle.

Senator Bill Nelson’s more than three-decades-long political career has come to an end. After a contentious election and chaotic recount, Governor Rick Scott will take over as Florida’s Senator next month.

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Upon winning the Florida governor’s race, Ron DeSantis had firmly established himself as an unyielding partisan who’s an ardent defender of President Donald Trump and a relentless prosecutor of his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum. 

But in the two weeks since Election Day, the 40-year-old former congressman has been tinkering with his brand. 

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.

UPDATE: Judge Mark Walker has ruled Florida's system for curing issues with mail-in ballots is being applied unconstitutionally. Walker is giving voters that have problems with their mail-in ballots until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, to correct the issue.

Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign is asking a federal court to give supervisors of elections more time to recount ballots as a Thursday deadline approaches to complete the recounts in Florida’s Senate, gubernatorial and agriculture commissioner races.

Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign is suing the Florida Department of State in an effort to count mail-in ballots that were postmarked before Election Day but not delivered before the polls closed Tuesday. An attorney for the campaign said it’s voter disenfranchisement, but the Rick Scott campaign disagrees.

President Trump Vows To Send Lawyers Amid Ballot Counting

Nov 9, 2018
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President Donald Trump tweeted Friday he’s sending lawyers to expose “fraud” in Broward County as ballots continue to be counted ahead of a noon Saturday deadline for canvassing boards to submit unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.

Updated 4:37 p.m. ET

Incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida is calling for a recount in a razor-thin race with Republican Rick Scott, the state's outgoing governor.

Scott is up by about 34,000 votes out of 8.1 million cast. That's within the half-percent margin that launches an automatic recount in Florida.

Scott claimed victory Tuesday night. But Nelson is not conceding. In a statement, Nelson said, "We are proceeding to a recount."

Nelson's campaign estimates that there are more than 100,000 ballots left to be counted.

Scott-Nelson Senate Race Could Require A Recount

Nov 7, 2018
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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.

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.

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Across Florida blooms of toxic algae are threatening beaches and waterways.

Now the algae stands to influence the state’s top political races.

In Cocoa Beach the afternoon is mild, the sky is bright and the surf is breaking. But Tony Sasso can’t stop coughing.

Miami Herald

With only three days before Election Day, former president Barack Obama stumped for Florida Democrats in Miami on Friday with a message that voting blue could help create unity across the state.

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Just days before Election Day, the Florida electorate is as divided as ever, with polls showing tight races for Florida governor and the U.S. Senate.

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Governor Rick Scott is sweeping through Tampa this week, making a final appeal to voters ahead of next Tuesday's midterm election.

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