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Election day across the state

Election day across the state


The Newest on Election Day in Florida (all occasions native):

7:30 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. John Rutherford has been re-elected in Florida.

Voters on Tuesday handed Rutherford a second time period representing the state’s 4th congressional district, which is centered in the Jacksonville space. Rutherford defeated Democrat Ges Selmont and two independents to retain his seat.

Rutherford is a former Jacksonville sheriff who additionally had an extended profession as an officer with the division.

Selmont is an lawyer who grew up in Connecticut and has lived in northeast Florida for 9 years.


7:30 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has gained re-election in Florida.

Bilirakis gained a seventh time period in the Home in Tuesday’s vote. He represents Florida’s 12th congressional district, which incorporates northern elements of the Tampa Bay space.

Bilirakis defeated Democrat Chris Hunter, a former federal prosecutor.

Bilirakis is an lawyer and former state legislator whose father, Mike Bilirakis, served in Congress for 24 years.


7:30 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has gained re-election in Florida.

Crist gained a second time period in Tuesday’s election by defeating Republican George Buck in the 13th congressional district, which incorporates the Tampa Bay cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

Crist is a former Republican Florida governor who switched events after an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate. Crist additionally served in the Florida Legislature and as lawyer basic.

Buck is an Military veteran and former school professor who presently consults on emergency administration and terrorism points.


7:30 p.m.

Democratic Rep. Al Lawson has been re-elected to Congress from Florida.

Lawson gained a second time period Tuesday representing the fifth District, which extends from Tallahassee to Jacksonville in north Florida.

Lawson is a longtime former state legislator and insurance coverage agent. He defeated former Jacksonville mayor Alvin Brown in the Democratic main in August.

On Tuesday, Lawson defeated Republican Virginia Fuller, a registered nurse and pediatric-care facility operator who moved to Florida about two years in the past after many years in California.


7:30 p.m.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Invoice Posey has gained re-election to Congress from Florida.

Posey defeated Democratic challenger Sanjay Patel in Tuesday’s election for a sixth time period in the Home. Posey represents Florida’s eighth congressional district, which incorporates the cities of Melbourne and Vero Seashore.

Earlier than his election to Congress, Posey served in the Florida Home and Senate. He’s a longtime actual property agent.

Patel’s web site says he’s a political activist who focuses on financial justice and truthful wages, well being care as a human proper, and assured public schooling for all Floridians.


7:30 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster has gained a fifth time period representing a congressional district in central Florida.

Voters on Tuesday handed Webster a victory in the 11th District, which incorporates the cities of Spring Hill and the Villages, an enormous retirement group of former non-Florida residents.

Webster defeated Democratic challenger Dana Cottrell, a instructor in Hernando County.

Earlier than he was elected to Congress, Webster served in the Florida Legislature for 28 years. He owns an air-conditioning and heating enterprise.


7:30 p.m.

GOP Rep. Ted Yoho has been re-elected to the U.S. Home from Florida.

Yoho defeated Democratic challenger Yvonne Hayes Hinson for a fourth time period representing Florida’s third congressional district, which incorporates the cities of Gainesville and Ocala.

Yoho is an animal veterinarian and small-business proprietor who sits on the Home Agriculture and Overseas Affairs committees. He had by no means run for public workplace earlier than his first congressional marketing campaign.

Hinson is a former Gainesville Metropolis Fee member, particular schooling instructor and principal, and entrepreneur.


6:45 p.m.

A line of thunderstorms is disrupting the election-night celebration of Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum.

The Tallahassee mayor determined to carry his election-night celebration outdoors on the campus of Florida A&M College. Each Gillum and his spouse attended the historic black college.

The heavy rain brought on by the storm pressured the evacuation of a information media tent as a result of it was collapsing as a consequence of the stream of rain pounding down on it.

Gillum supporters and reporters crammed right into a scholar cafeteria as lightning flashed and the rain continued to pour down.

These backing Gillum, nevertheless, remained upbeat and continued to chant Gillum’s slogan “Bring it home” as the thunderstorm continued.

Gillum is operating towards Republican Ron DeSantis in the race to succeed Gov. Rick Scott.


5:20 p.m.

A Florida church that’s internet hosting a polling place is being criticized by election officers after its pastor posted an indication studying “Don’t vote for Democrats on Tuesday and sing ‘Oh How I Love Jesus’ on Sunday.”

Pasco County Elections Supervisor Brian Corley advised the Tampa Bay Occasions on Tuesday that his workplace had acquired 75 complaints about the signal by midafternoon. He stated that he requested the Grace of God Church in New Port Richey to take down the signal, however as a result of it isn’t inside 100 ft (30 meters) of the precise polling place he can’t pressure its removing.

The Rev. Al Carlisle stated he posted the signal due to the Democratic Celebration’s help of abortion and homosexual rights. He additionally stated Democrats favor open borders, which he stated contradicts God’s institution of borders round the Backyard of Eden. He stated if individuals are offended by the signal, their drawback is with God, not him.

Corley stated the church has lengthy been a polling place nevertheless it won’t be in the future.


four:15 p.m.

Election officers say polling locations in a single north Florida county are having hassle with their digital ballot books.

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections spokesman T.J. Pyche says digital ballot books have been having intermittent points on Tuesday, however they weren’t taking place at an alarming fee.

Officers say all 62 polling locations in the county have paper backups out there, so any voter whose registration is updated ought to be capable of vote as regular, even when the precinct is having hassle with the digital ballot books. Anybody whose registration wasn’t displaying up correctly wanted to vote with a provisional poll.

For about an hour in Sarasota County on Tuesday morning, staff at one precinct needed to inform voters to return again later as a result of their ballots weren’t obtainable.


11:55 a.m.

Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and his spouse Casey voted early Tuesday morning in Ponte Vedra Seashore.

A small crowd of supporters chanted, “We want Ron!” He shook arms and thanked supporters earlier than he and his spouse, holding their youngsters Madison and Mason, went into the polling place.

DeSantis faces challenger Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to exchange Gov. Rick Scott, who’s operating towards Democratic U.S. Sen. Invoice Nelson in a race that would assist decide whether or not the U.S. Senate stays in Republican management.


11:35 a.m.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and his spouse R. Jai voted Tuesday morning at a church in the northside of the metropolis. As he left the polling place, a crowd gathered outdoors chanting, “Bring it home!”

“I tried to look over to see what she was doing,” Gillum stated of his spouse whereas holding their 1-year-old son Davis.

“I voted for you,” she replied.

Gillum talked about how he tried to maintain his marketing campaign constructive regardless of assaults from former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump.

He stated that profitable “will send a message to Mr. Trump, and Mr. DeSantis as well, that the politics of hatred of division and separation, that they’ve come to an end. At least in this election.”

He added that “people are going out and they’re voting for something and not against. And by voting for something we’re returning to the politics of decency and what’s right and what’s common between all of us.”


11:25 a.m.

Greater than 5.2 million voters forged ballots forward of Election Day in the battleground state, and data present that Democrats have a slight edge.

New statistics launched Tuesday by the state Division of Elections present that greater than 2.7 million individuals voted early, and almost 2.5 million individuals have voted by mail.

Democrats have forged greater than 2.1 million ballots. Republicans have forged 2.08 million. Greater than 973,000 voters with no social gathering affiliation have additionally voted.

This yr’s totals far exceed these of 2014 midterms, however are nonetheless in need of the 6.6 million who voted forward of Election Day in 2016. In 2014, Republicans edged Democrats in votes forged earlier than Election Day, whereas Democrats led two years in the past in the presidential election. Regardless of the edge from Democrats in 2016, President Donald Trump gained Florida as a consequence of a surge of GOP voters on Election Day.

Florida’s greater than 13 million registered voters are selecting a brand new governor and voting on a pivotal U.S. Senate contest.


eight:13 a.m.

Polls opened quietly at Miami Seashore Metropolis Corridor, the place a brief line of individuals waited to forged ballots.

Amongst the first in line Tuesday morning was Greg Freeman, who took a red-eye flight from the West Coast to ensure he might vote in his Miami Seashore district on Election Day.

Freeman had an inventory of issues that mattered to him as he forged a poll in the gubernatorial race between former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. He cited well being care, the capability to inform the fact and human decency.

Freeman voted for Gillum. He stated well being care is a precedence for him due to a pre-existing medical situation. He’s already seen his insurance coverage premiums sky-rocket and says he doesn’t “want to be in a high-risk pool.”

In Little Havana, 34-year-old Enrique Tarrio says he selected DeSantis as a result of the companies he owns have flourished beneath Republican Gov. Rick Scott. He says DeSantis is “picking up where Rick Scott left off.”


7:05 a.m.

Voters in Florida are electing a U.S. senator, a brand new governor and a number of other new members of Congress whereas additionally deciding as to if approve 12 proposed modifications to the state’s structure.

Polls opened Tuesday morning in Florida’s Japanese time zone and can open one hour later in the western portion of the Florida Panhandle, which is in the Central time zone. Polls shut at 7 p.m. native time.

The selection between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and three-term incumbent Democrat Invoice Nelson might assist decide whether or not the U.S. Senate stays in Republican management.

Many citizens took benefit of early voting, which ended Sunday. As of Monday morning, Democrats had a slight benefit of two.06 million to 2.04 million in votes forged by mail or at early-voting websites.