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Local Issues, Candidates Draw Tampa Bay Area Voters To The Polls

With more than 1.75 million votes already cast by mail or in early voting, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said primary-election day started smoothly.
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Results are too close to call in the race for State Senate District 19. Only several hundred votes separate State Representative Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg from Tampa Representative Ed Narain. A recount is expected.

Senator Marco Rubio supporters celebrated the incumbent’s victory in the G-O-P primary race for his current seat. During a watch party tonight in Kissimmee Rubio thanked voters for getting his one step closer to a return to Washington.

Longtime supporter Carlos Cabrera said Rubio is the only candidate for the seat.

“He is very important in the Senate because if we lose the Senate, the country is going to be controlled by Supreme Court justices that are going to issue laws of their own for a generation,” said Cabrera.

2016 Primary Election Results

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Wendy Whitt

Preliminary Primary Election results

U.S. Senate*

Republican

  • Beruff, Carlos  (REP) – 18.71%                      
  • Rubio, Marco  (REP) – 71.79%   
  • Young, Dwight Mark Anthony (REP) – 6.35%       

Democrat

Scott Audette / Visit Florida

When people in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, it sent ripples surging across the pond. With about 1.7 million British visitors per year, and hundreds of thousands of British homeowners here, they've had an oversized impact on tourism, real estate and investment. How will the British decision to leave the EU affect Florida's economy?

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With more than 1.75 million votes already cast by mail or in early voting, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said primary-election day started smoothly.

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Tonight (Aug. 30), there's a town hall meeting at The Dream Center at 922 24 St. East in Bradenton from 6 to 8 p.m. At issue is the desperate need for foster care families to take in the children who've lost parents to a heroin epidemic in Manatee County.

Scott Audette / Visit Florida

British tourists love to visit Florida!   With about 1.7 million British visitors per year, they’ve had an oversized impact on tourism, real estate and investment. On Florida Matters, we'll discuss how  the British decision to leave the European Union could affect our economy. In this preview of the show, WUSF's Robin Sussingham spoke to Dr. Jerry Parrish, chief economist with the Florida Chamber Foundation, about how tourism could be affected by Brexit.


Voters Head To The Polls For Primary Election

14 hours ago
Lawrence Lease

Voters around the Tampa Bay area are heading to the polls today to cover several key races. Follow WUSF staff and journalism students from the University of South Florida as we bring you live coverage. 

Health Officials Find Another Local Zika Case In Miami-Dade

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State health officials on Monday reported another locally transmitted case of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County. 

Orlando's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount in Florida.

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