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Donald Trump claimed his place Wednesday as America's 45th president, an astonishing victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters' economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.

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Republican businessman Donald Trump won the key battleground state of Florida on Tuesday, edging out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after a fierce campaign.

Voters Turn Out Lights On Solar Amendment

Nov 8, 2016

A controversial solar-energy ballot initiative fell short short of the 60 percent voter approval it needed Tuesday, concluding for now one of the most-expensive constitutional amendment campaigns in Florida history.

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Charlie Crist completed his political comeback Tuesday, beating incumbent Congressman David Jolly for Congressional District 13. After his victory speech, the Democrat thanked the voters of Pinellas County.

“They have been very kind to me,” Crist said. “I'm going to work extremely hard for them and I want to make sure our seniors are protected, Social Security is protected, that we fight to protect our beautiful environment here in Pinellas County, it's the jewel of Florida.”

Medical Marijuana Soars To Approval

Nov 8, 2016

Stunning even some of the proposal's most avid supporters, Florida voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a broad swath of conditions.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio won a second term Tuesday in a race where he was forced to defend his support for Donald Trump and turn back suggestions he was only seeking re-election to advance his future presidential ambitions.

NPR’s politics team will be here all night with up-to-the-minute results, news, analysis and updates from around the country.

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

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There's only one day to go before the election - and Florida is in the cross hairs of both parties today. Donald Trump spoke to about 5,000 raucous fans at a packed Robarts Arena in Sarasota Monday. His 50-minute address was basically his standard stump speech for the past week, which included a stop Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

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Souls to the Polls is a Democratic effort across the country to get voters who attend African-American churches to vote. 

On Sunday, several St. Petersburg churches participated. 

Preliminary numbers show record participation in early voting in Florida. In fact, according to the latest figures from the Florida Department of State, close to 5.3 million residents of the state have already cast their ballots. Decision Florida looks at how electoral authorities are dealing with reports of irregularities and how Florida is getting ready for expected historic turnout on Nov. 8. 

Bon Jovi, Kaine Rock The Vote In St. Petersburg

Nov 6, 2016
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A capacity crowd of 700 filled the State Theatre in St. Petersburg Saturday night to hear Jon Bon Jovi make his case for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The musician played some acoustic versions of his hits and reminded the audience how Florida in the past has decided the outcome of the presidency.

Young, Buesing, Redner Battle for Revamped Tampa District

Nov 5, 2016

Looking to move to the state Senate, House Majority Leader Dana Young is embroiled in an election battle that includes a longtime Tampa lawyer and a wealthy strip-club owner.

District 18, which covers a portion of downtown Tampa and MacDill Air Force Base, stretching north to the Hillsborough-Pasco County line, is an open seat after it was redrawn because of a lengthy court dispute about the constitutionality of Senate districts.

Fl Supreme Court Rejects Effort To Block Solar Power Amendment

Nov 4, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a pair of legal moves aimed at striking down a solar-energy ballot initiative backed by major utilities.

In terse, single-line statements, justices dismissed as "moot" requests by the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and the group Floridians for Solar Choice to reconsider the court's approval of ballot language for the initiative known as Amendment 1.

We’re nearing Election Day, and millions of Florida residents are still contemplating who they will select to represent them in Tallahassee and local offices.

Most of the attention this campaign season has focused on the important presidential race, and some voters may still be wondering about the candidates for school board and state legislative races.

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Early voting ends this weekend in Florida, and elections supervisors are predicting a record turn out.

To help cut down on wait times, several county websites are offering a "wait time" tool that updates every hour.  

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National polls show that it's a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. A west Tampa bakery has a presidential poll of its own. 

Alessi Bakery, which has been in Tampa since 1912, has had this cookie poll since 2004. 

This election season has been unprecedented – even by Florida’s standards. From the panhandle to the peninsula, the Sunshine State’s residents are talking about Trump vs. Clinton, the race for the U.S. Senate, new political boundaries and familiar issues: the economy, health care, water, education and guns.

That’s why WUSF 89.7 joined with other public radio stations across the state to bring you the voices of voters and a weekly discussion to help make sense of the issues.

In an election season that's this close, who wins or loses could boil down to who's getting people to the polls. One national conservative group is on the ground targeting Florida voters, and they're using technology, not to promote a candidate, but to push their own agenda.


A team of activists pound the sidewalks on a hot morning in the Brandon Brook subdivision, just off State Road 60.

Solar Amendment Is Losing Support

Nov 3, 2016

Polls are showing that Amendment 1, which supporters say gives Floridians the right to own solar equipment, has seen a rapid decline in support over the past month.

According to a poll conducted by St. Leo University, the amendment had 84 percent support from likely voters in September, and now has 59 percent.