Trump Wins Florida, Key Swing State
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.
The win means that Trump will be in line to receive Florida's 29 votes in the electoral college.
Both Trump and the Democratic nominee pegged their campaign fortunes to Florida.
Clinton and Trump and their allies spent in excess of $120 million dollars in advertising in the lead-up to Election Day, according to Kantar Media's political ad tracker. More money was spent on television advertising in Florida than any other state in the nation.
The two nominees — as well as their top backers — repeatedly made campaign swings through the state to boost turnout. Clinton lost Florida even though President Barack Obama campaigned on her behalf in the Sunshine State.
Trump's victory snaps a streak by Democratic presidential candidates. Obama carried the state in both 2008 and 2012. GOP President George W. Bush won Florida during his 2004 re-election bid.
Trump, a part-time resident of the state, easily won the state's Republican presidential primary in March, when he crushed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
While some top Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott, endorsed Trump, he had trouble winning over some Republicans, including those living in populous Miami-Dade County. Rubio did endorse his former rival but then opted against campaigning with him in the closing weeks before Election Day.