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2016 Elections

In 2012, Florida’s election results were decided by less than one percent. In 2000, fewer than 600 votes separated the candidates.

About 15 protesters assembled at Attorney General Pam Bondi's Tampa office Thursday.

They were protesting her decision not to sue Trump University around the same time Bondi received a $25,000 donation from the Donald J. Trump Foundation. 

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Hillary Clinton spoke to more than 1,000 people Tuesday afternoon in a gymnasium at the University of South Florida Tampa. There, before a crowd mixed with students and others, she took jabs at her presidential opponent, Republican Donald Trump, and spoke directly to Floridians.

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Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit the University of South Florida in Tampa.

According to the presidential nominee's press office, she's set to speak Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. at the University of South Florida Student Recreation Center.

Recounts Ordered In Senate Race Between Rouson, Narain

Sep 1, 2016
Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

After a narrow margins in Tuesday's primary elections, Secretary of State Ken Detzner late Thursday ordered machine recounts in the races for a Tampa Bay Senate seat.

Detzner's orders were triggered by a requirement for recounts when results show a candidate winning by 0.5 percent or less. Canvassing boards will have to submit the recount results by 3 p.m. Sunday.

The recount was ordered in the Democratic primary in Senate District 19, where Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg held a 76-vote lead over Rep. Ed Narain of Tampa after Tuesday's voting.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.

It appears we won't know the official winner of the State Senate District 19 race until at least Friday.

Only 61 votes separated the apparent winner, State. Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg, and State Rep. Ed Narain of Tampa.

That's well within the threshold of one-half of 1 percent needed to trigger a recount.

Meredith Beatrice, communications director for the Florida Division of Elections, says a "machine recount" is automatically triggered if the numbers are less than that amount. She says they won't know the official tally until all ballots are delivered to the Division from elections officials in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties by noon Friday.

Voters Head To The Polls For Primary Election

Aug 30, 2016
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. 

Mariana Sánchez Ramírez

University of South Florida senior Mariana Sánchez Ramírez received a political awakening in Cleveland in July.

The Mexican born 22-year-old was one of a hundred students invited to take part in the Washington Center for Internships and Academic SeminarsRepublican National Convention event. The independent nonprofit group invites students from around the world to gain college credit through various political programs.

Detert's Exit Leads To GOP Primary Battle In Sarasota, Charlotte Counties

Aug 14, 2016

When Sen. Nancy Detert decided this year to run for the Sarasota County Commission instead of seeking another term in Tallahassee, it opened up a seat that Republicans have long controlled.

And as the Aug. 30 primary approaches, five Republicans -- including four current or former office-holders -- are competing to replace Detert.

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On the campaign trail in Florida, Donald Trump asserted that the presidential elections could be “rigged.” That’s a touchy subject for a state that was mired in controversy over the presidential ballot count in the 2000 election.

“Among all the offensive things he (Trump) said this week, that’s probably like number seven,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in response to Trump's claim.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took to the stage of the Coliseum in St. Petersburg Monday afternoon where she bashed rival Donald Trump's economic plan and promoted her own.

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One week after the shooting that left 49 people dead at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, an impassioned Pam Keith was fired up as she spoke to a Democratic Party meeting on gun control in Hollywood.

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Many Floridians - and the rest of the nation - first got to know Congressman Alan Grayson with statement’s like this:

“Remember the Republican plan: don’t get sick, and if you do get sick die quickly,” he said in a 2009 House floor speech about health care that went viral on YouTube.

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A University of South Florida student who came to the United States from Mexico when she was 6 years old is in Cleveland this week, working and studying at the Republican National Convention.

Recent USF graduates Victor Sims (left) and Frank Cirillo are both running for political office this year.
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This year, while a lot of college students are getting ready to vote in their first presidential election, two recent University of South Florida graduates are running for office.

One-Quarter Of Legislature Elected At End Of Qualifying

Jun 28, 2016
Florida House of Representatives

Floridians won't get to cast a ballot for more than one-fourth of the people in charge of making laws and piecing together the state budget over the next two years.

Of the 160 offices that make up the Florida House and Senate, 42 drew only a single candidate who qualified for the Aug. 30 and Nov. 8 general elections. The state Division of Elections officially finalized the list of qualified candidates just minutes before 9 p.m. on Friday.

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  Candidates wanting to run for political office in Florida had until noon today to qualify. Races ranging from U.S. Senate to local school district seats are up for a vote, starting with party primaries on Tuesday, Aug. 30. 

Manatee County 2016 Qualifying Candidates

Jun 24, 2016

The Following is a list of candidates who have qualified in Manatee County for the 2016 election cycle. The partisan races include party affiliation.  

For a list of state house and senate candidates, click here.

Cleark of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

  • Angelina "Angel" Colonneso, REP

County Commission, Dist. 1

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Businessman Todd Wilcox is dropping out of Florida's Senate race and will back Marco Rubio, who decided at the last minute to run for re-election.

Wilcox made his announcement Friday, two days after saying he would stay in the race despite Rubio's decision.

That leaves only Carlos Beruff in the GOP primary against Rubio, who dropped out of the presidential election in March and insisted he wouldn't seek a second term. On Wednesday, two days before the deadline to get on the ballot, Rubio announced he changed his mind.

Sarasota County 2016 Qualifying Candidates

Jun 24, 2016
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections

The Following is a list of candidates who have qualified in Sarasota County for the 2016 election cycle. The partisan races include party affiliation.  

For a list of state house and senate candidates, click here.

Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller           

  • Todd Barton, Democrat
  • Karen E. Rushing, Republican              

Sheriff

Federal and State 2016 Qualifying Candidates

Jun 24, 2016
Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

The Following is a list of candidates who have qualified for the U.S. Senate and Congressional seats in Florida, as well as for the state House and Senate races for for the 2016 election cycle. Party primaries will be held on Aug. 30, and the general election is Nov. 8. Candidates without opposition are automatically elected.   (Note: Elections offices are updating the lists throughout the day Friday. We will update as information becomes available.)

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Pasco County 2016 Qualifying Candidates

Jun 24, 2016
Pasco County

The Following is a list of candidates who have qualified in Pasco County for the 2016 election cycle. The partisan races include party affiliation.  

For a list of state house and senate candidates, click here.

Clerk of Circuit Court & County Comptroller 

  • Paula S. O'Neil, REP
  • Roberta  Cutting, NP

Property Appraiser

Pinellas County 2016 Qualifying Candidates

Jun 24, 2016
Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections

The Following is a list of candidates who have qualified in Pinellas County for the 2016 election cycle. The partisan races include party affiliation.  

For a list of state house and senate candidates, click here

Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

  • Ken Burke, REP

Sheriff

Polk County 2016 Qualifying Candidates

Jun 24, 2016
Polk County Supervisor Of Elections

The Following is a list of candidates who have qualified in Polk County for the 2016 election cycle as of noon Friday. The partisan races include party affiliation.  

For a list of state house and senate candidates, click here.

Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller

  • Stacy M. Butterfield

County Commission District 1

Hillsborough County 2016 Qualifying Candidates

Jun 24, 2016
Polk County Supervisor Of Elections

The Following is a list of candidates who have qualified in Hillsborough County for the 2016 election cycle. The partisan races include party affiliation.  

For a list of state house and senate candidates, click here

Clerk of Circuit Court

  • Eric  Seidel, REP
  • Kevin Beckner, DEM
  • Pat Frank, DEM

Sheriff

  • David Gee, REP

Property Appraiser

Reports of Marco Rubio's eagerness to leave the Senate may be greatly exaggerated.

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Donald Trump made his third presidential campaign stop in Tampa on Saturday and left promising it won’t be his last.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott warmed up the Tampa Convention Center crowd of several thousand people.

Donald Trump is the apparent GOP presidential nominee after his two remaining rivals ended their White House bids.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday evening in Columbus. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race Tuesday night after a disappointing loss in Indiana.

The rapid moves in the past 24 hours bring to a close a wild GOP primary season that leaves the one-time unlikely candidate as the party's apparent nominee.

How many times must it be over before it's really over?

This time, the endless 2016 presidential primary looks truly over, so long as you're a Republican.

The Republican Party will not name its nominee until July in Cleveland, but the last suspense went out of the contest Tuesday night in Indiana with Donald J. Trump's latest romp over his last serious competitor.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is endorsing Donald Trump one day after the billionaire won the state’s presidential primary.

Scott made the announcement Wednesday on his official Facebook page.

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