I-4 Votes

WUSF has banded together with public media partner WMFE in Orlando to cover stories along the I-4 Corridor this election season. The stories from the I-4 Votes collaboration are based on what you consider the most pressing issues in the 2020 presidential election.

(This project is part of America Amplified: Election 2020, a $1.9 million national public media collaboration funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which was launched in the fall of 2019 to bring a different kind of reporting into public media coverage of this year’s election.)

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Donald Trump’s re-election campaign made a stop today in Kissimmee with the president’s son Eric Trump telling supporters to get out and vote. About 100 people braved the midday heat in the parking lot outside the Republican Party field office in Kissimmee to hear Eric Trump, along with campaign adviser Cory Lewandowski, Lt. Governor Jeanette Núñez and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. 

In June 1970, Lawton Chiles was completing a 1,000-mile walk across Florida. The trek earned Chiles the nickname “Walkin’ Lawton” and helped him win a seat in the U.S. Senate.

The next installment in our 50th anniversary series reviews Chiles’ walk as a campaign strategy and its impact on Florida politics.

“Back in 1970, Lawton was a little-known state senator from Lakeland and did not have a huge campaign war chest,” said Ron Sachs, CEO of Sachs Media Group in Tallahassee and former communications director for Lawton Chiles when he was governor.

Fifty-years ago this month, former Gov. Lawton Chiles wrapped up his 1,000-mile walk across Florida. At the time, he was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat.

As part of our 50th anniversary series, we’re taking some time to review “Walkin’ Lawton’s” political legacy, as one of the last Democratic political leaders in a state now controlled by Republicans.

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Updated: Saturday June 27

Vice President Mike Pence has called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona for this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases.

The White House says Pence will still travel to those states to meet with their governors and health teams. Florida and Arizona have set records for new confirmed infections in recent days.

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The deadline for candidates to qualify in Florida for state senator and representative races was noon today. Here's a list of the candidates who qualified for both federal and state elections ahead of the party primaries on Aug. 18. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3. (Note: This list will be updated throughout the day as election offices make more information available.)

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Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden took to the internet with his first "virtual" rally late Thursday, billed as being from Tampa. But this new way of campaigning in the age of coronavirus could use a bit of tweaking.

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The Florida Democratic Party is putting a major effort into getting potential voters to register by mail. That comes in part because of the coronavirus and despite glitches reported in the state registration system.

Joe Biden easily won Florida's Democratic presidential primary, garnering early 62% of the vote against Bernie Sanders. Here are links to the results across the Tampa Bay area (and click the See County Results below for a state county-by-county breakdown):

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Former Vice President Joe Biden cruised to a commanding win in Tuesday's Florida presidential primary Tuesday over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. But the biggest issue at the polls had little to do with politics.

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As Florida voters prepare to go to the polls, a non-scientific survey by public media partners WUSF and WMFE could shed some light into what’s driving voter decisions.

The survey - collected over a four-month period late last year - shows that voters in different counties  along the poltiically important Interstate 4 Corridor have different priorities this election.


As Florida officials try to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the state's voters will head to the polls and cast ballots today in the Democratic presidential primary.

Officials say all are expected to go smoothly despite concerns over the coronavirus.

The Voices Of Florida's Early Voters

Mar 17, 2020

Students in the Political News Reporting class at the University of South Florida were sent into the field to ask early voters in the Tampa Bay area, what issues are driving you to vote?

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Concerns about the coronavirus are expected to have an effect at the ballot box during Tuesday's presidential primary.

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Excitement over Florida's presidential primary is waning, thanks to earlier voting contests in other states and the growing concerns over coronavirus.

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While much of the nation's attention has focused on the Democratic candidates for president, there is also a Republican primary in Florida next week. During a recent luncheon hosted by Women For Trump Florida in Manatee County, even though some expressed concern about the president's past dealings with women, they say their focus is strictly on the future.

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Plans for former Vice President Joe Biden to hold a campaign rally in Tampa Thursday have been cancelled in response to the coronavirus public health emergency.

Floridians are going to the polls on March 17 for the state’s presidential primary. This election cycle, WUSF is focusing on the issues rather than the political horse race.

To do that, WUSF has teamed up with reporters at NPR member station WMFE in Orlando for I-4 Votes, a collaboration covering the election issues that matter to those living along the I-4 corridor.


Former Vice President Joe Biden will be campaigning in Tampa just days before the Florida primary on March 17.

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Sarasota is known for its sunny skies and beautiful beaches, but two years ago, a terrible outbreak of red tide left Bruce Andersen a virtual prisoner of his waterfront condo.

Voters across the country say health care is one of their top issues going into this year's election.

It ranks as the top issue for Democrats and independents and just below the economy for Republicans, polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation has found.

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Florida’s primary election is just two weeks away and public media stations WUSF in Tampa and WMFE in Orlando are banding together to cover stories along the I-4 Corridor this election season.

The stories from the I-4 Votes collaboration are based on what residents consider the most pressing issues in the 2020 presidential election. This week, we're taking a deep dive into a survey of people living in this region of Florida - a critical part of a key swing state.

We start with two hot-button issues: Guns, and immigration.

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More than 500,000 Floridians, or about a quarter of the 2.07 million who have requested mail-in ballots, have already cast votes in the March 17 presidential primary elections, according to numbers posted midday Friday by the state Division of Elections.


As Nevadans get ready to caucus this weekend, the nation should be paying attention. That’s because unlike Iowa and New Hampshire, where the first caucus and primary were held, respectively, Nevada’s population more closely mirrors the U.S. According to the U.S. Census, almost one-third of the state is Hispanic or Latino.

With the 2020 presidential election just months away, WUSF Public Media in Tampa and 90.7 WMFE in Orlando are teaming up to bring in-depth coverage about what is important to Interstate 4 corridor citizens heading toward the voting booth.

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Senator Bernie Sanders is the latest 2020 presidential candidate to open a campaign office in Central Florida. The Winter Park office will be used for grassroots training and events.

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Residents only have one more day to register for the Florida primary on March 17 or to change their party affiliation.

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While Iowa and New Hampshire have captured most of the attention of the Democratic nominees for president, Florida is lurking in the background as one of the biggest prizes of all.

Elizabeth Warren's campaign started canvassing two weeks ago, and volunteers with Michael Bloomberg opened an Orlando field office in early February and another one in Tampa this past Saturday.

Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign was in Orlando on Monday. The campaign held a rally aimed at gun violence. 

Here's an Iowa caucus story with a Florida twist: For years, only Iowans within that state could participate. But now snowbirds and students living in Florida will hold caucuses of their own.  

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Most candidates for president are focusing on today's Iowa caucuses, so Florida has been relegated to the background. One of the few Democrats with a robust ground game in the state is Elizabeth Warren. Her campaign opened an office in Orlando this weekend, and they also kicked off their canvassing campaign in Tampa Sunday.