Nikki Fried pulls ahead in ‘too close to call’ Florida agriculture commissioners race

Two days after the 2018 elections in Florida, it’s looking more likely that several state and local races are headed to recounts, including one for the commissioner of agriculture. On election night, Republican Matt Caldwell led Democrat Nikki Fried by about 12,000 votes, about 0.16 percentage point, however, as provisional, absentee, military and overseas ballots continue to come in that margin…

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Affordable Care Act Open Season Has Begun

Open Season for enrollment or to make a changes to insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” began on November 1 and will end on December 15. The Trump administration is making it as difficult as possible this enrollment season, cutting the enrollment period by half and reducing funding for health care navigators,…

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Nelson calls for recount in Florida Senate race

Florida Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson called Wednesday for a recount in his race for re-election against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. In a statement from Nelson’s office, the longtime incumbent said Scott had prematurely declared victory in the race, which CNN has not yet called. In Florida, an automatic recount is triggered when the final margin…

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Florida U.S. Senate race between Rick Scott, Bill Nelson could be heading for recount

Florida’s hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate could be heading for an automatic recount. Republican Rick Scott holds a 34,700-vote lead over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson out of more than 8.1 million ballots cast for a difference of 0.42 percent, according to unofficial returns posted by the state Division of Elections. State law triggers a recount if the difference in…

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Local Democrats Out-Perform Statewide Dems

Almost lost in the election night turmoil was the fact that four local Democrats actually out-performed in Charlotte County over the Dems at the top of the ticket. Olivia Babis gathered nearly 39% in Charlotte County’s portion of the District 23 State Senate Race. Catherine Price won better than 37% in the District 26 State…

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Turnout is huge

Vielka Wambold, president of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida, was working for the Charlotte County Democrats at the Mid-County Regional Library and said there seemed to be more energy this election than in the past. For voters on both sides, she said, “Nothing’s going to stop them.” (Read more in Sun)

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Andrew Gillum Concedes to Ron DeSantis in Florida Governor’s Race

Ron DeSantis was elected governor of Florida on Tuesday, handing President Trump an important victory and extending the Republican Party’s dominance in the nation’s third-largest state. Mr. DeSantis, a 40-year-old former congressman, fended off his opponent, Andrew Gillum, one of the strongest candidates Florida Democrats had fielded in years. Republicans have now won every election…

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PredictIt: Odds favor Andrew Gillum, Bill Nelson

Plenty of internet experts have all sorts of predictions as to what will happen Tuesday night. But those putting their money where their mouth is see good news for Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson in their respective races for Governor and U.S. Senate. As of the drafting of this piece (though with numbers subject to change), the…

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