2016 Election

Rick Scott in Jacksonville
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After a resounding win in the Sunshine State, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is getting extra support from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

  Primary Elections

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump easily won Florida last night in the state’s key primary election.

Tuesday’s contests, with more than 14 million votes cast in five states, marked a turning point in both parties’ presidential primary campaigns.

Democrats and Republicans can now confidently predict which candidates will likely have the most delegates at their conventions in July: Trump and Clinton, both hold commanding leads.

But challengers John Kasich, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are not giving up the fight.

We discuss the results of Tuesday's primary elections with Dr. Michael McDonald, professor of political science at the University of Florida.

As voters head to the polls Tuesday, new polls show Marco Rubio trailing Donald Trump in Florida's Republican primary.

In the state's Democratic primary, front runner Hillary Clinton is expected to win over Bernie Sanders.

We discuss the latest polls and the political landscape in the Sunshine State with Dr. Will Miller, executive director of Institutional Analytics, Effectiveness, and Planning at Flagler College.

Also joining us are Meredith O'Malley Johnson, founder of the nonpartisan Jax Young Voters Coalition, and Keith Walters, board member of the coalition.

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Jacksonville Democrats came out in force Monday to catch a glimpse of former President Bill Clinton and rally behind his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

  A new UNF poll finds that if the Republican primary were held today, Donald Trump would garner 35 percent of the votes here in Florida.

Marco Rubio comes in second in UNF’s new poll- at 28 percent, and Ted Cruz is a distant third.

We speak with Mike Binder, professor of political science at UNF and head of the school's Public Opinion Research Laboratory, about the results.

Ted Cruz upset Donald Trump in last night’s first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses in a surprise victory.

On the Democrats’ side, Hillary Clinton wins a narrow victory over Bernie Sanders. Now the 2016 nomination fight is on to New Hampshire.

Political junkies here in the US are following the election closely, of course, but what you may not know is that the 2016 presidential election will be the biggest betting event of all-time.

Paul Krishnamurty, chief analyst for the world’s leading betting exchange, Betfair.com, and blogger at PoliticalGambler.com, has been successfully predicting elections since the turn of the century. In 2008, he backed both Barack Obama to become President and John McCain for the Republican nomination.

Krishnamurty early on called Ted Cruz for the GOP nomination, and has placed bets on Hillary Clinton as the slight favorite to win the presidency.

Paul Krishnamurty joins us to discuss how he thinks the 2016 election will play out following the Iowa caucus.

This week, NPR is partnering with WJCT and other member stations to take a close look at the state of mind of American voters heading into the 2016 election.

From growing economic uncertainty, to fears of terrorism, to worries about our identity as a nation, the mood of the voters this year is anxious, frightened and angry.

We discuss the electorate's state of mind with John Delaney, University of North Florida president and former Jacksonville mayor; Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist; Matt Corrigan, UNF professor of political science; and A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics reporter.

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A recently formed task force is trying to register Duval County Hispanic voters ahead of this year’s elections. The group kicked off its efforts at the Jacksonville Landing last Saturday.

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As 2015 comes to a close, economists are looking ahead and trying their best to guess what market forces will do in 2016.

In the last “Business Brief” of the year, analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the year ahead will probably start with a whimper—but it could end with a bang. 

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Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner met with North Florida election supervisors, Friday to plan for 2016.



Former Florida Governor and Republican candidate for president Jeb Bush is in Jacksonville for a town hall meeting Monday where he’s painting himself as the only sensible leader among the GOP candidates.

Bush, unveiling his new slogan, “Jeb can fix it,” told a crowd at Kaman Aerospace: Most people support robust defense spending, but hyper-partisanship has made the issue toxic.

UNF's Public Opinion Research Laboratory recently released their latest polls of likely 2016 Republican and Democratic voters here in Florida. The numbers show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are still the front runners for next year's presidential election. We discuss the results with Mike Binder, UNF professor of political science and faculty director.

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Update: Vice President Joe Biden announced he is not running for the Democratic nomination after this story was first published.

Hillary Clinton is the favored presidential candidate among Florida Democrats and it’s not even close. That’s according to a new University of North Florida poll of likely Democratic voters.

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Donald Trump is still leading the pack of Republican candidates for president in Florida. That’s according to a new University of North Florida poll of likely GOP voters.

UNF Professor Michael Binder says the survey focused on people who voted in the last congressional election.