2020 Election - Local

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Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford is among the Republicans who plan to object to certifying the Electoral College results Wednesday.

Duval Democrats say this security footage shows a man with a gas mask and a threatening note.
Duval County Democratic Party

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating a threatening note that reads in part, “we want blood,” that was left at the Duval County Democratic Party headquarters.

DeSantis Says Trump Loss Could Affect Florida

Dec 15, 2020
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A day after President Donald Trump lost the Electoral College vote,  Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested Tuesday that the exit of his close political ally from the White House could affect Florida on issues such as the coronavirus pandemic.

Dean Black
Left photos: Cyd Hoskinson, Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News / Right photo: Duval County Republican Party

The Republican Party of Duval County's Executive Committee has unanimously voted to reelect Dean Black as the county's party chairman.

Florida’s Presidential Electors met Monday, as did their counterparts from all other 49 states in the nation, to officially cast their votes for the 2020 election.

President Donald Trump won Florida by a comfortable margin in November, but lost the election nationally to President-elect Joe Biden.

The Associated Press reported Monday evening Biden broke the 270-vote threshold needed to win, officially cementing his victory.

Georgia elections officials say they're investigating a Bay County attorney after he tried to register to vote using his brother's address in an Atlanta suburb.

Georgia is a state where the 2020 elections haven't ended yet, but the 2024 presidential race may already be underway.

Republicans with an eye on the White House in four years are hitting the trail on behalf of the two Republican senators trying to save their seats in runoff elections, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

Florida Democrats are doing some self-reflecting after Republicans flipped 3 seats in the state House during the 2020 election. They now have a 77-43 disadvantage. In the Senate, Republicans gained one seat. Many democrats are questioning how the party should move forward after yet another disappointing election.

Sean Shaw is a former Democratic state lawmaker who now runs the group, People over Profits.

Florida politicos are crossing over into Georgia as that state faces a critical runoff in two U.S. Senate races. Those seats could decide the fate of the Senate—and Republicans and Democrats are battling to get their candidates across the finish line. The fight over Georgia, coupled with Florida’s relatively low profile at the moment, is raising a question: is Georgia, the new Florida?

STEVE CANNON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While continuing to question Republican campaign tactics, state Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, a Miami Democrat, conceded his re-election bid to Ileana Garcia on Thursday after a hand recount didn’t alter the outcome of the District 37 contest.

Political Observers Weigh Florida's Swing Status

Nov 13, 2020

While President Donald Trump won't be getting a second term in the White House, he managed to win Florida and by a larger margin than he did when he defeated Hilary Clinton in 2016. The President's popularity in Florida, coupled with a strong showing by Republicans in down-ballot state and local races, has some political observers questioning whether it’s still accurate to call Florida a swing state.

Florida Inmates Speak Out About The Presidential Election Results

Nov 12, 2020
Prison photo
Fresh Take Florida

The days following the election were tense, one inmate said. Like waiting for a child to be born.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., was tapped by his GOP colleagues Tuesday to lead Republican Senate campaign efforts in 2022.

Scott, who was elected to the Senate in 2018 after eight years as Florida governor, will serve as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Leon County ended up bluer than usual after Election Day. A longtime local politician was ousted on the county commission, and a fresh face arrived on the judicial circuit. Local voters are not sticking with incumbents like years past.

Local Elections in Leon County this year have bucked expectations. Media Consultant Kevin Cate believes there’s a new trend in the way city and county residents are voting.

Orlando Bacallao waves a banner with the face of President Donald Trump outside of an early voting location at the John F. Kennedy Library, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Hialeah, Fla.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

A top Florida campaign strategist for President Donald Trump credited outreach to a broad swath of voters and sophisticated use of data as playing key roles in Trump’s win Tuesday over Democrat Joe Biden in the state.

A Look At Why Florida Presidential Polls Were Wrong

Nov 6, 2020
Picture of Joe Biden supporter
Fresh Take Florida

If the pre-election polls had been right, Joe Biden would have won Florida.

Floridians flock to the federal health-insurance exchange in higher numbers than any other state, but Obamacare-supporting political candidates, including incumbents and hopefuls, got beat in key state and federal races Tuesday.

Florida Democrats during the campaign tried unsuccessfully to paint President Donald Trump as the man who would repeal the Affordable Care Act and place millions of people with pre-existing conditions at risk, but Trump defeated Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the state, capturing more than 51 percent of the vote.

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Forget purple state. And don't even think about blue state.

Florida Republicans dominated Tuesday's elections from the top of the ballot on down, leaving Democrats searching for answers after more than two decades of GOP control of the state.

GPB News

Officials in Georgia's largest county, processing their votes inside the State Farm Arena, originally hoped to have the remainder of their ballots processed before 3 a.m. under pressure from a public hungry to know if Biden wins the White House and gives Democrats the state for the first time since 1992 and from the state's chief election official seeking to move along the post-election process.

Is Florida Even A Swing State Anymore?

Nov 5, 2020

President Donald Trump took Florida by 375,000 votes over former Vice President Joe Biden in Tuesday's 2020 general election.

This win for Trump included 55 of Florida’s 67 counties. WUSF political reporter Steve Newborn and the News Service of Florida point to some key reasons why the Sunshine State's political psyche is shifting.

Attorney John Morgan
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The architect of a Florida referendum approved on Tuesday that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026 said that critics of the measure are making excuses.

Florida's historic State Capitol is in the foreground with the State Capitol tower in the background.
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A single-seat expansion of the Republican majority in the Florida Senate hinges on several hundred uncounted vote-by-mail ballots in Miami-Dade County. 

Julio Cortez / Associated Press

As he defeated Democrat Joe Biden in Florida, President Donald Trump on Tuesday used a familiar Republican playbook for statewide races: dominate in rural and mid-sized counties and try to hold down losses in urban areas.

Associated Press

In a tumultuous race that could help determine the fate of the White House, President Donald Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden in the battle Tuesday for Florida’s 29 electoral votes.

Andrew Harnik
Associated Press

Joe Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Duval County since Jimmy Carter in 1976, but the former vice president’s success didn’t translate down the ballot.

Higher Florida Minimum Wage Amendment Passes; Open Primaries Amendment Fails

Nov 3, 2020
LYNNE SLADKY / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Florida voters narrlowly approved gradually boost the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, while narrowly rejecting a proposal that would have overhauled the state’s primary-election system.

STEVE CANNON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

It was a strong night for incumbent state representatives representing Duval County.

Jody Phillips Will Be Duval's Next Clerk Of Courts

Nov 3, 2020
Repubican Jody Phillips has been elected the next Duval County Clerk of Courts.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Republican Jody Phillips will succeed term-limited GOP incumbent Ronnie Fussell as the next Duval County Clerk of Courts.

Duval County Public Schools headquarters
CYD HOSKINSON / WJCT NEWS

Voters in Duval and Clay counties have decided to implement a half-cent sales tax to improve the infrastructure and safety of public schools in their counties.

Kevin Carrico and Nicole Hamm
Carrico and Hamm campaigns

Republican Kevin Carrico has been elected to the Jacksonville City Council District 4 seat, defeating Democrat Nicole Hamm 53.45% to 46.55% with 100% of District 4's precincts reporting.

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