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Northeast Florida residents reacted Wednesday to Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Their calls flowed into “First Coast Connect” with both hope and fear in their voices.

Florida Politics reporter AG Gancarski joined First Coast Connect Wednesday to talk about President-elect Donald Trump’s upset win and other races around Florida and the First Coast. We also heard from poet Andy Rojas and writer Tim Gilmore about the upcoming Jax by Jax Literary Arts Festival. 

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Duval County Republicans are celebrating the victories of Republican Senator Marco Rubio and President-elect Donald Trump.

At a downtown hotel Tuesday evening, Republicans filled a large ballroom with cardboard cutouts of Rubio and Trump on stage, while Fox News broadcasted returns. It was the Duval County Republican watch party.

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The U.S. in the final days of one of the most divisive presidential elections in recent memory. Supporters of the two major candidates seem to hate the other side as much as they love their own.  

We wondered, what would those supporters say to calm the fears of the losing side, if their guy, or lady, wins on Tuesday?

Here’s what we found out at the Trump and Clinton rallies yesterday in Jacksonville.

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Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump rallied at Jacksonville’s Equestrian Center on Thursday.

And while Trump was speaking, thousands of people were lining up at the University of North Florida to see President Barack Obama campaign on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

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With about 5 million ballots already cast in Florida, the state is on track to beat the all-time record for turnout in a presidential election.

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the surge is partly because of first-time voters and what are considered unlikely voters, or those who didn’t vote in the last two elections.

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President Barack Obama rallied at the University of North Florida for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Obama’s visit happened the same day Republican Donald Trump also rallied in Jacksonville.

At the Equestrian Center on the city’s Westside, several current and former Northeast Florida Republican elected officials warmed up the crowd before Trump spoke, including state Sen. Aaron Bean and former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, who’s running for Congress in District 4.

A week until Election Day and stress levels are high. On Tuesday’s First Coast Connect, we spoke with Jacksonville University assistant professors of Mental Health Counseling Whitney George and Jason Orrock. Tuesday also kicks off National Epilepsy Awareness Month, ande we spoke with David Grissett with the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and neurologist Dr. Syed Asad. Then, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods joined us to talk about his recently completed trip to walk across Duval County. And finally, Springfield’s Porchfest is Saturday and we spoke with founder Christina Parrish. We were also treated to an in-studio performance by local band Canary in the Coalmine. 


With Election Day just over a week away, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin appeared on First Coast Connect Monday. The group has long advocated for the rights of the LBGT community and Griffin is a long time supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. In honor of National Veterans Small Business Week, host Melissa Ross spoke with local veteran and business owner Gina Garcia and Natalie Hall with the Small Business Administration. This month’s First Coast Success segment with Karen Brune Mathis featured Richard Rosenblum from the local third-generation clothier Rosenblums, and Cole Pepper spoke about the Florida-Georgia game and the other weekend sports news. 


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Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a narrow lead in a new poll of Florida’s likely voters by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida.

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President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at the library in downtown Jacksonville Friday afternoon as part of his "Stronger Together" bus tour of Florida.

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South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn, the highest-ranking black House member, stopped in Jacksonville Monday to rally African-American support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Our Media Roundtable of Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union; Fred Mathews of the Examiner; Tim Gibbons of Jacksonville Business Journal; and A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics joined guest host Ryan Benk to talk about State Rep. Reggie Fullwood, who pled guilty to mail fraud. Benk also spoke with Michael Fisher and Pastor Steve Goyer from Riverside Presbyterian Church about Sunday’s screening of the documentary “Father Joseph” at SunRay Theatre. Linda Boucard, a close associate of Father Joseph Philippe joined us by phone from Washington D.C. We also spoke with Hospice of the Golden Isles vice president of development Mary Crosby about next weekend’s St. Simons Island Food and Spirits Festival that raises funds for the hospice.    

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JACKSONVILLE — Former NBA star Grant Hill was at Edward Waters College on Monday to campaign for Hillary Clinton and encourage students to register to vote.

WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride; Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth of Folio Weekly; and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski joined Melissa Ross on our Friday Media Roundtable to discuss the news of the week. Museum of Contemporary Art spokesperson Denise Reagan discussed its latest art exhibit “Retro-spective.” We heard from Olympic skating legend Michelle Kwan regarding her work for the Hillary Clinton campaign and Palestinian musicians the Dal’Ouna Ensemble joined the show ahead of its performance Friday evening at the Ramallah Club of Jacksonville.