|2016 Florida Election Results|
2016 "Unofficial" General Election Results
Prepared by: Metz, Husband & Daughton
As of 11:20 pm, on November 8, 2016
With hundreds of thousands of newly registered Florida voters since the last presidential election, the 2016 election cycle was certainly one of the most unprecedented elections in the state's history. All 67 Florida counties offered early voting from October 29 through November 5, 2016, with additional days of early voting being allowed at the discretion of each county Supervisor of Elections. As early voting came to a close, nearly half of Florida's registered voters had already cast their ballots for the general election by November 6th.
Takeaways & Big Picture from Florida's General Election:
· As of the morning of November 7th, the state's Division of Elections' website reported that 6.42 million votes had been cast in at early-voting locations or with vote-by-mail ballots. Florida had 12.86 million registered voters for the General Election.
· With early votes and vote-by-mail ballots returned prior to the general election, the University of Florida reported that the number of Hispanics voting before the general election increased from about 552,000 in 2012 to around 976,000 this year and the number of African American voters casting ballots before Election Day grew from approximately 764,000 in 2012 to more than 834,000 this year.
· U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) who initially declined to run for reelection to pursue a presidential bid won his reelection bid retaining his Senate seat against Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy.
· Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won in Florida over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. With 94.4 percent of the state's precincts reporting, Trump was winning by 1.5 percent - a lead of almost 134,000 votes out of nearly 9.2 million counted.
· Charlie Crist, a former one-term Republican governor who lost the 2014 governor's race as a Democrat, defeated U.S. Representative David Jolly (R-Indian Shores), in the redrawn Congressional District 13.
· Orlando political newcomer Democrat Stephanie Murphy ousted veteran U.S. Representative John Mica (R-Winter) who was seeking his 13th term in Congress.
· The makeup of the Florida Congressional Delegation is now 16 Republicans to 11 Democrats.
· For the general election, the total number of candidates running for election or re-election in the Senate and House was 220 candidates: 58 candidates ran in Senate districts and 162 ran for House seats.
· All of Florida's 40 state Senate seats were up for re-election this year with eight incumbent members being termed-out. Twenty-five Senate seats were decided in the general election.
· Currently, the Republican-controlled state Senate has 26 Republican seats compared to 14 Democratic seats. Following the 2016 general election, Republicans have 25 seats and the Democrats hold 15 Senate seats.
Competitive Senate Races:
District 8: Representative Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) defeated former Democratic state Senator Rod Smith in this competitive Senate seat.
District 13: Former Democratic Representative Linda Stewart who represented Orange County in the House from 2012-2014 and Republican Dean Asher faced-off in a hotly-contested general election race with Stewart ultimately winning in the final general election vote count.
District 18: In the contested Senate District 18 race between Representative Dana Young (R-Tampa), vs. Democrat Bob Buesing and NPA candidates Joe Redner and Sheldon Upthegrove, Young won the seat with less than 50 percent of the vote.
District 37: Incumbent Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami) was upset in his reelection bid by Democratic Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez (R-Miami).
District 39: Incumbent Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami) emerged victorious in her bid to retain her seat against Democratic newcomer Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
District 40: Representative Frank Artiles handily defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Dwight Bullard (D-Miami) to win this Miami-Dade County seat.
Competitive House Races:
District 30: Republican Representative Bob Cortes (R- Altamonte Springs) defeated Democratic newcomer Ryan Neal Yadav.
District 36: Democratic incumbent Representative Amanda Murphy (D-New Port Richey) lost her bid for reelection to Republican Amber Mariano.
District 47: Incumbent Representative Mike Miller (R-Winter Park) defeated Democratic challenger Beth Tuura.
District 59: Incumbent Representative Ross Spano (R-Dover) soundly defeated Democrat Rena Frazier.
District 63: Incumbent Representative Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa) defeated Democratic newcomer Lisa Montelione.
District 93: Incumbent Representative George Moraitis (D-Fort Lauderdale) won his reelection by defeating Democrat Ken Keechl.
District 103: Incumbent Representative Manny Diaz (R-Hialeah) defeated Democratic candidate Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich.
District 105: Incumbent Representative Carlos Trujillo (R-Miami) defeated Democratic candidate Patricio Moreno.
District 114: Democrat Daisy Baez defeated Republican newcomer John Couriel.
District 115: Republican incumbent House member Michael Bileca (R-Miami) defeated Democrat Jeffrey Doc Solomon.
District 118: As of the time of this report, former Republican House member David Rivera was losing his bid to return to the Florida House to Democrat Robert Asencio by less than 50 votes.
Constitutional Amendment 1 Defeated on General Election Ballot
Four constitutional amendments appeared on Florida's November 8th statewide general election ballot with one of them failing to gain the necessary 60 percent vote for passage. Amendment 1, the controversial solar-energy ballot initiative, fell short of the 60 percent voter approval it needed in the general election. The ballot initiative was one of the most expensive constitutional amendment campaigns in Florida history. As of this report, the amendment had received support of only about 51 percent of voters.
Amendment 1 financially supported by Florida's utility companies and backed by "Consumers for Smart Solar "was touted by supporters as a consumer protection measure. Amendment 1 was defeated on the ballot as opponents countered that it would hinder the development of alternative fuels in Florida. The proposal included a provision which stated that those who had not installed solar on their property "are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do." The Consumers for Smart Solar amendment was introduced last year after another group "Floridians for Solar Choice" launched a petition drive for a ballot initiative that sought to increase the use of solar power. The Floridians for Solar Choice initiative would ease regulations and allow businesses to generate and sell up to two megawatts of solar power to customers on the same or neighboring properties. Floridians for Solar Choice failed this year in its attempt to obtain the requisite number of signatures necessary to appear on the 2016 ballot.
Amendment 2, "Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions," which vastly expands the types of patients who are eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Florida, received at least 70 percent of the vote, far greater than the 60 percent required for passage of constitutional amendments in Florida. The constitutional change legalizes marijuana as a treatment option for patients with conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. This is the second time Floridians have weighed in on a similar medical-marijuana constitutional amendment, with the first proposal narrowly failing in 2014 to capture the 60 percent approval required for passage.
Amendment 3, which provides property tax exemptions to first responders who are totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty, was overwhelming approved on Florida's general election ballot. The issue was placed on the ballot by Florida's Legislature. As of this report with more than 8 million votes counted statewide, the measure had support from more than 83 percent of voters.
Amendment 5, aimed at allowing eligible low-income seniors to continue receiving an additional homestead tax exemption when their property values rise above $250,000, was also approved in the general election. As of the time of this report, Amendment 5 was being backed by nearly 78 percent of voters, well-above the necessary 60 percent of the vote.
2016 General Election "Unofficial" Results
The general election results will be officially certified by Florida's Department of State, Division of Elections on November 22nd by 9:00 am (14th day after a General Election). Additional information on state candidate races can be found at the Florida Division of Elections' website: http://enight.elections.myflorida.com/.
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