Election Recap: Obama wins; Yoho, Nugent to DC; Nelson, Brown retain seats
Donna Green-Townsend / WUFT News
WUFT's Dana Winter speaks with Marion County District 1 County Commissioner David Moore (R) at the Elk's Lodge in Marion County Tuesday night.
Preliminary results are in for many of the races for local and national office.
Check in today with WUFT News on air and online for more on the races and what happens now.
Nationally, President Barack Obama appears to have won re-election, with 303 electoral college votes looking to fall in his favor, surpassing the 270 needed for election. Florida is the only state that has not been called, with the margin between Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney down to 46,666 votes with 8,307,749 votes reported. That is a margin of less than 1 percent in Obama’s favor.
Republicans are expected to retain control of the House of Representatives and Democrats are expected to retain control of the Senate, including picking up at least one seat. Two senate races are still too close to call.
Democratic incumbents Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Corrine Brown (District 3) both appear to have survived challenges for their seats.
Locally, Republican candidates were more often the victors, including sweeps in Levy County. Two North Central Florida U.S. House districts were won by Republicans in districts 3 (Ted Yoho) and 11 (Richard Nugent). Keith Perry won a second term in the Florida house in his new district.
Only three of the 11 proposals to amend the Florida constitution appear to have received more than the requisite 60 percent of the vote. The successful amendments call for homestead tax relief for veterans (2) and surviving spouses (9), and seniors (11).
Catch up on all of Tuesday’s races and results as they happened on WUFT News’s Election Night Live Blog.
More Stories in Florida
The city of Hampton holds its first election in about 10 years today after state lawmakers give local leaders a second chance instead of dissolving the city. Citizens will vote to fill city council seats and approve charter amendments.
The Alachua County Sherriff’s Office has named Acting Captain Steve Maynard as Waldo’s new interim police chief, after the previous chief was accused of enacting illegal ticket quotas.
National Report, a satirical news website, drew attention to the Williston Police Department after publishing an article about a deal made with Walmart to supply the town with a new, privatized police force. Williston PD pointed out the satirical nature of the story on Facebook.
Former Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo and current Cpl. Kenneth Smith have been accused of misrepresentation, fraud and enforcing unlawful ticketing quotas among other allegations made by current Waldo police officers.
Florida may soon offer undocumented students in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, joining the ranks of 20 other states with similar tuition equity laws and policies.