Florida voters make their voices heard

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden hopes to unseat Republican Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Due to the increased amount of mail-in and absentee ballots, election results were not announced on Election Day. There were some notable upsets throughout the night, specifically Florida, which Trump maintained from 2016 at an even larger margin. (Graphic/Nithisha Makesh)

In one of the most decisive elections in modern history, incumbent President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in a race for the White House. Florida, being a battleground state, was a toss-up leading to election night, with some experts predicting the state would lean toward Biden and others expecting Trump to be the winner of its 29 electoral votes. Florida Democrats hoped to win the State House and Senate, while Florida Republicans wanted to hold their decades-long standing as the majority party. With historically high turnouts, coronavirus cases rising and climate change reaching a turning point, this election is widely considered to be one of the most important of our lives.

Popular Vote in Florida

Incumbent President Donald Trump held a strong lead in Florida, with former Vice President Joe Biden underperforming among Cuban and Hispanic voters across the state. There was a much larger turnout in 2020 compared to 2016, with both Democrats and Republicans in Florida receiving nearly 1 million more votes. Despite this, the margin between parties grew, with Republican candidate Donald Trump taking 51% of the vote compared to 2016 where he received almost 49%. (Graphic/Ella Gohari)

Florida Presidential Race via Counties

Republicans: Florida Presidential Race via Counties

Democrats: Florida Presidential Race via Counties

Miami-Dade County, which was a very strong Democrat county in 2016, went to Biden by only 53%, likely due to the large population of Cubans in the county. Trump’s popularity with Hispanic/Latino voters seems to be trending across the country, with many state races narrowing due to Hispanic voters. Joe Biden overperformed with white voters in Florida, flipping previously Republican Pinellas County, which is near Tampa. However, this was not enough to give Biden the lead, as Trump took all 29 electoral votes with a margin of nearly 400,000. (Graphics/Bella Ramirez)

Seats in the Florida State House

Seats in the Florida State Senate

Florida’s House and Senate have had a Republican majority since 1997 and 1995 respectively. Along with Governor Ron DeSantis, Republicans continue to hold a trifecta in the Florida government. Since 2020 is a census year, the state government will play a role in redistributing districts and allotting funds around the state. (Graphics/Ella Gohari)

All data from the New York Times.

Ella Gohari, an American Heritage Freshman, is starting her first year as a Patriot Post writer. She is an avid reader and poetry enthusiast who channels her love of words into her work. She has been a part of Science Research since sixth grade, and hopes to combine her passion for writing with her devotion to science. When she isn't researching her newest project or reading a book, you can often find her watching a Marvel movie or scrolling through Reddit.

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