President Trump has widened his lead in FL, though not all mail-in ballots have been counted

President Donald Trump at The Villages in Central Florida, at a campaign rally Oct. 23, 2020. Credit: YouTube/PBS

President Donald Trump has taken the lead against Joe Biden in Florida, with almost all precincts reporting, according to Florida’s Division of Elections.

Trump is at 51.29 percent, with a count of 5,633,269 compared to Biden at 47.82%, with 5,252,104 votes.

Trump had been widening his lead throughout the evening, from 343,799 votes more than Biden’s total, to 381,165 in a relatively brief amount of time.

However, the count of all mail-in ballots has yet to be completed in most counties in Florida, according to the elections division.

In recent campaign appearances, Trump has vowed to win Florida. At the same time, political observers have said that Biden may not need to capture Florida in order to win the election.

Biden, for example, had been slightly ahead in Ohio, a Rust Belt state. And he had been campaigning in Pennsylvania recently. However, Trump is now ahead in Ohio, as well as Pennsylvania.

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.