Trump wins Florida, news networks project

President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Tampa, Oct. 29, 2020. Credit: Screenshot, PBS News Hour.

During his campaign rallies, President Donald Trump vowed to win Florida, a major swing state in the presidential campaign. He also is a resident in the state.

That vow came to fruition in the early morning hours, with news networks projecting the win. That gave Trump 29 electoral votes toward a path to reelection.

That doesn’t mean the presidential election is over. Former vice president Joe Biden is still ahead in the popular vote and in electoral votes, for the time being.

Trump had taken the lead against Biden earlier in the evening, and continued to widen it as vote tallies came in.

With almost all precincts reporting, the state reported 51.26 percent for Trump, and 47.84 percent for Biden.

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

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.