That’s all, folks! The anticlimactic end to Florida’s cliffhanger election

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After all the grassroots organizing, the brutal politics, the contentious recount, and the national media frenzy, Florida’s 2018 midterm election ended today in about five minutes.

Two members of the Florida Cabinet, along with a stand-in for Gov. Rick Scott (who recused himself) certified the results at the Capitol in a brief meeting.

The election certification ceremony happened in one part of the Capitol while state lawmakers were crowding in to another wing – the 2019 Florida Legislature is meeting for the first time in an organizational session this week.

Despite efforts by the Florida Democratic Party to gain seats in the statehouse, the Legislature remains under Republican control, along with the governor’s mansion and the state Cabinet.  There’s only one Democrat in statewide office – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried.

Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.


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