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.