Donald Trump triumphed in Florida with help of whites, large turnout – Florida Politics (blog)
Republican businessman Donald Trump‘s victory in Florida was buoyed by a record turnout of more than 9.5 million voters, as well as deep levels of support among whites and older voters anxious about the economy.
Trump’s victory in the Sunshine State over Democrat Hillary Clinton wasn’t a landslide, but he defeated her in the battleground state by more than 100,000 votes. That’s more than President Barack Obama had when he carried the state four years ago.
Up until Election Day, it had been a seesaw tug-of-war for the state as both candidates repeatedly swept through, urging their supporters to turn out. The two campaigns and their allies smothered Florida’s airwaves with television ads, spending in excess of $120 million in advertising in the lead-up to Election Day, according to Kantar Media’s political ad tracker.
In a conference room at the Hilton Miami Airport where a small group of Republicans had gathered to watch the presidential returns after Sen. Marco Rubio’s victory party, cheers erupted when it was announced Trump had won Florida.
“Liberty, liberty, liberty,” shouted Carlos Lumpuy as others hugged and shook hands. “President-elect Donald Trump!”
Trump lost in Florida’s urban counties, such as Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, but he ran up large margins in other parts of the state, from the Panhandle to the Keys. Only nine of Florida’s 67 counties backed Clinton.
Clinton’s defeat stunned some of her supporters. Trish Collins, a 39-year-old human resources manager, watched results at a St. Petersburg bar in silence. She is a Clinton supporter.
“I did not walk in tonight and think it was going to be this close,” she said. “I’m leaving here feeling very nervous and sad. They were both here in Florida a lot. I don’t know whether he mobilized people who hadn’t voted before.”