2016 elections

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A new poll shows Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Patrick Murphy are in a dead heat in the race for Florida’s US Senate seat. The race is considered one of the most watched in the nation, offering Democrats a competitive chance to retake the Senate.

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Earlier this month a 2005 video surfaced depicting Donald Trump bragging about groping women. Since the release, multiple women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, spurring an overwhelming response on social media, and from Republican lawmakers. For some Florida social scientists it’s an opportunity to continue the conversation about what consent is and is not.

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According to a new University of South Florida poll, just 22% of Floridians feel they’re well informed about the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November.

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Does racial diversity play an important role in law enforcement? Some local officials say it does. The two white and two black candidates in the Leon County Sheriff’s race have their own views about how law enforcement diversity is key to helping strengthen ties with the community.

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Seventy-seven percent of Florida voters support medical marijuana, according to a new survey of likely voters. The University of North Florida poll shows broad support for expanding access to the drug, which is currently available to people with certain chronic illnesses. UNF pollster Michael Binder says the results bode well for proponents of Constitutional Amendment 2, who need the support of 60% of voters in order to pass the measure.

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Republican Marco Rubio is maintaining his lead over Democrat Patrick Murphy in a new poll of Florida’s US Senate race. University of North Florida pollsters conducted the survey before a 2005 video surfaced showing presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about groping women. It's not yet clear how Trump's actions will affect other GOP candidates down-ballot.

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In 2000, all eyes turned to Florida to watch one of the closest presidential elections ever, coming down to a margin of 537 votes. This year, Florida’s fate could once again lie with the state’s swing voters, who are struggling to choose between two candidates with historic unfavorable ratings.

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Governor Rick Scott says he won’t extend the state’s voter registration deadline because of Hurricane Matthew. That decision is attracting criticism from one Florida political scientist.

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A recent poll of Florida voters shows Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ahead of Republican Donald Trump. But the results suggest third party voters are chipping away at Clinton’s lead.

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Mail ballots are now on the way to many thousands of Leon County voters. This is also the final shipment under the watch of the county’s longtime Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho.

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In the weeks leading up to the November 8th election, WFSU is bringing you coverage of the local issues voters are wrestling with this season. We're kicking off the series by asking why do local elections matter anyway?

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State Republican Senator Jack Latvala is fighting the expansion of medical marijuana in the state. Florida voters will decide whether to kickstart the state’s fledging pot industry at the ballot box in November.

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Elections officials and activists across the country are celebrating National Voter Registration Day Tuesday. But the practice of signing up voters has a complicated history.

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With college football season in full swing, one Florida State University professor is analyzing what the sport means in the capital city.

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Marco Rubio has a 7 point lead in the race for Florida’s U-S Senate seat, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

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Hurricane Hermine narrowly missed hitting Florida on primary election day, making landfall three days after polls had closed. But what happens when elections take a rain check?

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A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tied in Florida.

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Tuesday Floridians voted overwhelmingly to lower taxes on solar equipment. But activists are bracing for another campaign – this one against a utility-backed amendment on the November ballot.

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Ramon Alexander has won the Democratic primary race for House District 8. He will face write-in candidate Frantz Millien in the November general election.

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Republican Doctor Neal Dunn came out on top with about a two percentage point difference between him and his opponent Attorney Mary Thomas. Attorney Ken Sukhia took third with about 19 percent of state votes.

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The primary election is finally here.   After months of town halls, attack ads and (not a little bit of) fundraising, the voters will decide which candidates will fill local offices and which partisan candidates will proceed to November's general election.  Local and state officials are predicting high—or even record—turnout.  Keep checking in here for the latest.

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Across the state, colleges and universities are coming back into session, and some are getting attention from presidential campaigns.

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Tuesday voters head to the polls for the primary election.  Local lawmakers are encouraging voters to get out and vote.

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A potential tropical storm is keeping local supervisors of elections on alert this weekend. The storm still remains disorganized out in the Bahamas, but it could become a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next several days.

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Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Nominee Donald Trump by 10 points in a new Quinnipiac University poll. But the poll also suggests many voters chose their candidate so the opponent wouldn't win.

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