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November 18, 2018
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DESANTIS WINS GOVERNOR’S SEAT
Ron DeSantis will be Florida's next governor. The Republican beat 
Democrat Andrew Gillum in yesterday's election by a narrow margin.   
This is the sixth election in a row for governor that has been won by a 
Republican.  President Trump strongly supported DeSantis's run.
 
SCOTT DEFEATS NELSON IN SENATE RACE
Rick Scott appears to have succeeded in his bid to take over the 
U-S Senate seat held by Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.  With 
100-percent of the vote now in, Scott's lead is down to less than 
35-thousand votes out of more than eight-million cast.  That would 
put the race within the half-percent threshold that would trigger 
an automatic recount. Scott addressed his supporters, saying he is 
ready to put a nasty election season behind him. 
 
GROVER ROBINSON MOVES TO CITY HALL 
Pensacola's next mayor credits his message and tactics for his win.  
Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson beat City Councilman Brian 
Spencer yesterday.  Robinson says his message relied on being more 
engaged with the public through town hall meetings, which is something 
he says outgoing Mayor Ashton Hayward didn't do enough.  Robinson will 
be sworn in in three weeks.
 
MILTON, GULF BREEZE HAVE NEW MAYORS
Two cities in Santa Rosa County are getting new mayors.  Heather Lindsay 
beat incumbent Wesley Meiss [[ meese ]] yesterday to become the first 
woman to be elected mayor in Milton.  Also, David Landfair beat Patty 
Burke to become mayor of Gulf Breeze.
 
NEW FACES AT PENSACOLA CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 
Local businessman Jared Moore was elected to the Pensacola City Council 
District 4 seat on Tuesday.  Moore defeated Chris Phillips by over a 
thousand votes.  District 2 Councilwoman Sherri Myers ran without 
opposition and will enter her third term representing "uptown" 
Pensacola.  In District 6, Ann Hill defeated Butch Hansen.
 
FLORIDA FELONS REGAIN RIGHT TO VOTE
The Florida Amendment that proposed restoring voting rights for felons 
has been approved by voters.  The amendment will automatically restore 
the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except for 
those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.  Upon completing 
their sentencing, including prison, parole and probation, those 
individuals will regain their right to vote.  The only amendment that 
did not succeed was Amendment One to increase the Homestead Exemption, 
which did not get the required 60 percent to pass.
 
OTHER STATE-WIDE VOTE RESULTS 
In other statewide races, Republican Ashley Moody will succeed Pam Bondi 
as Florida Attorney General.  She defeated Democrat Sean Shaw with 52 
percent of the vote.  Republican Jimmy Patronis gets another term as 
Chief Financial Officer, with his 5 point win over Democrat Jeremy 
Ring.  The Florida Ag Commissioner race is still hanging as Republican 
Matt Caldwell leads Democrat Vikki Freed by less than 20-thousand votes, 
triggering an automatic recount.
 
EASY WIN FOR MATT GAETZ
No surprise in the 1st District race for Congress, as GOP lawmaker Matt 
Gaetz gets an easy win over his challenger.  Gaetz captured 67 percent 
of the vote over Democrat Jennifer Zimmerman, who got 33 percent.
 
FUTURE ESCO SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS WILL BE APPOINTED 
Escambia County residents voted in favor of a local referendum to make 
school superintendent an appointed position. Voters approved the 
referendum by just 891 votes. It is the sixth time the issue has gone to the ballots, and was the 
closest the vote has been since the first referendum of its kind failed 
by a single vote in 1967.
 
UNDERHILL DEFEATS SCOTT TROTTER, HILL GOES TO TALLAHASSEE
2nd District Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill will serve 
another term.  He defeated Democrat Scott Trotter by 12 points.
Republican Mike Hill wins his race for District 1 State Representative, 
defeating Democrat  Vicki Garrett with 61 percent of the vote.
 

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