Florida continues streak of picking president-elect

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — The state of Florida continues the long streak of choosing the next President of the United States, with Donald Trump becoming President-elect early Wednesday morning.

Trump carried Florida with 49 percent of the vote over Hillary Clinton’s 48 percent. The difference was just under 130,000 votes.

Front page of the Tampa Bay Times, photo: WFLA
Front page of the Tampa Bay Times, photo: WFLA

Trump is the first Republican to win the Sunshine State since George W. Bush in 2004. It’s the sixth consecutive time that the state has gone to the winner of the entire election.

Numbers released by the state Division of Elections Monday showed that nearly 6.42 million voters either voted early or voted by mail. There are nearly 12.9 million active registered voters. Florida surpassed its overall vote total from 2012. During that presidential election more than 8.5 million people voted.

Hillsborough County alone was likely to predict the election, however that differed this year. Hillsborough County’s majority vote has predicted the winner of the presidential election 19 out of the last 20 elections, according to political analysts. Clinton has 51 percent of the vote in the Hillsborough County, compared to Trump’s 45 percent.

Since 1928, the State of Florida has only been on the losing side of the election twice – Richard Nixon in 1960, in an election won by John F. Kennedy, and George H.W. Bush in 1992, won by Bill Clinton.

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