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Florida election night recap: Trump wins Florida, Hillsborough County releases results

While President Donald Trump won Florida’s 29 electoral votes, former Vice President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden secured a lead in Hillsborough County. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE

Considered a crucial state to define the presidential election’s outcome, President Donald Trump won Florida and its 29 electoral votes despite former Vice President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading in key counties like Hillsborough, Orange and Miami-Dade.

Biden won Hillsborough County with 374,714 votes, or 52.69% of the vote, followed by Trump with 326,158 votes, or 45.87%, according to the Supervisor of Elections website’s unofficial results.

Among Biden’s votes, 40,406 were cast on Election Day while 124,193 and 210,115 were cast early or by mail, respectively. About 62,634 people voted for Trump on Election Day, compared to 144,751 early votes. The number of mail-in votes received for Trump was considerably lower than Biden’s, with about 118,773 of the total ballots cast.

Hillsborough County has a total of 934,346 registered voters, making it one of the largest voter counties in the state. About 714,286 ballots were cast, with a 76.45% voter turnout for the 2020 general elections.

Students currently living on campus were able to vote on Election Day at Precinct 353, located on the first floor of the Marshall Student Center. The voting site operated from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and featured mostly no lines and a steady stream of voters throughout the day.

Different from early voting, voters on Election Day could only vote at the precinct that corresponded to their address. Throughout Election Day, poll workers had to direct many students to their designated precinct during this year’s election.

Biden took the lead at Precinct 353 with 95 votes cast on Election Day while Trump received 60 votes. About 159 people voted in the precinct in a span of 12 hours.

About 264 people voted early and 71 by mail for Biden as well, bringing the total to 430 votes, according to the Supervisor of Elections website.

The majority of Precinct 353 voters also voted “yes” on all constitutional amendments, including Amendment 2, which will raise the state’s minimum hourly wage from $8.56 to $15 by September 2026.

In Hillsborough County, 402,095 people, or 60.03%, voted to raise Florida’s minimum wage while 267,685 people, or 39.97%, voted “no.” Across the state, over 6.39 million voted “yes” in contrast with nearly 4.04 million votes against the amendment.

In precincts 353, 562, 563, 566 and 567 combined, 996 people voted “yes” while 310 voted “no” to pass Amendment 2. Statewide, 6,371,693 people voted “yes” while 4,108,322 voted “no.”

All constitutional amendments have passed statewide except for Amendments 3 and 4, which would have implemented an open “top two” primary election system and required amendments to pass twice, respectively. While Amendment 4 received a total of 5,343,005 “no” votes, Amendment 3 received 4,400,892 “no” votes as of Wednesday at 2:25 a.m.

Despite Biden leading the number of votes across Hillsborough County, Trump got over 5.6 million votes in the state, or 51.2%, as of Wednesday at 1:10 a.m. Similar to the 2016 election, Trump won Florida with one of the highest numbers of electoral votes in a swing state.

With 223,227 votes, or 60.2%, Democrat Kathy Castor won her eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida’s 14th District. She defeated Republican nominee Christine Quinn, who received 147,276 votes, or 39.8%, for the second time in four years.

Democrat Andrew Warren has also been re-elected as Hillsborough County’s state attorney. Warren received 367,573 votes while his opponent, Republican Mike Perotti, received 321,344.

In the race for the State Senate District 20 seat, Republican Danny Burgess defeated Democratic opponent Kathy Lewis with 141,348 votes. 

For Hillsborough County sheriff, Chad Chronister won the race against Gary Pruitt and Ron McMullen with 379,713 votes as of Wednesday at 12:09 a.m. Democrat Bob “Coach” Henriquez defeated Republican opponent D.C. Goutoufas with 386,781 votes in the property appraiser’s race.

In this election cycle, Hillsborough County residents elected a new tax collector for the first time in 22 years after Doug Belden’s retirement. Democrat Nancy Millan defeated Republican TK Mathew with 375,633 votes. Mathew received 310,071 votes.

Democrats won a 5-3 majority for the Hillsborough County Commission, shifting it to Democratic control. Patricia Kemp won in the countywide District 6 race with 358,623 votes while Harry Cohen and Gwen Myers won in Districts 1 and 3, respectively, with 91,018 and 88,042 votes.