In a tumultuous race that could help determine the fate of the White House, President Donald Trump has won Florida and its 29 electoral votes.
The Republican President had more than a three percentage-point advantage over his Democratic rival, prompting Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida GOP leaders to declare Trump the winner.
Trump’s lead over Biden in Florida appeared to top the President’s 1.2 percentage-point victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“I am proud to announce that Florida has once again delivered for President Donald Trump and that Florida Republicans will retain control of both chambers of the Florida Legislature,” DeSantis, a close ally of the President, said in a prepared statement.
Despite Democrats’ prediction of a “blue wave” in the 2020 elections, Republican candidates appeared to make gains up and down the ticket, including in two closely watched South Florida congressional races where incumbent Democrats were poised to be ousted by GOP challengers.