by Carol Lim
Rick Scott returns to Tallahassee for another 4 years. Scott won by a slim margin over former governor Charlie Crist in a tight Florida governor’s race on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
On the Rick Scott for Governor webpage, Scott wrote: “Thank you, Florida! It’s time to put all the division behind us, but it’s time to come together. Forget all the partisanship. Florida is on a mission to keep growing, and to become the very best place in the world to raise a family, to get a good paying job, to make a career and build a great life. We have made great strides in the past four years, but now is not the time to let up or rest on our laurels. Now is the time to charge boldly ahead.. — Rick Scott”
Crist called Scott to concede the race, CNN reports.
Amendment 2 (the use of marijauna for certain medical conditions) failed, but not by much. It received 57.58% of the votes, less than 60 percent needed for medical marijuana to be legal in Florida.
Here are some of the Unofficial Election Results from the Florida Division of Elections:
Florida Governor’s Race: 5,931,865 Votes Cast
Scott/Lopez-Cantera Rep 48.2% 2,859,199
Crist/Taddeo Dem 47.01% 2.788,706
Wyllie/Rae LPF 3.75% 222,660
Khavari/Jones NP 0.34 % 20,086
Burkett/Matos NPA 0.69% 41,2
Crist won in mostly the urban, more populated areas of Florida — Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Leon, Orange, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
Scott won the rest of Florida such as Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Duval, Hernando, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Polk, Sarasota and Volusia counties in the Nov. 4th election.
Statewide, voter turnout ranged from 40 percent in Miami-Dade County to 72 percent in Union County. Voter turnout in Hillsborough was 49%, Pinellas 57%, Pasco 53% and Polk 54%.
Voters said yes to Amendment 1 to dedicate funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands. Amendment 1 passed with 74.93% (Yes) of the vote to 25.07% (No).
On the Medical Marijuana Amendment 2, it failed, receiving 57.58% – 3,357,537 votes and 42.42% – 2,473,608 votes.
Amendment 3 about prospective appointment of certain judicial vacancies also did not pass. YES votes were 47.9%. NO votes were 52.1%.
State amendments require 60 percent.
To see more Florida election night returns, go to http://www.election.dos.state.fl.us