Garcia And Rivera
7:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Joe Garcia Wins As David Rivera Faces Down Ethics Charges

Joe Garcia won Florida's 26th Congressional District seat.
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Joe Garcia Wins

Democrat Joe Garcia convincingly beat incumbent Republican David Rivera Tuesday night to win Florida's 26th Congressional District seat.

Rivera lost by more than 10 points to Garcia. It was almost a perfect reversal from 2010, when Rivera soundly beat Garcia by more than 9 points.

After two failed runs for U.S. Congress, Garcia got some unconventional help this time around. His opponent, incumbent David Rivera, was the target of two federal investigations and was accused of ethics violations by the state ethics commission.

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Frankel And Hasner
6:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Frankel Wins Congressional Seat, Pleads: 'Let The Bickering End'

Lois Frankel won the race for Florida's 22nd Congressional District.
Christine DiMattei

Lois Frankel Wins District 22

From the moment Lois Frankel took the podium at the Embassy Suites Hotel in West Palm Beach Tuesday night, she kept it classy

“A few moments ago, I received a very, very gracious call from Adam Hasner congratulating me," Frankel told her supporters.   "He was a formidable and articulate challenger.”

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2:03 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Confusion Among Miami-Dade Voters On Election Day

Voters cast their absentee ballots at the Elections Headquarters in Doral on election day.
Credit Deborah Acosta / The Miami Herald / WLRN

South Floridians were still in lines voting on Tuesday evening when Barack Obama was re-elected as president of the United States. Many locals expressed disappointment in the leadership of Miami-Dade's office of elections, especially after the incident that occurred last Sunday, when the Elections Department Headquarters in the City of Doral shut down for an hour and tried to turn 200 voters away from the poll.

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Convivial Politics
5:15 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Where to Watch The Election Results in Miami Tonight (Updated at 6:30 p.m.)

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For those of you who prefer to watch election results outside of your home, perhaps surrounded by like-minded people (or not), we've compiled a list of local debate parties, as well as restaurants and bars that plan on showing election coverage tonight.

660 At The Angler's

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3:39 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting "To-Go" In Hollywood

At Hollywood's First Baptist Church Tuesday morning when voting wait times were up to one hour.
Credit Phil Latzman

 While many waited for hours to vote today in Miami-Dade, for some, voting was breeze in parts of Broward. Wait times of an hour or more had evaporated to virtually nothing by lunchtime, when Constance Ann-Getchoff arrived to vote, happy that she had waited until election day, and didn't stand in line toearly vote."When I saw the lines, I'm glad I didn't.

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11:34 am
Tue November 6, 2012

NEWSCAST: Cue 'Mission Impossible' music, voters jumping hurdles to cast their vote

Voters outside St Stephen's Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach.
Credit Chris DiMattei

For Cindy Gonzalez, an entrepreneur voting in Pompano Beach, the hoops and hurdles jumped to cast her vote couldn't have been any higher. Not only did she find out that she couldn't vote in her county (Broward) on Sunday, but she was unable to vote absentee in either of the neighboring counties, as well, and to vote absentee the next day, she had to commute to either Lauderhill or downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

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10:47 am
Tue November 6, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scouring through the mudslinging

Aaron Sharockman of PolitiFact Florida discusses what is partly true and what is an outright lie in the world of politics with Phil Latzman.

If your final decision on who to vote for was based primarily on what one party accused the other of, break out those washcloths: Phil Latzman cleaned up and broke down those loaded political half-truths on the player above. Latzman sat down with Aaron Sharockman of PolitiFact Florida to discuss the senatorial and presidential races, and uncover the other halves of the truths that Mack, Nelson, Obama and Romney may have conveniently left out. 

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9:11 am
Tue November 6, 2012

80 Years, 20 Elections, One Woman

Selma Friedman, 102, since 1932 has missed just one presidential election. She was hospitalized with a broken hip in 1972.
Credit Patrick Farrell, Miami Herald

Today is  the 57th presidential election in U.S. history.  But we wanted to take a breath and talk about election number 37: Hoover v. FDR.

A little over a month ago, on The Florida Roundup, host Phil Latzman made a request for the Dispatches from the Swing State project.

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Election 2012
7:03 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Guide for the day: an Election Day timeline

The finish line is in sight as voters make their final decisions on Election Day. Here's a guide to key times of the day across the nation. Stay with NPR throughout the day as we follow the presidential race and key battles that will determine control of the House and Senate.

Join NPR to hear live coverage, which begins at 8 p.m. EST on and many member stations.

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7:25 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

NEWSCAST: Lawsuit Over South Florida Voting Resolved

Absentee Voting Continues Until Tuesday, November 6th at 7:00PM.
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The federal lawsuit filed Sunday morning by the Florida Democratic Party over early voting was resolved late Monday afternoon. It stemmed in part from the long delays on the last official day of early voting in South Florida and that was technically on Saturday. The emergency     lawsuit was aimed at the supervisors of elections for Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The legal point is whether people could vote absentee in person -- and the long waits were preventing that. The judge has ruled voters ca

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Latino Vote
4:14 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Expert Says Romney's Bad Latino Numbers Could Cost Him Swing States, Election

Mitt Romney could lose this election because of the Latino vote, a pollster says.
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Any expert will tell you that this election comes down to a few swing states, including Florida.

However, within those key swing states is the all-powerful Latino vote, and experts say that this voting population could very likely cost Mitt Romney the election.

The Hill reports,

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The Campaign
3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Rarely-Seen Rick Scott Seizes Last Chance To Rally With Mitt Romney In Orlando

Close Approach: Governor Scott and Mitt Romney appeared at the same rally but not together.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has been an invisible man on the campaign trail since the middle of August. But, on Monday, he reappeared at an Orlando airport rally for Mitt Romney.

His assignment? The man with the 39 percent approval rating was put in charge of "warming up" the crowd. The governor was on stage for two and half minutes and shared not a second of that time with Romney, who was making his final campaign appearance in Florida.

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2:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

How Facebook Got People To The Polls On Sunday

People in Doral wait in a long line to vote in an impromptu voting location Sunday.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

It was a last minute announcement made by Miami Dade Elections Officials, but somehow hundreds of voters showed up to vote this Sunday.

According to voters lined up that day, they have Facebook to thank for finding out about that impromptu voting day.

Last year, state lawmakers cut down early voting days and controversially eliminated the Sunday before Election Day.

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Paying For College
1:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

How Tuition Menu Could Lure Florida Students Into Math/Tech Careers

Tuition Idea: Should dancers pay more than engineers for their degrees?

Under a higher education plan now developing in Florida, you’d pay a lot more for a standard liberal arts degree than for one in science or the technologies.

It's Gov. Rick Scott's way of encouraging people to study for high-demand, economy-building careers.

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10:30 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Florida As Described By The New Yorker

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Florida may be center stage for this year's election, but its also a largely complicated and interesting place to outsiders during non-election years.

For years, The New Yorker has been filing colorful, surprising and harrowing stories from Florida, which they have compiled to give readers a different look at this largely misunderstood state. Here are some of the magazine's observations about Florida through the years as told through their reporting:

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