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Florida's Scott delays oath, despite light public schedule

Jan. 3, 2019 10:56 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott was supposed to start his new job as a U.S. senator Thursday, but he delayed his swearing in ostensibly to keep his promise to fight for Floridians every day of his term. So what's he doing while other senators take their oath in Washington? His...

Latino support for GOP steady despite Trump immigration talk

Dec. 28, 2018 6:08 AM EST

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Pedro Gonzalez has faith in Donald Trump and his party. The 55-year-old Colombian immigrant is a pastor at an evangelical church in suburban Denver. Initially repelled by Trump in 2016, he's been heartened by the president's steps to protect religious groups and appoint judges who...

Thousands of mailed ballots in Florida were not counted

Dec. 10, 2018 6:55 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices. The Department of State late last week informed a federal judge that 6,670 ballots were mailed ahead of the Nov. 6 election but were not counted...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on dipping oil prices, cold snaps

Nov. 26, 2018 12:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrong when he suggests global warming can't be happening if it's really cold outside. He points to a "brutal and extended cold blast" in the Eastern U.S. during Thanksgiving week and wonders aloud to his Twitter followers, "Whatever happened to Global Warming?"...

DeSantis for governor, Scott for Senate now in Florida books

Nov. 20, 2018 12:12 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Trump-allied Republican Ron DeSantis was formally elected governor of Florida and outgoing Gov. Rick Scott elected U.S. senator on Tuesday when the state certified election results two weeks after tight margins prompted tumultuous recounts. The Elections Canvassing Commission met...

The Latest: Officials certify contentious Florida elections

Nov. 20, 2018 9:08 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's certification of election results (all times local): 9:05 a.m. Florida's election is officially in the books two weeks after a contentious election that led to recounts and finger-pointing. The Elections Canvassing Commission met Tuesday morning to certify...

Caldwell concedes in Florida Ag Commissioner race

Nov. 19, 2018 3:51 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell said Monday he won't challenge his loss to Democrat Nikki Fried in Florida's agriculture commission race — a contest that was the closest of the three statewide seats that went through a recount. Caldwell made his announcement in an email,...

In year of Democratic hopes, GOP comes out on top in Florida

Nov. 19, 2018 9:11 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — This was the year Florida's Democrats spoke ambitiously of ending their 20-year journey in political exile in this battleground state. Instead, election results after a tense and bruising recount showed Republicans coming out on top for governor and even picking up a U.S. Senate...

The Latest: Scott says Nelson was 'gracious' in phone call

Nov. 19, 2018 9:11 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the results of Florida's election recount (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott says incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was "gracious" to him in a phone call to congratulate Scott on his victory over the longtime politician. Scott...

As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott

Nov. 18, 2018 10:06 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon who first arrived on Capitol Hill in the decades when Democrats dominated this presidential battleground state, conceded his bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday after a bruising recount left Nelson thousands...