Voting is done — but the counting continues. Sunrise’s resident pollster and pundit Steve Vancore speaks about Tuesday’s election.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Florida sides with Donald Trump. It was a narrow win over Joe Biden, but that was more than enough to claim Florida’s 29 electoral votes. While there’s plenty of ballots to be counted in the Sunshine State, just not enough to change the outcome in the presidential race.
— It was a good time to be an incumbent in Florida. Most state lawmakers and U.S. Representatives were re-elected. The notable exceptions were two Democratic Congresswomen from Miami-Dade. Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell; they both lost in close races.
— Not much is changing in the state Legislature. It's a preliminary count, but the state elections office projects Republicans will maintain their control of both chambers, with a 23-17 split in the Senate and a 77-43 split in the House. Some faces will change, but not the balance of power.
— Thousands of former felons who served their time got the chance to vote again, thanks to Amendment 4, commonly known as the “second chance amendment.” But Florida’s Secretary of State is sending lists of names of former felons to local election offices claiming they’re not entitled to vote because they still owe money.
— While there were no reports of any major disruptions on election day, plenty of people stood outside the polls trying to intimidate voters.
— We now live in a COVID-19 “red zone.” A report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force says the rate of new cases in Florida has been increasing steadily since early October. They’ve issued reports to the nation’s Governors every week since June, but our Governor doesn’t want the public to see them.
— And finally, checking in with an Orlando rapper known as “Glokk9” who has been busted for illegal possession of — a Glock 9.