Will Florida Ever Vote for a Republican Presidential Candidate Again?

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For the past few presidential elections, Florida has been the grand prize of swing states. It's 29 electoral votes could have conceivably gone either way.

President Obama was able to win Florida in the past two elections, but that was only after hard campaigning and a sophisticated "get out the vote" system in the state. If demographic trends hold steady, though, Florida could soon become an easier win for Democrats.

That, however, is a big if.

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Jackson Could Lose $570 Million a Year If Republicans Refuse to Expand Medicaid

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Rick Scott and his fellow Tallahassee Republicans' strong opposition to the Affordable Care Act has resulted in the state refusing to allow the federal government to expand Medicaid in Florida.

But their refusal could cause Florida hospitals to miss out on billions in funding, with Miami's cash-strapped Jackson Memorial Hospital in particular losing an estimated $570 million a year.

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Florida Doesn't Actually Count Votes for Mickey Mouse Anymore

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Last week we urged you to go vote, even if you didn't want to vote for Rick Scott or Charlie Crist:

At Least Vote for Third-Party or Write-in Candidates. It's not throwing your vote out. The only way to throw your vote out is not to vote. If 60,000 voters between the ages of 18 and 29 wrote in Mickey Mouse to be Florida's next governor in today's election, politicians in 2016 and 2018 would sit around thinking, Well, hmm, how do we get that Mickey Mouse vote for ourselves?

Slight correction: It turns out Florida election officials don't bother to count votes for Mickey Mouse or other unregistered write-in candidates anymore.

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Raquel Regalado Hints at Run for Either Miami-Dade or Miami Mayor

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It seems like anytime we elect a new mayor in Miami we're also kickstarting the political career of at least one of their children as well.

Raquel Regalado, a School Board member and daughter of current Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, announced this morning that she's very possibly eying a run as either Miami-Dade mayor in 2016 or City of Miami mayor in 2017.

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Marco Rubio Says He'll Make Presidential Decision "In the Coming Weeks"

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Marco Rubio hasn't even completed a full term in the Senate, but he's taking the presidential buzz that surrounds him (or used to, anyway) seriously. He says he'll decide whether or not to make a bid for the White House in the coming weeks.

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Miami Beach Mayor Wants to Build a Bike Path From South Pointe Park to Fort Lauderdale

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When Philip Levine announced last year that he wanted to become mayor of Miami Beach, many people wondered why a multimillionaire would spend a chunk of his fortune in pursuit of a $10,000-per-year position.

That question was answered yesterday as Levine held court for more than a half-hour to boast about the changes he's made in his year in charge. Delivering his "State of the City" address at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Levine touted his tenure as one of progress.

He also announced two plans for Miami Beach: an "international university" campus and a bike path stretching from South Pointe Park to Fort Lauderdale.

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Rick Scott Was Spending $1,200 a Minute on TV Ads

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Want to know why polling indicated Charlie Crist was about to pull off a narrow victory only to end up being defeated by Rick Scott? Well, yes, low turnout in South Florida had something to do with it, but the fact that Scott ended up pouring $13 million into his own campaign in the final weeks (despite saying he wouldn't) and was spending $1,200 a minute on TV ads in the final eight days of the campaign was a definite factor as well.

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Florida's Democratic Party Is a Joke, but Who Is the Punchline: Its Leaders or Voters?

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For four years, Florida Democrats giggled with glee at every Rick Scott failure. They practically drooled with expectation as Scott's approval ratings sunk further than a boat in the Bermuda Triangle. They thought there was no way they could lose to this guy again, but last night they did, and Charlie Crist actually did slightly worse than Alex Sink had four years earlier.

Not only did they lose the governor's mansion for a fifth election in a row, but they also lost every single cabinet race, failed to make a dent in the state Senate, and lost enough seats in the state House for Republicans to claim a super-majority.

Last night wasn't just a minor embarrassment for the party, but another massacre. Even more so when you consider Barack Obama won here twice, Florida has more registered Democrats than Republicans, and independents tend to tilt ever so slightly to the left.

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Florida Election 2014 Takeaways: Youth Vote Surged, Cubans Continue Shift to Democratic Party

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Last night's election results didn't look a lot different from 2010's election. Rick Scott snuck out a small but definite win over his Democratic opponent, but if you look at the exit poll data you will notice some shifting allegiances in Florida's electorate even if it didn't make much of a difference to the end result.

For one thing, young voters will show up to a midterm election when pot is involved -- though, they may vote for a third-party candidate. Cubans continue to shift to the left. And Scott supporters seem really concerned with racial issues and illegal immigration.

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After Garcia's Defeat, Supporters Ask What Went Wrong for Miami's First Cuban Democrat

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Just after 8 p.m, the mood at the Ren a Venue, an event space in the Sunset Strip Plaza in Kendall hosting Carlos Curbelo's election-night watch party, didn't feel particularly celebratory. Fifty or so well-dressed supporters milled around, and "Sweet Home Alabama" blared over a loudspeaker, but the room was more waiting than buzzing.

In one corner, several tables of elderly supporters sat quietly. In the front, near the stage, silver catering trays of plantains, yellow rice, and chicken went mostly ignored. And at the bar, a square-built man in a checkered shirt and jeans sat by himself, nursing a drink in a plastic cup.

See also: Congressman Joe Garcia Fights for his Political Life

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