GARY FINEOUT

US Sen Nelson concedes to Gov. Scott as Florida recount ends

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon whose career highlight may have been a trip on the space shuttle, conceded his bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday, ceding a razor-thin race to the outgoing governor after a tense and sometimes turbulent recount.

Nov. 18, 2018 3:54 PM EST
1st black Democratic nominee for Florida governor concedes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, who tried to energize Florida's young and minority voters through a Democratic coalition seeking to end two decades of Republican control of the governor's office, ended his hard-fought campaign Saturday as the state's first black nominee for the post.

Nov. 18, 2018 8:07 AM EST
Florida's 1st black nominee for gov challenged GOP dominance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, who tried to energize Florida's young and minority voters through a Democratic coalition seeking to end two decades of Republican control of the governor's office, ended his hard-fought campaign Saturday as the state's first black nominee for the post.

Nov. 17, 2018 8:34 PM EST
Trump complicates Florida GOP's play for Puerto Rican voters

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In just a few moments and two tweets, President Donald Trump roiled Florida's crucial elections, upending his party's ongoing efforts to make inroads to the battleground state's growing Puerto Rican population.

Sep. 14, 2018 2:29 AM EDT
Trump tweets roil Florida GOP's play for Puerto Rican voters

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In just a few moments and two tweets, President Donald Trump roiled Florida's crucial elections Thursday, upending his party's ongoing efforts to make inroads to the battleground state's growing Puerto Rican population.

Sep. 13, 2018 6:49 PM EDT
GOP governors hope to move fast on making promised changes

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Republicans are still celebrating their election victories, but the country's GOP governors warned this week that they need to move fast on many of the changes that have been promised to voters.

Nov. 16, 2016 2:53 AM EST
Florida governor considering bid for US Senate in 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who challenged the Republican establishment six years ago and stormed his way into the governor's mansion, now says he is considering running for the U.

Nov. 15, 2016 7:58 PM EST
GOP governors gather amid push for 'disruptive change'

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The nation's Republican governors met Tuesday in battleground Florida where they said were "giddy" at the opportunity for "disruptive changes" to wrest power from Washington following the election of Donald Trump.

Nov. 15, 2016 7:11 PM EST
Correction: Campaign 2016-Matthew story

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story Oct. 10 about voter registration, The Associated Press reported erroneously that North Carolina has same-day registration on Election Day.

Oct. 11, 2016 4:31 PM EDT
Can't compete with Matthew: Candidates cut Florida campaigns

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Like thousands of other Americans, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton abruptly upended their plans Thursday in Florida, where Hurricane Matthew threatened to wreak havoc on final-stretch presidential campaigning in a critical swing state.

Oct. 6, 2016 8:51 PM EDT
Florida AG defends decision to take money from Trump

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday defended her decision three years ago to solicit $25,000 from Donald Trump at the same time questions were arising about Trump University.

Sep. 20, 2016 5:09 PM EDT
Rubio, Murphy win Florida's Senate primaries

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy each easily won their Senate primaries Tuesday, setting up a November showdown that's guaranteed to be nasty as each party grapples for a majority in the chamber.

Aug. 30, 2016 11:10 PM EDT
Florida AG asked Trump for donation before nixing fraud case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida's attorney general personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump around the same time her office deliberated joining an investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University and its affiliatesThe new disclosure from Attorney General Pam Bondi's spokesman to The Associated Press on Monday provides additional details around the unusual circumstances of Trump's $25,000 donation to Bondi.

Jun. 7, 2016 3:49 AM EDT
Florida AG asked Trump for donation before nixing fraud case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida's attorney general personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump around the same time her office deliberated joining an investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University and its affiliatesThe new disclosure from Attorney General Pam Bondi's spokesman to The Associated Press on Monday provides additional details around the unusual circumstances of Trump's $25,000 donation to Bondi.

Jun. 6, 2016 10:26 PM EDT
Florida disputes Trump assertion about dishonest voting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida election officials on Saturday pushed back against assertions by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that there was "dishonest early voting" going on in the state.

Mar. 12, 2016 4:38 PM EST
Divide growing between Florida governor, other Republicans

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Since charging into office some five years ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has routinely had an awkward relationship with the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature and other GOP officials.

Mar. 6, 2016 9:08 AM EST