Breaking News update: A recount is expected between State House District 89 candidates Mike Caruso and Jim Bonfiglio. With all 98 precincts reporting, the point spread is 38,993 for Caruso and 38,869 for Bonfiglio.
Update as of 10:00 a.m. EST: Rick Scott declared victory against Sen. Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race at about 2:20 a.m. this morning. Nelson is asking for a recount, but Scott says he won, according to reports.
Palm Beach County voters went with Democrat Andrew Gillum. Even though he conceded the governor’s race at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
The county vote was Gillum 325,598 vs. Ron DeSantis 231,361.
The other top of the Florida ticket was still too close to call at that hour. Palm Beach County voted to re-elect Bill Nelson to the Senate. With 252 to 253 precincts reporting, Nelson had 327,409 votes to Gov. Rick Scott’s 234,126.
But local election results were more decisive.
As expected, Democrats Robert “Bob” Weinroth and Congressman Ted Deutch fended off Republican challengers.
Weinroth’s was William “Billy” Vale for the District 4 seat on the Palm Beach Commission. The seat represents east Boca.
Weinroth racked up 47,899 votes to Vale’s 38,861 with 109 of 117 precinct reporting.
“I’m humbled by the bi-partisan support I received,” Weinroth told the Boca Voice.
Commissioner and former Boca mayor Steven Abrams were among supporters at Weinroth’s victory party at the Delray Beach Marriott. A Republican who was term-limited, he endorsed Weinroth from Day one.
Newcomer Nicolas Kimaz ran against incumbent Deutch for Congressional District 22. With 56 of 59 precincts reporting, Deutch had 33,765 votes to Kimaz’s 25,614.
The Florida House District 89 race still was too close to call at 10:30 p.m.
With 94 of 98 precincts reporting, Republican Mike Caruso had 37,069 votes to Jim Bonfiglio’s 37,175.
By Marci Shatzman