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2010 Florida elections

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Elections were held in Florida on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Primary elections were held on August 24, 2010.

Florida had 4.6 million Democrats and 4 million Republicans. The latter outpolled Democrats among the 2.4 million independent voters and attracted conservative Democrats in cross-party voting. While running behind Republicans generally, the Democrats ran strongly in every urban area of the state. They lost by lopsided margins in the far Panhandle, Southwest Florida and the Space Coast.[1]

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Mr. Beat presents Supreme Court Briefs Florida November 8th, 2000 In one of the closest presidential elections in American history, George W. Bush held a narrow lead over Al Gore. Out of nearly 6 million ballots in Florida, only 1784 votes separated the two. Under Florida law, and since the United States has a winner takes all system, the candidate with the most votes in the state got all of its electoral votes. Because it was so freaking close, state law said there had to be a machine vote recount. After the recount, it was even closer! Now, Bush’s lead was just 327. No worries. Florida law also allowed Gore the option of a manual vote recount, meaning counting them by hand, in whatever counties Gore wanted. He was like, “Uh, yeah,” and picked four counties: Broward, Miami-Dade, Volusia, and Palm Beach. The problem, though, was that Gore was running out of time. Florida law also said (man Florida law says a lot) the state’s election results have to be certified within seven days of the election. Since election day was November 7, that meant the deadline was November 14th. Well three of those four counties didn’t get er done before the deadline. Despite those counties trying to get an extension, the Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, went ahead and announced she would be certifying the votes, ending all the recounts. Al Gore was like nuh-uh. He and Palm Beach County tried to get an injunction against Secretary Harris to prevent her from certifying the votes until those three counties got their recounts done. The Florida Supreme Court said “sure,” and granted the injunction on November 17. On November 21, it ruled that Secretary Harris had to let those counties finish recounting with a new deadline of November 26th. But Miami-Dade county was like, “nah man, that’s not enough time,” and it gave up counting! Gore said “hey hey hey Miami-Dade, you must count,” and tried to get another court order to force them but that one failed. On November 26, Harris certified the election, giving Bush what was now just a 537-vote victory. You know what? Gore sued Harris, arguing the certified results were invalid because the recount process wasn’t finished yet. The Leon County Circuit dismissed his lawsuit, so Gore appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, which, on December 8, ruled in favor of Gore. They demanded that all votes not counted by voting machines had to be manually recounted if they hadn’t been already. Well George W. Bush stepped in and said “hey hey hey wait just a minute” and appealed this decision to the United States Supreme Court. And holy crap, THE VERY NEXT DAY the Supreme Court reviewed the case. Why did the Supreme Court respond quicker than it ever does? Well, this was obviously important. Soon, the deadline for electors to formally submit their choice would be there, and soon after the new President would have to be inaugurated. Things needed to move along. The Court heard oral arguments on December 11th. Through all of this, protesters lined the streets outside. Rarely throughout American history did the country seem so divided. Things were tense, to say the least. So what was the Court really looking at in this case? Well, the issue now was whether or not the Florida Supreme Court violated Article II Section 1 Clause 2 of the Constitution specifically the part that says: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors…” So could the Florida Supreme Court really step in on this? Also, Bush argued that the recounts went against the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, since Florida didn’t have a statewide standard for recounting votes. Each county did it its own way. In response, Gore argued the “intent of the voter” standard, or standard that let you know who a voter meant to vote for in case there were anomalies on the ballot, WAS the standard needed for the Equal Protection Clause. Also, if Florida’s standard wasn’t good enough, certainly other state’s standards would also go against the Equal Protection Clause. Well the Court didn’t see it Gore’s way. On December 12, 2000, they announced they had sided with Bush, which means Bush got Florida’s electors, sealing his victory. It was 7-2. Which means Bush got Florida's electoral votes sealing his victory. The Court said the Florida Supreme Court’s recount order went against the Constitution because it indeed went against the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. They basically said their recount gave special treatment to some ballots over others. So Bush, not Gore, would serve the next eight years as the country’s 43rd President. Because of the unpopularity of George W. Bush as President in later years, Bush v. Gore ultimately because a controversial case. Again, you heard cries of judicial activism, and critics often point out how the justices who normally supported federalism and states’ rights all of sudden ignored that for this case. One of the 2 people on the Court who dissented was justice John Paul Stevens. In his dissent, he said “Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." Oh boy, Justice Stevens. What a burn. What a burn. I'll see you for the next Supreme Court case, jury! Believe it or not, that was my third video about the Election of 2000. Check out my other two below. What do YOU think? Do you agree with the Court with this one? I mean, try to ignore your political affiliation and really think about this one if you can. Side note, if this happened in the 2016 election, would the reaction be different? Let me know below. Thanks for watching.



United States Senate

Main contenders for Florida's open Senate seat include Republican Marco Rubio, Democrat Kendrick Meek, and independent Charlie Crist, along with many other third-party and independent candidates.

United States House

All twenty-five of Florida's seats in the United States House of Representatives are up for election in 2010.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Governor Charlie Crist did not run for re-election, choosing instead to run for election as Senator (initially as a Republican, then later as an independent). In Florida, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor run as a ticket.

Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink won their respective party's primaries; Scott named Jennifer Carroll as his Lieutenant-Governor running-mate while Sink named Rod Smith.

Scott would go on to win the general election by plurality, thus holding the seat for the GOP.

State Senate

Approximately one-half of the forty seats of the Florida Senate were up for election in 2010.

State House of Representatives

All 120 seats in the Florida House of Representatives are up for election in 2010.

Attorney General

Republican Pam Bondi, Democrat Dan Gelber and independent Jim Lewis ran for Florida Attorney General, with Bondi winning the election.

Other state offices

The other state-level offices within the Florida Cabinet up for election were the Chief Financial Officer and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Republican candidates (Jeff Atwater and Adam Putnam, respectively) won their elections.

Judicial positions

Multiple judicial positions will be up for election in 2010, including four justices of the Supreme Court of Florida.

Ballot measures

Seven measures have been certified for the 2010 ballot.


Many elections for county offices were also held on November 2, 2010.


  1. ^ Cotterell, Bill (9 January 2011). "Democrats choose new party chairman". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 8B, 5B.

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