[UPDATE] Scott Wins Florida Governor Race

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] 11-3 12:29PM

Republican businessman Rick Scott has claimed victory in an extremely tight Florida governor's race after Democrat Alex Sink conceded.

Scott said Wednesday he wants to bring people together to solve
problems.

With 99 percent of votes counted, Scott had 49 percent to Sink's
48 percent of the vote -- a lead of about 53,000 votes. Scott's
victory claim came about an hour after Sink said she couldn't see a
path to victory.

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[UPDATE] 11-3 10:45AM --

Democrat Alex Sink concedes Florida governor race to
Republican Rick Scott.

WCTV will have details.

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[UPDATE] 11-3 10:10AM --

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) --

Republican Rick Scott's campaign is
calling a win by Democrat Alex Sink "a mathematical
impossibility."

Scott spokeswoman Jennifer Baker says Wednesday the campaign's
numbers show Scott with a lead of more than 68,000 votes in
Florida's gubernatorial race.

Scott has 49 percent of the vote to Sink's 48 percent of the
vote, with 99 percent of the expected votes counted.

But it's still unknown how many outstanding ballots there are.

To trigger an automatic machine recount, Sink would need to cut
Scott's lead to 0.5 percent or less. The winner will replace Gov.
Charlie Crist, who eschewed a second term to run for U.S. Senate.
He lost Tuesday to Marco Rubio.

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[UPDATE] 11-3 8:30AM --

As of 8:30AM, 99% of precincts are reporting, with Scott at 49% and Sink at 48%. There is only a 50,000 difference in votes between them.

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MIAMI (AP) -- With 99 percent of Tuesday's expected votes
counted, Republican Rick Scott is clinging to a razor-thin lead
over Democrat Alex Sink.

By Wednesday morning, Scott had 49 percent to Sink's 48 percent
of the vote.

But the election is still too close to call. Just tens of
thousands of votes separate the candidates out of more than 5
million cast.

To trigger an automatic machine recount, Sink would need to cut
Scott's lead to 0.5 percent or less. Voters in both parties remain
hopeful their pick will prevail after a fiercely contentious and
expensive race. Scott put in about $73 million of his family's
fortune alone.

The winner will replace Charlie Crist, who eschewed a second
term to run for U.S. Senate. He lost Tuesday to Marco Rubio.

Stay with WCTV for details.

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[UPDATE] 11-2 1:30AM --

Our Tampa affiliate WTSP states that Alex Sink spoke to her supporters shortly after midnight. Sink says there are too many ballots still out in South Florida and in Hillsborough County, and she will not give a victory speech or a concession speech until all the votes are counted.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

As expected, the Florida governor's race is going to be tight until the end.

With 96 percent of the expected vote counted early Wednesday,
Republican Rick Scott had 49 percent, while Democrat Alex Sink had
48 percent. Sink was trailing by a little more than 100,000 votes.
She called it a "nail-biter."

She said she'd wait for every vote to be counted as her election
night party in Tampa began breaking up. In Fort Lauderdale, Scott's
supporters seemed confident of victory.

The 57-year-old Scott is a former health care executive who
spent around $73 million of his own money trying to win the seat.

A former bank president, the 62-year-old Sink was elected
Florida's chief financial officer in 2006.


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  • by Corrine Location: Quincy on Nov 15, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    Rick Scott won but he did not get my vote. I did not want to vote for Sink either. She is a millionaire like Scott...so which one was the lesser of the two evils. Scott, I suppose, he won. I have but one thing to say, if Scott mess with my unemployment, he will have to answer to me directly. I may get arrested for visiting the Capitol, but if anything goes wrong with my unemployment, he has a personal visit from me. Another question, why, oh why did Crist run for another office when he was our governor. I will miss Crist. I thought he was a terrific governor.
  • by bernice Location: tallahassee on Nov 10, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    The people in the state of fl. elected Rick Scott for governor. All the ads and info on the internet that I read stated this man has been a crook but still he has won the election.Everyone feels that the state is in ruins because of the leadership of democrats. I don't understand how the pass 12 years our state has been run by republicans, we have only had a democrat president for 2 years( a rebuplican for eight years) will someone please explain this to me. Wouldn't the fault fall with the republican party.
  • by poor man Location: tallahassee on Nov 8, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    wait till scott cuts out the unemployment.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    You all need to wake up and realize this state is broke. We need someone who isn't broke to help fix it.
  • by Those that think he is "the crook" on Nov 7, 2010 at 06:12 AM
    Rick Scott was not the one to steal your financial security, freedom, and Jobs while all the while blaming someone else for it.
  • by To the one that called himself law enforcement on Nov 7, 2010 at 06:01 AM
    Pay raise? Are you really serious? We don't have jobs and you want us to not only continue to finance your job but pay you more money as well? With what? We are not working? We are having a hard time just eating? and you want us to give you more money? You have got to give the tax payers a job if you want them to be able to continue the financing. Money doesn't grow on trees. You either produce it or you allow your financial supporters to produce it.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    I do not know what all of you are worried about. Florida under the democratic party has reached one of the highest unemployment records in the country. The democrats were the ones in charge while Florida was experience one of it worst finacial hardships of all time. This guy has a personal record of finacial succes. If anybody can make this state a financial success he can. He has proven it in his own personal life. I am not worried one bit about his problems at hca because he has excepted full responsibility for it and obviously had learned from it unlike the President who continues two years into office to blame someone else.
  • by youwillc Location: tally on Nov 6, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    Rick Scott said he will bring 700,000 jobs to Fl,balance the budget,cut spending and taxes!Well too many of you believed him.When you or someone you know loses their job,remember Tallahassee that lots of teacers,law enforcement ofc,construction workers have jobs now here in Tallahassee due to the over $5,000,000 of stimulus money you RINO'S despise so much!I call you "Republicans In Name Only" because if you don't have a net worth of ten million or more you don't really qualify as a true member of the G.O.P.So when God forbid, the hand of fate reaches out and gently touches You!Pull yourself up by your bootstraps don't ask anyone for help ecxept the G.O.P
  • by lc kilgore on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    Anyone with a few minutes to spare should read Aesop's Fable,"The Boy Who Cried Wolf". Every time you see the word 'wolf', substitute the word 'racist'.
  • by TIR on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    FERMONTIUS... It is very difficult for the racists on this site to ignore me...the fact that I have the audacity to talk about white people angers them and you so much, it's really funny.
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