TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has won Florida’s 29 electoral votes.
He defeated Democrat Joe Biden in a prized battleground state crucial to the Republican’s bid for another four years in the White House.
Trump withstood an aggressive challenge by the former vice president. Biden questioned the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, his rush to appoint a new justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and how he has addressed social unrest after high-profile police killings of Black people. Democrats had hoped to boost turnout among their ranks with a mail-in voting push.
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Trump won Florida, Ohio and Iowa, important battlegrounds, but races were too early to call in other fiercely contested states, including North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Both candidates, meanwhile, won a number of expected states. Both parties unseated one of the other's senators.
Voting was generally calm. It's the conclusion of an epic campaign that will shape America’s response to the surging pandemic and foundational questions of economic fairness and racial justice.
President Trump thanked his voters as he delivered remarks in the White House early Wednesday morning.
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