Despite Pinellas County voting for Joe Biden by a slim plurality, the Associated Press called Donald Trump to win Florida and its 29 electoral votes at 12:35 a.m. on Nov. 4. Pinellas County, one of the most unpredictable swing counties in Florida, voted republican through most of the down ballot and blue up high in the 2020 general elections. As of 8:36 a.m. on Nov. 4, there is no projected winner of the presidential election as results from Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania trickle in. Biden leads with 227 electoral votes.
Of 716,000 registered voters in Pinellas County, 560,000 turned out to the polls for the general election that closed at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 3. Pinellas County went to Trump in 2016, Obama in 2012 and 2008 and Bush in 2004. With an estimated 93% of votes counted, Biden won the county on Nov. 3 by 1,242 votes. The races for the U.S. House of Representatives and Florida State House were close calls.
U.S. House of Representatives District 13
Incumbent Democrat Charlie Crist was reelected last night in a competitive race against Trump-endorsed conservative Anna Paulina Luna. Although Luna outraised Crist by around $249,000 according to the FEC, Crist retained his seat in the House of Representatives by six points.
“To our supporters, thank you! I am honored to serve the people of Congressional District 13 for another term,” Crist tweeted at 10:06 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Crist has served as the representative for District 13 since 2017 and serves on the Committee of House Appropriations and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Before being elected to congress, he was the 44th governor of Florida and was the U.S. senator of Florida in 1992. He sat in both offices as a Republican. As of 8:36 a.m., Crist will join at least 175 Democrats in the 117th congress with 169 Republicans winning seats so far. Democrats are likely to keep their majority in the house, although votes are still being counted.
Florida State House of Representatives District 69
District 69’s race has not officially been called, but Republican Linda Chaney is the likely winner against incumbent Democrat Jennifer Webb by five points. Webb, who was the expected winner throughout the campaign, was elected to the Florida House in 2018 and served on the commerce committee. During her term and campaign, Webb focused on environmental protection.
Chaney served as St. Petersburg Beach City Commissioner and self-described health-care entrepreneur, who founded a Mobile Mammography business. She ran on lowering taxes, protecting beaches, and lowering health insurance premiums. According to Chaney’s website, she participated in the Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute.
Chaney’s term will begin immediately after her election. Republicans will likely retain the majority in the state house with 71 republicans and 46 democrats.