DeSantis Wins (Tallahassee, FL) -- The governor's office will stay in Republican control. Former Sixth District Congressman Ron DeSantis upset Democrat Andrew Gillum in yesterday's election by about one percent of the vote. Gillum is mayor of Tallahassee, and he was trying to become Florida's first black governor ever and first Democratic governor since 1999.
Florida Senate Race A Squeaker (Fort Myers, FL) -- It appears Republican Governor Rick Scott has won the US Senate seat currently held by Bill Nelson. The projected winner for the Senate seat is Scott by a slim margin of less than one percent. Had the margin been point-five-percent, an automatic recount would have been issued. However, the margin between Scott and Nelson was point-eight-percent, making it one of the closest races in the state's recent history.
How Central Florida Voted (Tallahassee, FL) -- Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis can thank Central Florida voters for their big nights. Most counties in our area went for both Republicans in the governor and senate races. Scott and DeSantis won Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Polk, Sumter and Volusia counties. Democrats Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson carried Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
Incumbents Re-elected To Congress (Tallahassee, FL) -- Central Florida voters are sending their incumbent members of Congress back to Washington. Republican Ted Yoho won District Three yesterday, Democrat Stephanie Murphy won District Seven, Republican Bill Posey won District Eight, Democrat Darren Soto won District Nine and Republican Daniel Webster won District 11. Republican Michael Walz won District Six to replace Ron DeSantis, who gave up his seat to run for governor, and Republican Ross Spano won District 15 to replace Republican Dennis Ross.
Teen Murder Accomplices Back In Custody (DeLand, FL) -- Two teenagers arrested for a woman's murder are back in custody in Volusia County. A judge yesterday reversed an earlier ruling that put the Deltona 17-year-olds on home detention. They're accused of helping DeBary 15-year-old Gregory Ramos dispose of his mom's body after Ramos apparently killed her last week. Ramos is due in court today where a judge could decide to try him as an adult.
Pringles Debuts Thanksgiving Chips (Undated) -- Pringles will launch a new festive line of chips inspired by Thanksgiving dinner. The Kellogg's-owned company announced the new chip flavors in a tweet, saying they will be turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. They say the flavors were the most popular among eight different Thanksgiving flavors they tested last year. The chips will only be available for a limited time.
Woman Allegedly Claimed Own Baby Was Abandoned (Orange County, FL) -- A bizarre case is being investigated in Florida, where a woman claimed she had been handed an abandoned newborn baby at Disney World. The Orange County Sheriff's Office says Cassandra Durham walked into the lobby of the Animal Kingdom Lodge early Sunday morning and said another woman had given her the baby wrapped in bloody towels. They say Durham is actually the child's mother and they're still trying to get to the bottom of everything. Officers also say Durham was taken for an evaluation and treatment and the father does not want to keep the infant. The baby is in good condition and was taken to a hospital.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2012, President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term in the White House after a contentious campaign race against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
2011, a Los Angeles jury returned a guilty verdict for Michael Jackson's doctor at the time of the singer's death on June 25, 2009. Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The cardiologist was accused of giving Jackson the anesthetic propofol to help the singer sleep, then failing to properly monitor him.
2009, Democrats in the U.S. House succeeded at passing an historic, sweeping healthcare reform bill. The measure rewrite passed by a vote of 220-to-215, with one Republican voting for it and 39 Democrats voting against.
1965, the Pillsbury Doughboy debuted in television advertisements.
1954, "Face The Nation" debuted on CBS.
1929, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened to the public.
1893, Colorado became the first state to give women the right to vote.