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The 2016 United States presidential election in Florida took place on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 general election in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participate. Voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote.

On March 15, 2016, in the presidential primaries, Florida voters expressed their preferences for the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, America's Party, Constitution, and Socialism and Liberation parties' respective nominees for President (Green on July 31). Registered members of each party only voted in their party's primary, while voters who were unaffiliated weren't able to vote in any primaries. Florida is a 'winner take all' voting state for Republicans, but is a proportional voting state for Democrats. Initial vote counts showed Trump leading by roughly 1,000 votes, and as such, votes in particularly close counties recounted their votes. Roughly 17,000 votes initially credited to Trump had either been dismissed as invalid or given to third party candidates. Trump sued, and Florida's Supreme Court ruled that there is only one round of recount, leading to Clinton getting Florida's 29 electoral votes on December 5th.

Primaries

Democratic

Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders, winning 64% to Sanders's 33%. She got 141 pledged delegates while Sanders got 73 pledged delegates. Despite having withdrawn prior to the primary, Martin O'Malley also appeared on the ballot.

Republican

Donald Trump defeated Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich, winning 46% to Rubio's 27%, Cruz's 17%, and Kasich's 7%. Since Florida is a winner-take-all primary for the Republicans, Donald Trump won all 99 delegates. Despite having withdrawn prior to the primary, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly FIorina, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham and Jim Gilmore also appeared on the ballot. Donald Trump's victory subsequently caused Marco Rubio to withdraw from the primaries.

Green

The Green Party held their primary on July 31, using Instant Runnoff Voting (IRV).

Results

Party Nominee Home State Running Mate Popular Vote Percentage Electoral Vote
Democratic Hillary Clinton New York Tim Kaine 3,589,169 40.07% 29
Republican Donald Trump New York Mike Pence 3,573,197 39.89% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson New Mexico Bill Weld 814,480 9.09%
Green Jill Stein Massachusetts Ajamu Bakara 715,299 7.99%
Constitution Darrell Castle Tennessee Scott Bradley 212,480 2.37%
American Delta/Reform Rocky De La Fuente California Michael Steinberg 25,595 0.29%
Socialism and Liberation/Peace and Freedom/Liberty Union Gloria La Riva California Eugene Puryear 22,703 0.25%
America's Party Tom Hoefling Iowa Steve Schulin 2,469 0.03%
Write-ins N/A 1,167 0.01%

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