Florida’s 2016 election results

Florida voted for members of the Senate and the House and approved three out of four state constitution amendments.


Republican Marco Rubio will keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. Courtesy of Wikimedia

Benjamin Paley, Contributing Writer

Tuesday’s election not only determined America’s next president, it also set the stage for local and state governments.

Here are the results of the statewide ballot.

U.S. Senate:

Republican Senator Marco Rubio kept his seat in the U.S. Senate, beating Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy 52 to 44 percent.

U.S. House of Representatives:

Democrat Debbie Wasserman-Schultz kept her seat in the House for Florida’s 23rd District, beating Republican Joe Kaufman 57 to 41 percent.  

Florida constitutional amendments:

  • Voters rejected Amendment 1 — Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use — 51 to 49 percent as it failed to garner 60 percent of the vote.
  • Floridians approved Amendment 2 — Expand Medical Marijuana — 71 to 29 percent.
  • Florida voters approved Amendment 3 — Tax Exemptions for Disabled First Responders — 84 to 16 percent.
  • Florida approved Amendment 5 — Property Tax Exemptions for Senior Citizens — 78 to 22 percent.

Boca Raton Results:

  • Boca Raton residents voted yes on Question 1 — City Council Vacancies 67 to 33 percent. The vote will change how vacancies are filled for City Council and mayoral positions. Members will be chosen via a special election.
  • Boca Raton residents voted Craig F. Ehrnst and Erin A. Wright for Boca Raton Beach and Park District: Seat 1 and 2 respectively. Ehrnst beat his opponent, Dennis R. Frisch, 56 to 44 percent and Wright beat her opponent, Earl Starkoff, 52 to 48 percent.
  • Boca Raton residents voted Matthew Bymaster, Patricia “Pat” Edmonson and Rob Long for Palm Beach County Water and Soil Conservation Supervisor: Districts 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

Benjamin Paley is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @benpaley92.