From the time President Donald Trump took office, he focused on the Latino vote in Florida, and according to figures coming out of the state, it paid off on Election Day, especially in Miami-Dade County, the most populous in the state.
Around 55 percent of Florida’s Cuban-American vote went to Trump, according to NBC News exit polls, while 30 percent of Puerto Ricans and 48 percent of “other Latinos” backed Trump. Trump won the coveted battleground state with its 29 electoral votes.
Trump drastically improved his support in Miami-Dade County, going from 333,999 votes in 2016 to at least 529,16 votes this year. Biden, however, wasn’t able to grow Democratic support in the county. Clinton got 624,146 votes there in 2016 and with 95 percent of the vote tallied, Biden had 613,086.
Trump’s popularity also seems to have affected down-ballot races, with two House Democrats from South Florida losing in early ballot returns to Republican challengers: Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the first South American-born member of Congress, was trailing Carlos Gimenez, the Miami-Dade County mayor, and Rep. Donna Shalala was trailing TV host and commentator Maria Elvira Salazar.
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CBS News projects Senator Lindsey Graham has won reelection in South Carolina. Graham, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, faced a closer-than expected reelection race against his Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison.
Last month, Graham led the high-profile confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Harrison criticized Graham’s reversal on confirming a Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.
Harrison, the former state Democratic Party chair, received a financial boost when the race received national attention. His campaign raised over $100 million during the election cycle, shattering shattered Senate records. Graham’s campaign raised $74 million.
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Political pundit Keith Olbermann was slammed on Twitter Tuesday for calling President Trump “a whiny little Kunta Kinte,” in a ham-fisted attempt to twist the name of the “Roots” character into a crude insult.
Olbermann, a former sportscaster and prime-time MSNBC host who has recently taken his anti-Trump takes to YouTube, made the remark in response to a “Fox & Friends” segment in which the president questioned Fox News’ coverage of him.
“Yes, @realDonaldTrump has always been, will always be, and on the day of his bid for re-election, still is: a whiny little Kunta Kinte,” wrote Olbermann in the since-deleted tweet.
Kunta Kinte is the name of a fictitious African slave whose abduction and tribulations are at the center of the 1976 novel “Roots,” later adapted into a landmark TV miniseries.
But, as the name can also be used as a derogatory insult for recent African immigrants, critics were quick to accuse Olbermann of racial insensitivity.
“What is this? Why is this white man calling Trump a ‘Kunta Kinte’?” wrote author Frederick Joseph.
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