Map: Strong turnout in North Florida pushed Scott across the finish line
Story here. Very cool interactive map here. Can't get enough election data? Check out precinct-by-precinct interactive maps for Pinellas county and Hillsborough county. And for those of you who enjoy bullet points, keep reading.
• Scott built a commanding lead of 142,000 votes in the 35 counties stretching from the Panhandle east to Jacksonville and south to Marion County. That region accounts for about 20 percent of the state's electorate.
• That cushion in North Florida absorbed the 73,000 extra votes that Sink won in Central and South Florida, where about 80 percent of the state's voters live.
• Sink's strongest victories came in counties with the weakest turnout. Fewer than 40 percent of voters cast ballots in Miami-Dade and Broward.
• Scott won the seven-county Tampa Bay region, traditionally a bellwether in statewide elections, by 2 percentage points.
• Both candidates won their home counties: Collier to Scott and Hillsborough to Sink.
• Sink won the state's largest six counties.
• Scott won 15 counties, including Pasco, that Sink had captured in her successful 2006 chief financial officer campaign.