Saturday, November 17, 2018


Kirby Wilson

Kirby Wilson

Kirby Wilson is the politics web producer for the Tampa Bay Times, his hometown paper. Previously, he worked as a summer reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune, and as a staff writer for the Duke Chronicle. He graduated from Duke in the spring of 2017 with an English degree.

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections staff members feed ballots into machines at their Tampa office during the mandatory machine recount Sunday. Staff began early Sunday morning starting with the approximately 187,000 mail-in ballots and will have until Thursday at 3 p.m. to count over 566,000 Hillsborough County ballots. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]

Rick Scott wins suit against Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections

Election watchers will now be allowed to stand inside the physical area where machine recounts are taking place.
Published: 11/14/18
Victim in fatal wrong-way crash was a veteran who died on Veteran’s Day

Victim in fatal wrong-way crash was a veteran who died on Veteran’s Day

He was fatally injured Monday while loading his bike onto the front of a bus on Gulf Boulevard. The wrong-way driver was impaired, deputies say.
Published: 11/13/18
Observers watch employees with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Election's office begin the machine recounts of four races. [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times]

Rick Scott’s campaign sues Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections

The campaign is alleging that election observers were forced to watch recounts from another room.
Published: 11/13/18
Duval County Canvassing Board Chairman Matt Carlucci, left, Supervisor of Elections John Stafford, center, and Judge Brent Shore read over the Florida Supreme Court ruling as they try to determine how to deal with the recount of undervoted ballots in in the county Friday evening, Dec. 8, 2000, at Stafford's office in Jacksonville. (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Bob Self)

Will a recount change anything in the Florida statewide races?

A recount that erases a margin of more than a few hundred votes would be virtually unprecedented.
Published: 11/12/18
Republican incumbent Dana Young and Democratic challenger Janet Cruz are seeking election in state Senate District 18.

Three Florida Legislature races are headed to a recount

The high-profile Senate District 18 race between Janet Cruz and Dana Young is headed for a machine recount. It's the one seat Democrats hope to pick up in the Florida Senate.
Published: 11/10/18
Will the Florida Legislature make it harder for a Rays stadium deal? TIMES FILE PHOTO

Here’s what the Florida Legislature looks like after the 2018 elections

Democrats made some gains in the House and Senate, but they could be mitigated if a few recounts don't go their way.
Published: 11/09/18
Bill Nelson, left, and Rick Scott, right.

Here’s what a recount in Florida would look like

No statewide recounts have been declared, but it looks like we're headed that way in the U.S. Senate race and the Agriculture Commissioner race.
Published: 11/07/18
Updated: 11/08/18
Governor elect Ron DeSantis takes the stage with his wife Casey after winning the election over Democrat Andrew Gillum. Photo by Chris Urso, Times Staff photographer

Ron DeSantis’ transition team includes Matt Gaetz, Richard Corcoran

The new administration begins its planning the day after DeSantis scored an upset victory.
Published: 11/07/18
Republican candidate for Governor Ron DeSantis, left, will face off against Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum for the general election in November.

Florida governor election results: Andrew Gillum versus Ron DeSantis

Track the results live with the Tampa Bay Times political team.
Published: 11/06/18
Florida Rights and Restoration Coalition president Desmond Meade speaks during a press conference during an event, which headlined John Legend, in support of Florida's Amendment 4 at Maynard Evans High School auditorium in Orlando on Wednesday. The amendment would grant convicted felons, who've served their time, the right to vote. (BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times)

Amendment 4 on the Florida election ballot: What you need to know

Here's what to know about perhaps the most widely-publicized Constitutional amendment.
Published: 11/05/18