Live Blog: 2022 Florida Election Day

Posted at 2:48 PM, Nov 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-09 00:36:02-05

Election Day is finally here, and voters now have the chance to decide who wins both the gubernatorial and senate races. Will Governor Ron DeSantis or Charlie Crist win the race for governor? Will Marco Rubio or Val Demings dominate in the polls? Stick with FOX 4 News to make sure you have all the latest election coverage.

ELECTION 2022 | Complete Coverage

County Election Results:

11:04 p.m.

John Gunter was re-elected as the Mayor of Cape Coral.

Kevin Anderson was re-elected as the City of Fort Myers Mayor.

9:00 p.m.

Ron DeSantis won re-election in the 2022 midterm election for Florida Governor on Tuesday night, beating opponent Charlie Crist.

DeSantis wins 2022 midterm election, re-elected as Governor of Florida

8:40 p.m.

Marco Rubio was re-elected to the U.S. Senate over opponent Val Demings on Tuesday night.

2022 Election coverage Rubio wins

7:30 p.m.

Official results begin for Election 2022.

Fox 4 Updates on Election Results as Numbers Start to Come in

7:00 p.m.

Polls across most of the state are now closed for the Florida general election. Click here to view results as they come in.

6:30 p.m.

Polls close in 30 minutes. Voters who have not voted must be in line at their assigned polling place by 7 p.m. to vote.

5:30 p.m.
Reporter Sophia Hernandez is in Miami covering Marco Rubio for the US Senate race.

Election 2022 | Marco Rubio's Campaign for US Senate

Reporter Vanessa Araiza is in Orlando covering Val Demmings for the US Senate race.

Election 2022 | Val Demings in her home city of Orlando

5:00 p.m.

Reporter Forrest Saunders and Michael Paluska are covering Ron DeSantis for the Governor’s race at the Tampa Convention Center.

Election 2022 | Governor DeSantis vs Charlie Crist

Reporter Erik Waxler is in St. Petersburg at Charlie Crist’s election night headquarters covering the Governor’s race.

Election 2022 | Charlie Crist in St. Petersburg

3:42 p.m.

Lines to vote just under two hours in Cape Coral.

3:15 p.m.

As the GOP prepares for leadership if they win control of the U.S. Senate and House Tuesday, Florida Senator Rick Scott may be in a top position if former President Donald Trump has anything to say about it. Per The Hill, Trump told Fox News Digital Tuesday that if he is re-elected president, he will endorse Senator Scott to be the new Senate Majority Leader over Senator Mitch McConnell. Trump has been very outspoken about his dislike of McConnell and his wife. Scott has not said if he would seek the top job over McConnell in 2024.

2:06 p.m.

Charlie Crist issued the following statement criticizing the DeSantis Administration’s decision to prevent federal election monitoring in Florida:

“Ron’s whispers of Jim Crow have become shouts. Ron DeSantis would rather have the Proud Boys monitor the polls than our own government. He sides with the violent extremists and insurrectionists to the end. Make no mistake, this governor is trying to scare voters and suppress our voices at the ballot box. And it will not stand.”

10:30 a.m.

Charlie Crist holds a rally in St. Petersburg.

Charlie Crist Presser St. Pete

10:17 a.m.

Governor Ron DeSantis casts his vote alongside his family.

9:27 a.m.

The Department of Justice announced that they sent election monitors out to 24 states to ensure voter protection.

The DOJ sends out election monitors

8:49 a.m.

Early voting locations in Lee County remain open due to Hurricane Ian making numerous Election Day polling places unavailable.

8:12 a.m.

Krispy Kreme is offering a free glazed donut to customers on their way to and from the polls.

7:32 a.m.

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus announced that 7,778 Pinellas County voters cast their ballots.

7 a.m.

Polls officially open across the state

Multiple counties are offering free rides to the polls for those with a valid voter ID