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it's finally here, election day 2016, both presidential candidates are back home this morning after a late night of campaigning in t the presidential race are already in, we'll tell you who has the early lead after a tiny town in new hampshire voted at midnight. >> plus the importance of florida in the race for the white house why america will be watching how we vote and why every vote in the bay area is so important. well, good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. >> thanks for joining us on this election day tuesday, let's get
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and can't blame the weather. we have high, thin clouds out there now ahead of a lot more rainfall across the new orleans and mississippi area. that will be moving closer to us tomorrow. we have all of election day where it's comfortable. 65 in pinellas park, these temperatures are slightly cooler than yesterday but still really nice. 60 in dade city, 60 in north port. afternoon high 82 degrees just above the average of # day temperature trend letting now when it's going to get cooler. it's already early fortunately on the southbound side most of the traffic moves northbound for your morning commute. now, we're up to 9 minutes. doesn't seem too bad that's just a few more minutes than it would typically take you to cross the bridge i'm going to zoom in. you can see where it's orange that's where the crash is by the hump.
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by. only the right lane is blocked, so 2 left lanes are open. you can see they're working out there and that's got you kind of at a standstill just creeping by. we'll keep an eye on this one for you. if you're leaving the house expect a 10-minute delay, that's a look at weather and traffic. it is election day, the day that we have been waiting for. the race for the white house is coming to an end. >> while polls in the bay about an hour and a half from now the first presidential election results are already coming in it's an election day tradition residents in a small town in new hampshire casting their votes shortly after midnight and with just 8 voters the results show clinton with 4 votes compared to trump's 20, so that's 6, here's the deal: the
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mitt romney. how about that? now, in a matter of hours millions will head to the polls to choose our next president. >> again, polls here in the bay area open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. we do have team coverage for you this morning, election day 2016. we're in hillsborough county where the outcome could be decided. and we're in pinellas county and lakeland this morning. we begin with ryan in riverview. good morning. . >> good morning p.m. this is precinct 947 here in riverview considered one of the busiest in this part of hillsborough county. it's been said that hillsborough is one of the most important counties in the country, you may ask why, well, it's picked the president in almost every election since 1960. now, let's go back 2 elections to see how things turned out in 2012 hillsborough county went blue. president obama won by more than 36,000 votes.
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mccain. that margin of victory was much smaller as you see on the right of your screen. now, because it has been so close this years past, every single vote counts this year. listen. >> the entire election in 2000 was settled by 547 votes here in florida deciding who was president of the united states for the next 8 years. >> at the community center here the vote in hillsborough is generally so close because balance of registered democrats, republicans and independents here in this county again polls open this morning at 7 a.m., they close at 7 p.m. and anyone in line at 7 p.m. will still be able to vote. back to you. >> good. that's good to hear. hillsborough county polling places will be under a microscope today, the department of justice is sending people to monitor today's process in
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being monitored include lee, miami dade, orange and palm beach. they explain it is to ensure every eligible vote is counted. early voting pinellas county reached record numbers with more than 75,000 voters casting their ballots early. those who did not head to the polls today. how are voters there leaning in terms of this presidential election? >> we won't know the exact results of the election until, of course, those polls any indication here in pinellas county, the county could go blue. now, back in 2012, it was a hotly contested race between president obama and mitt romney, but in the end obama won here in pinellas county taking 50% of the vote to romney's 49%. democrats have certainly been doubling down here hosting multiple campaign rallies
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musicians. vice president joe biden spoke at buffett's get out the vote concert last night. >> it's in the hands of the people of florida, we could go to bed pretty early once the results of this state come in. i really mean it. >> now, as of election day pinellas county had more than 650,000 registered voters, 231,000 of those were republicans, 233,000 w the other category. now, another big race in pinellas county is the all important fight for the 13th congressional district between david jolly and former florida governor charlie crist. well, a lot of eyes will be on that race and i'll have much more coming up in the next half hour. >> we'll check back with you in a bit. presidential candidates campaigned late into the night both making a final pitch to voters in battleground states.
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rally in north carolina, she was joined by her family, bon jovi and lady gaga. >> there is no reason, my friends, why america's best days are not ahead of us if we reach for them together. . >> today clinton will vote at an elementary school in her hometown. her election night party will be held in new york. . >> as for donald trump's final rally that was a last minute event in michigan. trump told supporters today is quote our independent dance day and the day american working class is going to strike back. trump also got in some last minute jabs at clinton. take a listen. >> real change also means restoring honesty to our government.
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let get rid of hillary, okay. that's probably -- that would be a very good first step. >> well, check this out, this is pretty unusual donald trump will hold his election night party at the hilton in manhattan just blocks away from hillary clinton's party. doesn't happen too often in the same city watching the results. >> a block and a half apart. well, the presidential race is not the only issue on the ballot. there are other key races. facing off with u.s. representative patrick murphy, it's been a tight race with lots of mud slinging, a recent poll is giving senator rubio with a 7 point lead. >> we're planning extensive coverage all day today from the times the polls open until they close and through the night. follow us on social media using the hashtag wfla politics. also if you haven't gone to the polls
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our election guide on wfla.com with everything you need to know right there for you. and one more thing you need to know before going to the polls, what the weather is going to be like. so certainly we encourage you to vote because even if you have to stand in line outside of the polling place it should be pretty comfortable, just a slight chill this morning, 65 degrees, a few passing clouds. maybe you're going around lunchtime 78 degrees, lots of sunshine a gorgeous evening when thels so no matter when you go mild and sunny. rain chance goes up slightly tomorrow with a weak cold fronted and another cold front on saturday and that's going to bring us a little bit cooler weather. 82 today, 80 wednesday thursday, down into the mid to upper 70s for sunday and monday. we check in now with traffic on the 8s. people want to head out early this morning. >> if you're hopping on the howard frankland bridge southbound heading towards
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the situation, folks, this is southbound on the howard frankland bridge right near the hump, pretty much looks at a standstill now. i do see vehicles start to go and then they stop and then they go. that's the situation. it looks like the 2 left lanes open but right now traffic really isn't moving. i'm going to go ahead and take a look. this fluctuates really you should leave the house at least 10 minutes early but this is where it's at and you can see the back up is starting to build southbound north bound is great, that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. right you now the search is on for a home invader accused of tying up and robbing an elderly couple at gunpoint. just after midnight monday she heard the doorbell ring when she opened the door 4 people barged in. her husband heard his wife screaming and described what
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struggling with one of the guys. and they threw her on the floor and tied her hands. >> the men took off with cash and other items. shortly after officer spotted 3 of the suspects crashed in a ditch in this car stolen from kissimmee. investigators are looking for the 4th suspect. they believe he's driving the couple's stolen car, a black 2012 buick with the floor tag on your you see it call lakeland employees. and we continue our coverage of election day 2016. >> still ahead watching voters in polk county. could voters flip from red to blue and what it means for the outcome of the presidential race. >> and preschoolers rushed to the hospital in south florida, coming up would school officials believe made these kids sick. >> then a real life version of the movie snakes on a plane, the moment passengers saw this
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. polk county is a must win in the race for the white house. historically the county skews republican and it has to stay that way if win the sunshine state. we're joined from a precinct with an equal number of registered democrats and republicans. pretty interesting there. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, and despite those equal numbers the past 2 elections polk county has skewed slightly republican, in 2012 mitt romney defeated president obama in this county by about 6% of the vote, and in 200 # it was john mccain that
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you can't take any example here from early voting because of the 168,000 polk county residents who have voted early or by mail there is a virtual split right down the middle between the republicans and the democrats. now, both campaigns did include lakeland in their barn storming of florida. . >> you're the difference makers, you're the deciders in presidential politics and that's a lot of fun and a lot of and fights for herself i'm an outsider, used to be an insider to be honest with you, okay, i know the inside and i know the outside, and that's why i'm the only one that can fix this mess, folks. >> reporter: donald trump obviously hoping that polk county remains in the republican column, of course, we will find out tonight. poll workers have already arrived here. the polls do open at
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>> sounds like a long night ahead. thank you. in maine state officials are looking into allegations of voter intimidation on a college campus. flyers showed up at bates college warning students that if they register to vote they would have to pay to change their driver's license and reregister their cars costing hundreds of dollars. elections officials say it's misleg >> so you have a privilege to drive a motor vehicle, but you have an absolutely right to vote. . >> the state's governor is worried about voter intimidation but said there's no way to know if students who voted also voted back at home. this morning dozens of the children from a south florida preschool are recovering after they all got sick at school. >> and now the state health department is investigating. it
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the hospital there. 30 of them were sick, 19 ended up hospitalized. one mom describes her daughter's symptoms after getting call from that school. >> she's throwing up and she's like -- like shaking, shaking and in and out, but when i went there, all the kids were throwing up. >> officials suspect food poisoning, they're looking at a catered lunch served to those kids. a second squirrel attack in central part of the state. the creature scratched and bit a resident yesterday. a staff member shot and killed the squirrel with a bb gun. this is the second attack at the same complex. a squirrel attack leaving 2 residents and a staff member with serious bite wounds that squirrel got away. officials don't know if the squirrel killed is the same one from last
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creepy sight on a plane. that is a green snake dangling from the ceiling overhead. this happened on an air mexico flight while it was in the air. the crew radioed the air traffic controller to get landing status. no one was hurt, just a little bit shaken, not the person taking the video. >> i don't hear anybody screaming. >> the airline is trying to figure out how the snake all right. this may make your skin crawl. a new study suggests that no matter how much you clean your home is an oasis for bugs. more than 600 types of insects, spiders and other bug lives in most of our home. homes with basements pets or in rural areas
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. >> i know, they're so clean. >> i do have a theory on why you didn't hear people screaming with the snakes on the plane. we had to turn that audio down because of what they were screaming. >> 66 degrees at 8:00, pleasant this morning at the polls, no matter what time you go. actually lunchtime 78 and mild, light breeze, 82 degrees around 3 p.m., partly cloudy. stepping out the door right feel a little cooler to you, cooler than yesterday but still above what's average for this day, but 59 degrees? zephyrhills, 61 in lakeland and 64 in sarasota. just we're about 2 to 5 degrees cooler right now than yesterday. so that's again it's not a lot but you'll notice it, i think. >> long range forecast high pressure with clockwise winds keeping us pleasant keeping us with this light breeze and a few
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best and not that much cooler behind it. upper 70s for veterans day but even cooler next week. it's a little bit tricky, it seems like cars are moving better but more vehicles are on the roadway so that's adding to the delay here. we've got the right lane blocked and here seeing the howard frankland bridge here the hump. so this accident i'm learning that it was a teenager who was driving too fast and then ended up crashing into another vehicle. so w involved in this accident. that's according to fhp. the 2 left lanes are open, a little bit of a back up. let's check the maps, 22 minutes has your delay this is southbound heading towards pinellas county. most actually heads towards tampa in the morning commute. here's your delay, almost 25 minutes, so you deaf want to leave the house early. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. just like voting you may qualify to get a free doughnut
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vote because they wanted to pick a candidate? >> now, they need a sugar buzz. >> stay tuned we'll rundown some election day deals for you. >> and taking that election day selfie could get you in trouble, why some states don't want you to say cheese while you're cast ago bowl lot. my dad was a family doctor in pinellas county for 55 years. he used to even take me on house calls. both my parents taught me to help others. that's why i believe in public service. congress we can do it again. i'll protect social security and medicare. defend planned parenthood and women's health care. and i'll take care of our veterans. i'm charlie crist and i approve this message because i'll put you, the people first.
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we can all agree that today is a historic day, even justin timberlake would be onboard with that after a very ugly campaign we are elect ago new president and many wanted to record the moment with a selfie but we want to remind you in florida and 2-dozen other states it is illegal to take a picture of your ballot, but one california legislature is the rule. >> so share a ballot is a celebration of the first amendment. we need to protect our rights. >> that new law doesn't take effect until january. across the country the laws vary and can be very confusing, but again, here in florida, it is illegal. so you may just want to take a picture of the i voted sticker. >> because if you didn't post it didn't happen, right? >> right. >> well voting could land you some election day freebies and
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my dad was a family doctor in pinellas county for 55 years. he used to even take me on house calls. both my parents taught me to help others. that's why i believe in public service. as your governor we got things done, and if you send me to congress we can do it again. i'll protect social security and medicare. defend planned parenthood and women's health care. and i'll take care of our veterans. i'm charlie crist and i approve this message because he's gus! he's gus! he's gus! he's gus! gus bilirakis. gus bilirakis! gus is for us. for us. all of us. and he gets things done. and he gets things done. gus stood up to his own party... to stop flood insurance hikes. he's protecting our veterans... and our seniors. and he's fighting to keep america safe.
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. you can see the camera the flags blowing, time to go vote, 62 degrees a little bit cool this morning, your election day forecast comfortable at 82 degrees and just a few clouds. traffic is moving a little better on the howard frankland
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hump pulled over to the side. now, a big issue out in sarasota county, northbound i-75, the left lane is taken away in north port. you love all-day breakfast. but you don't love that you can't get all your favorites.
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