Republicans expressed frustration that major news outlets are refusing to call a Trump victory in Florida, despite the president having a commanding lead in the Sunshine State.
Trump maintained a strong position in Florida, where the bulk of its votes have been counted. As of 10:30 p.m. ET, Trump was leading in the must-win battleground by 3.5 percentage points, or over 381,000 votes.
The media's refusal to call Florida for Trump has upset several Republicans, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, who decried a bias against the president seeking reelection.
"Trump is up in #Florida by 3.5 points & 381000 votes with 91% reporting & only 50000 votes left to count. It’s over. So why won’t they call the race?" Rubio said. "To deny Trump an early swing state win until Arizona and Nevada close."
The two were joined by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who said that Trump won Florida.
Meanwhile, Florida Democrats are reflecting on their campaign. Anna Eskamani, a progressive state representative, called for changes to the Florida Democratic Party.
Polls closed in Florida at 7 p.m. ET, providing 29 electoral votes for the winner. At the time of publication, Fox News has declared a Trump victory in Florida, while other networks, including The Associated Press, still haven't called the state for Trump.
“This is something the president had instructed us to do pretty early in the campaign,” Miller said. “What we're seeing with the Cuban-American community, Colombian-American community, Venezuelan-American community in south Florida is nothing short of spectacular,” he said. "There is so much energy."