Biden takes Duval, 1st time in decades county goes blue in presidential election

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the first time in decades, Duval County turned blue in a presidential election.

The last time a Democratic candidate took Duval in a presidential election was President Jimmy Carter. That was back in 1976.

President Donald Trump led Democrat Joe Biden in the battle Tuesday -- with about 93% of the votes counted by 10 p.m., the Republican president had more than a three percentage-point advantage over his Democratic rival, prompting Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida GOP leaders to declare Trump the winner.

The Associated Press and TV networks waited hours and until 99% of the Florida vote was counted to declare Trump the winner despite the president having a 3-point and nearly a 400,000-vote lead out of more than 11 million votes cast.

With 100% of the precincts in Duval reporting, Biden took Duval with 250,942 votes. Trump received 232,846 votes.

Donald Trump(R)
Joe Biden(D)
Jo Jorgensen(L)
Howie Hawkins(G)
Gloria La Riva
Roque De La Fuente
Don Blankenship
100% of Precincts Reporting

(199 / 199)

Notably, Rep. John Rutherford, a Republican, was re-elected to serve District 4, which includes Nassau, and most of Duval and St. Johns counties. Among Duval County voters, Rutherford got 57.49% of the vote compared to Democratic challenger Donna Deegan, who received 42.40% of the vote.

It’s also worth noting that during the gubernatorial race in 2018, Andrew Gillum carried Duval County with more than 51% of the votes cast. Gov. Ron DeSantis narrowly defeated Gillum to take the state.