Florida voters had a choice between retaining a reasonably competent but stiff and colorless Republican governor or replacing him with a slick campaigner who is a Democrat now, but only after stops as a Republican and as an independent. The voters chose center-right competence over leftist charm and smarm.
With 99+ percent of Florida precincts reporting. Scott led Crist by a little more than 80,000 votes out of five and a half million votes cast, a margin of one percent. All the groups who call such things declared Scott the winner just before 11 p.m. The race was supposed to be close and it was. Close, but an improvement for Scott over 2010 when he beat Democrat Alex Sink by 60,000 votes.