Highlights From Florida Live – Election Edition

Dan Maduri hosted AM 820 News’ election night coverage

Dan Maduri talks with State Senator Jeff Brandes on his election win Tuesday night. (T. Mallard/News Talk Florida)

After a year of campaigning and nearly half a billion dollars spent, the big Florida races finally concluded during the 2018 general midterm election on Tuesday night. AM 820 News was live at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House in St. Petersburg for election night coverage hosted by Dan Maduri, host of Florida Live. Dan was joined by a number of notable politicians and political thinkers from around the Tampa Bay area, including former St. Pete mayor Rick Baker.

Dan Maduri talks with former St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker (right) during AM 820 News’ election night coverage. (T. Mallard/News Talk Florida)

A big winner on Tuesday night joined Maduri in Jeff Brandes, who talked to Dan just after a convincing win in his campaign to retain his seat in the state Senate.   The Republican, who represents Pinellas County in Tallahassee, has been a champion of criminal justice reform in Florida and talked about it with AM 820’s crew after his victory.

AM 820 News’ newest voice, former congressman David Jolly, joined Dan over the phone to discuss the numbers as results poured in. The two major statewide races had still been deemed too close to call, but by the time Jolly called in the numbers were making it clear that Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis would take both races for the Republican party. Jolly, who nearly joined the gubernatorial campaign himself as part of a unity ticket split between a Republican and Democrat, gives his thoughts on the statewide races and the situation in the Sunshine State.

Election Night at 400 Beach Drive in St. Petersburg. (T. Mallard/News Talk Florida)

Chris Ingram also joined his fellow AM 820 host, taking a brief timeout from helping Bay News 9 with their election night coverage from a Republican angle. Ingram has covered politics from multiple angles and been part of campaigns as a political operative, and few could put the night into context easier than somebody who has been as close to the action as Ingram.

Chris Ingram can be heard on AM 820 News Tampa Bay and 98.3 FM Pinellas County from 10-noon every weekday morning. David Jolly: Unbiased, Unplugged airs from 1-3 PM weekdays. Dan Maduri is the host of Monday’s News Hour program alongside former Tampa mayor Dick Greco from noon-1, and Maduri can also be hear on Florida Live from 3-6 every weekday afternoon on Your Conversation Station.

Dan Maduri (right) and Dick Greco, co-hosts of The News Hour on Mondays at AM 820 News, led Election Night coverage. (T. Mallard/News Talk Florida)
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