Anyone hoping to call it an early night on Nov. 8 likely has their eyes on Florida, where Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton were nearly neck-and-neck in the race for the state's 29 electoral votes. At the time of writing, Florida still hasn't been called. Ballots cast for the Green party nominee that are drawing a significant amount of talk — and ire — from Clinton supporters. But how many votes did Jill Stein win in Florida?
As one of the most contentious battleground states of the 2016 election, Florida has been one of the most watched states of election night. And with good reason: Trump's path to the White House would have become decidedly more difficult without a win in the state. At the time of writing, with 94 percent of precincts reporting, Trump led Clinton by roughly one point. Interestingly, it wasn't the more than 4.5 million Florida voters who had cast ballots for Trump that had Clinton supporters frustrated. Rather it was the more than 63,000 people who had voted for Stein in the state's presidential race that faced the brunt of Clinton supporters' anger.
Although Stein was never expected to be a major player when it came to Florida's electoral votes, many of Clinton's supporters claimed she'd served to spoil the outcome after results began rolling in from the Sunshine State.
With at least 63,012 votes Stein secured an estimated 0.7 percent of the vote in Florida, according to the New York Times. While Stein's some 63,000 voters could have theoretically helped to narrow the gap between Trump and Clinton (presuming they all cast ballots for the Democratic nominee in lieu of Stein), they certainly wouldn't have closed it. Clinton trailed Trump by 135,296 votes with 99.2 percent of the votes reported.
For many, Stein's performance at the polls in Florida evoked memories of Ralph Nader and the 2000 presidential election. Democrats have long accused Nader, also a Green party candidate, of contributing to then-Democratic nominee Al Gore losing the presidency to the Republican Party's George W. Bush following a tight race in Florida.
With the Nader factor in mind, many Clinton supporters had warned in the run-up to election day that a vote for a third-party candidate like Stein was equivalent to a vote for Trump. To Clinton's fans, they may be vindicated in their prediction, but that's likely little comfort on election night.