Florida Senate Republican President Wilton Simpson has informed Governor Ron DeSantis that he will miss today’s electoral college vote in the state after testing positive for Covid-19.
“I tested for COVID-19 yesterday evening ahead of the electoral college meeting scheduled for this afternoon and my test came back positive,” Simpson wrote in a letter to the governor.
“As a result of this positive test, I have great regret to inform you that I will not be able to attend today’s meeting of the Presidents of Florida,” he continued. “It was a great honor to be selected to serve our state in this historic capacity and I was very much looking forward to casting my vote for President Trump and Vice-President Pence.”
#Florida Senate President @WiltonSimpson, a Republican presidential voter, tested positive for COVID and will not be attending today’s #ElectoralCollege in Tallahassee. He informs @GovRonDeSantis pic.twitter.com/0GECQH6fpN
– Troy Kinsey (@TroyKinsey) December 14, 2020
It is not yet clear who will replace Simpson in order to cast today’s vote in the electoral college.
Yesterday Florida reported nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases and 81 deaths in the state. Nearly 20,000 people – the majority in the Miami-Dade area – have died from the virus since February when the first case was reported in the United States.
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