Nov. 3, 2020, 9:26 p.m. ETNov. 3, 2020, 9:26 p.m. ET
By Patricia Mazzei
Daniella Levine Cava, a Miami-Dade County commissioner, at a campaign event in Miami in October.Credit…Lynne Sladky/Associated Press
MIAMI — Daniella Levine Cava declared victory on Tuesday in the race for mayor of Miami-Dade County, the second most powerful executive position in the state, after the governor.
Ms. Levine Cava will become the first female mayor of Florida’s most populous county, which operates a $9 billion budget. She is also, notably, the first non-Hispanic mayor elected to the job in 24 years, part of an ongoing shift in local politics long dominated by Cuban-American Republicans.
Though the mayor’s position is nonpartisan, Ms. Levine Cava, a county commissioner, campaigned as an unabashed Democrat. Her Republican opponent, Esteban Bovo, who goes by Steve and is also a county commissioner, stumped with Senator Marco Rubio. Mr. Bovo conceded to Ms. Levine Cava Tuesday evening.
Early results showed Ms. Levine Cava defeating Mr. Bovo by about 8 percentage points, similar to the 7-point margin by which Joseph R. Biden Jr. leads President Trump in Miami-Dade — a hugely disappointing result for Democrats in the presidential race.