WINNERS, LOSERS

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Here’s a quick summary of Tuesday’s election results involving Black candidates from around the state.

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AND STAFF REPORTS

Federal offices
Attorney Pam Keith, a first-time statewide candidate who was ignored by the state and national Democratic Party establishment, exceeded all expectations by drawing 15.4 percent of the vote in the U.S. Senate primary. Current Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy won the primary with almost 60 percent of the vote, with fellow Congressman Alan Grayson getting 17.7 percent.

160902_front01U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown won’t return to Washington after being defeated by Democratic challenger Al Lawson, ending the Jacksonville lawmaker’s more than two decades in Congress.

Brown, who is under federal indictment, was Florida’s only incumbent member of Congress – from either party – to lose Tuesday evening, based on preliminary election results.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson is headed back to Washington after easily winning a Democratic match-up Tuesday night in South Florida’s Congressional District 24. No other candidates sought the seat, meaning Wilson will go back to Congress.

Val Demings, a former Orlando police chief viewed as a rising star by Democrats, easily won a primary in a revamped District 10. Demings captured more than 57 percent of the vote. She will face Republican Thuy Lowe in November.

State Senate, House
Despite being under federal indictment, state Rep. Reggie Fullwood was one of nine state House incumbents who successfully turned back primary challengers Tuesday.

Fullwood, a Jacksonville Democrat who is facing an October trial on wire-fraud and tax-related charges stemming from the alleged misuse of campaign funds, had about 45.3 percent of the vote. In the November general election, he will face Republican Mark Griffin, who won the GOP primary for the seat.

160902_front01bIn the Orlando area, Rep. Bruce Antone beat Sheena Meade in House District 46, winning more than 60 percent of the vote.

In South Florida, Barbara Watson of Miami Gardens easily won and faces a Republican challenger in November.

A contentious Tampa Bay Senate race appears headed for a recount after state Rep. Darryl Rouson held a 76-vote edge over Rep. Ed Narain.

Rouson and Narain battled in Tuesday’s Democratic primary against Augie Ribeiro, a trial lawyer who spent more than $500,000 of his own money in the race, and former state Rep. Betty Reed, as they sought to replace term-limited Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner. The winner of the primary will be a heavy favorite in the November election in the Democratic-leaning district.

Sean Shaw, a former state insurance consumer advocate and son of the late Supreme Court Justice Leander Shaw, had a narrow win in a three-way race in House District 61 in Tampa.

Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, won a fierce Democratic primary and will face Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, in November.

Miami Democrat Roy Hardemon is headed to the Florida House after winning a splintered seven-candidate primary Tuesday to replace outgoing Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami. Only Democrats ran for the seat, meaning that the primary determined the winner.

Campbell won the Democratic primary for a Miami-Dade Senate seat, defeating five opponents in the Democratic-leaning District 38, including attorney Jason Pizzo who spent $770,000 of his own money on the contest.

Democrats Patricia Hawkins-Williams and Barrington Russell won Broward County state House seats. Only Democrats ran in House Districts 92 and 95, so the primaries determined the winners of the seats.

Ocoee Democrat Kamia Brown easily won an Orange County state House seat, collecting about 35 percent of the vote in a five-way Democratic primary in House District 45. The primary win gave Brown the seat because no other candidates ran to replace Rep. Randolph Bracy, an Orlando Democrat who won a Senate race Tuesday. Bracy bettered Chuck O’Neal of Apopka, Bob Sindler of Apopka and former Rep. Gary Siplin of Orlando in Senate District 11.

Democratic Reps. Bobby Powell of West Palm Beach easily defeated Michael Steinger, a trial lawyer from Palm Beach Gardens who sank $665,000 of his own money into the campaign. Powell now faces Republican Ron Berman, a co-founder of the company that became Quicken Loans, in Senate District 30.

Other former House members didn’t fare as well on Tuesday. Former Reps. Don Gaffney and Terry Fields, both Jacksonville Democrats, lost primary bids.

Local elections
Term-limited state Rep. Alan Williams, a Tallahassee Democrat, came up short Tuesday in his bid for Leon County supervisor of elections. But since it is a nonpartisan post, Williams qualified for a general-election runoff in November by getting 39 percent of the vote. He will face Mark Earley, who had 49.2 percent of the vote, just short of the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff.

In Miami-Dade County, former Rep. Yolly Roberson, a Miami Democrat who was the first Haitian-American woman elected to the Legislature, came up short in her bid for a circuit judgeship. Roberson, a lawyer, left the Legislature in 2010.

Term-limited state Sen. Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat who was once being considered for a gubernatorial run, lost by less than 400 votes in his Broward commission bid.

News Service reporter Brandon Larrabee contributed to this report.

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