By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press
He did it! Rick Scott has pulled off the upset of our time by edging out Attorney General Bill McCollum 46% – 43% for the Republican nominee for Florida Governor.
In a very bitter race that was the most expensive in Florida history, Scott’s narrow victory now sets the stage to see just how enthusiastic the RPOF supports his run in November.
Many feel that McCollum did himself more harm than good by engaging in such a negative manner in the ad war between the two. And, with the state party putting its full weight behind McCollum, one has to wonder if it ever considered the possibilty that Scott may win.
One thing is certain, should Scott prevail against Democratic challenger Alex Sink in November, things are going to get real interesting in Tallahassee!
In other races, Pam Bondi won the Republican nomination for Attorney General in a close race and will face off against Democrat winner Dan Gelber in the general election. Bondi was seen to have benefitted from a late endorsement by Gov. Sarah Palin. The results;
Pam Bondi 37%
Jeff Kottkamp 32%
Holly Benson 29%
As expected, Marco Rubio easily prevailed in the Senate GOP primary, as did Kendrick Meek, who was able to hold off a challenge by playboy Jeff Greene.
Locally, as reported earlier, Dan Webster easily carried the vote in the congressional district 8 GOP primary, setting himself up to be the man that replaces Alan Grayson. The results;
Dan Webster 40%
Todd Long 22%
Kurt Kelly 13%
Patricia Sullivan 10%
Bruce O’Donoghue 7%
Dan Fanelli 3%
Ross Bieling 2%
In a much tighter race in congressional district 24, Sandy Adams came out on top in a race where many saw her as the third wheel. With so much media attention on the animated contest between Craig Miller and Karen Diebel, some were too quick to count Ms. Adams out. She will now go up against Suzanne Kosmas, who faced no real challenge in the primary, in November. Kosmas will have a real struggle on her hands to retain the D24 seat! The results:
Sandy Adams 30%
Karen Diebel 29%
Craig Miller 27%
Tom Garcia 9%
Deon Long 3%
In the Orange County Mayor’s race, Teresa Jacobs and Bill Segal head to a run off election in November, as no candidate received more than 50% of the vote.
In the Orange County Commissioner races, Jennifer Thompson, Ted Edwards and Tiffany Moore Russell easily won each respective race. Bill Sublette won going away for Orange County School Board, proving once again that name recognition is very hard to overcome.
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