Miami-Dade Election Results Liveblog: Pit Bulls, Primaries, and County Hall
Miami-Dade voters went to the polls today to vote on a long ballot filled with primary battles for both federal and state level legislative races, and the first (and in some cases, possibly final) rounds of the county mayor race, and several county commission seats. Longtime Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is also facing one of the toughest reelection bids of her career.
Polls have been closed for an entire 10 minutes now, and we're still desperately awaiting results to come in. The good news: there apparently were no major voting snags today, though the Heraldreports
a few instances of non-party affiliated voters seeking to vote in local elections facing confusion at the polls thanks to the partisan state and federal primaries. And, in case you're wondering where Republican Senate Primary frontrunner Connie Mack IV was today, he was, of course,visiting the Miami Dolphins
- Almost 69% of absentee ballot voted "no" on the pit bull ban repeal.
- Incumbent Carlos Gimenez has 62% of the vote so far in the mayoral race.
- All incumbent commissioners have sizable, but not insurmountable leads so far. Though, many may have to face a run-off.
- Katherine Fernandez Rundle has a 65-34 lead in the State Attorney race over Rod Vereen.
- Joe Garcia meanwhile seems poised to make his third try as a democratic candidate for the US house with 61% of the absentee ballot vote.
- Two current state reps looking to become state senators in the Democratic primary for district 39 (there's no Republican primary, so the winner will go to the senate) are in a close battle. Rep. James Bush III has 42%, Rep. Dwight Bullard has 38%.
- In State House district 100's Dem primary (again, Dem winner will take it all), Joseph 'Joe' Gibbons and Sheldon Lisbon are with in 50 votes of each other.
- 102 votes seperate Barbara Watson and John Patrick Julien in the District 107 Dem primary.
There's some close races out there, but perhaps not the most high profile ones.
- The repeal of the pit bull ban has failed, with 64% right now voting against it.
- Olivier Gilbert is the next (and only second) mayor of Miami Garden with 63% of the vote right now.
- Katherine Fernandez Rundle will continue on as Miami-Dade State Attorney, a job she's held since 1993 when former Miami-Dade State Attorney Janet Reno became Bill Clinton's Attorney General.
- Incumbent Aubrey Edmonson looks like she could be headed to a runoff, but NOT against Norman Braman's handpicked candidate Alison Austin. Instead she will likely face Keon Hardemon, who got the coveted Uncle Luke endorsement.
- Barbara Jordan, with 58%, looks like she'll avoid a runoff against Miami Gardens mayor Shirley Gibson.
- Bruno Barriero is at 51%. He could win outright, or face Luis Garcia in a runoff.
- Dennis Moss looks safe with just under 58% of the vote.
723 out of 829 precincts are now in. Lets make some more declarative statements, shall we?
- Carlos Gimenez will remain Miami-Dade's mayor and (despite some speculation otherwise) has avoided a runoff against County Commissioner Joe Martinez.
- Joe Garcia wins the Democratic nomination to face-off against Republican Rep. David Rivera in November.
- Rep. Frederica Wilson is headed to congress for a second term (She easily beat Rudy Moise in a primary and her district is heavily Democrat).
- Barbara Jordan has defeated Braman-backed Shirley Gibson to remain the Miami-Dade Commissioner of District 1.
- Dennis Moss will remain commissioner in District 9, beating another Braman-funded candidate.
- Aubrey Edmonson will likely head to a runoff against Keon Hardemon, and not Braman-backed Alison Austin. Shows you how much the local media (and Norman Braman for that matter knows about the black vote in Miami-Dade).
- Bruno Barriero is only .12% over 50 percent in right now. He's facing Luis Garcia, a former Miami Beach Fire Dep't Chief. That could go either way, but a lot of the precincts that haven't reported are in Miami Beach, which may favor Garcia.
- Juan Zapata is at 48.13% in District 11. If he can't make it to 50% by the end of the night he'll face Manny Machado.
We'd like to point out two things: 1) that would disenfranchise voters who legally voted using absentee ballots, and would open up the possibility of a lot of lawsuits and what not. So really, that's crazy talk. 2) Gimenez could still walk to victory and avoid a runoff even without absentee ballots. Right now he's at 49.45% with just election day and early voting. With just election day voting he's slightly above 50%. So, it is possible he could avoid a runoff even if absentee ballots weren't counted.
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