Do you feel that excitement? The excitement only a midterm primary election can bring?
OK, sure, both of the top-of-the-ticket races for each party's gubernatorial nominee may be foregone conclusions, but there were lots of interesting races going on elsewhere on the ballot in Miami-Dade. That includes legislative primaries, the next mayor of North Miami, a decisive county commission race, and whether or not Miami voters will allow the construction of that giant hairpin-shaped observational tower.
RACES TO WATCH
Republican Governor Nominee: Rick Scott
Democratic Governor Nominee: Charlie Crist
Democratic Attorney General Nominee: George Sheldon
Republican Congressional Primary, District 26: Carlos Curbelo (Will face Rep. Joe Garcia in Nov.)
Miami-Dade Commission - District 8: Daniella Levine Cava
North Miami Mayor: Runoff between Kevin Burns and Smith Josephy
Miami Bayside/SkyRise ballot question: Approved
12:19 - Anyway, we done here.
— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) August 27, 2014
8:55 - And here's what the Bell v. Levine Cava race looks like with 24 of 83 precincts in.
8:20 - George Sheldon will have the pleasure of taken on Pam Bondi in the Attorney General race. He bested Democratic primary opponent Perry Thurston. Thurston seems to be carrying his home turf of Broward County, but no other major counties.
8:15 - David Rivera congratulates School Board member Carlos Curbelo for winning the GOP primary race in District 26. Rivera's name was on the ballot, but he pulled out of the election. Anyway, we can put those rumors that the controversial Rivera was trying to run some sort of secret campaign despite pulling out of the race to rest.
Curbelo, we're sure, is thrilled that he has Rivera's support.
Congratulations to Carlos Curbelo on his victory tonight in Florida congressional district 26.
— David Rivera (@RepRivera) August 27, 2014
Now that the primary is over, it is time for all Republicans to unite behind Carlos and defeat Joe Garcia in November.
— David Rivera (@RepRivera) August 27, 2014
8:07 - Polls closed in Miami-Dade for an hour now and still not a single precinct here has reported any results. In other counties they're almost finished.
In any event, Miami-Dade's elections results page is the ugliest thing I've ever seen. Broward's is so elegant. Granted, not a single precinct has reported there either.
8:01: Polls are now closed everywhere in Florida.
- Rick Scott has 87.65 percent of the Republican vote in so far. Elizabeth "Chancleta" Cuevas-Neunder is at 10.58 percent, apparently becoming the decanting Republican favorite.
- Charlie Crist has 74.76 percent of the Democratic vote compared to Nan Rich's 25.24 percent.
So, yes, Crist v. Scott is now guaranteed.
7:54: Here's what the North Miami mayoral race looks like right now. We're talking a margin of 26 votes. Former Mayor Kevin Burns won absentee voting. Joseph won early voting. The smart money is on Joseph to overtake Burns, but who really knows.
7:37: Early voting is (at least partially) in. Not too much has changed.
- By the way, George Sheldon leads Perry Thurston in the Democratic Primary for Attorney General both in Miami and State-wide.
- Daniella Levine Cava has now overtaking incumbent Lynda Bell. Cava leads with 51.82 percent.
- In North Miami Kevin A Burns' lead has shrunk to 41.53 percent in the Mayors race. Smith Joseph is at 40.91 percent.
7:30: A few more notes form absentee voting:
- Lynda Bell is the only incumbent county commissioner who may be in any sort of trouble tonight. The rest are riding to victory.
- State Rep. Daphne Campbell's Republican-like social views don't seem to be putting her in danger in her Democratic primary.
- 6.93 percent of all registered voters in Miami-Dade voted in this election by absentee ballot.
7:14: And we're off! Absentee ballot counts are in. So far. No major surprises:
- Carlos Curbelo leads the Republican congressional primary in District 26. That's David Rivera's old seat. Rivera dropped out of the race, but his name was still on the ballot. Somehow he still has 9 percent of the vote.
- Charlie Crist has 76.29% of the Democratic primary vote. So, we're probably not gearing up for a Nan Rich shocker tonight.
- The race between super conservative city commissioner Lynda Bell and her more liberal challenger Daniella Cava is pretty tight, but Bell leads with 54 percent in absentee votes.
- Kevin A Burns leads the North Miami Mayor race with 53 percent. Oh wow.
- In something that's, well, shocking to me! 70% of absentee voters voted yes on the SkyRise ballot question. Woah!
7:12: WLRN reporter Nadege Green was stationed at the Sunkist Grove precinct in North Miami and chronicled a string of verbal fights that broke out on Twitter. So that's fun.
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Another near fight at Sunkist: Campaign worker asks for guy on bullhorn to quiet. Bullhorn guy: I'll take my clothes off and beat your a@$
— Nadege C. Green (@NadegeGreen) August 26, 2014
7:08 - And, while we're waiting, here's the best names that appeared somewhere on ballots in Miami-Dade today: Marina Meadows, Mykita Cherry Prime, Lorenzo Palomares Starbuck and Yinka Abosede Adeshina.
7:03 - Polls have officially closed ...and now we wait patiently (well hopefully not too patiently) for early and absentee voting numbers to role in.