Primary Election Results 2014
Crist wins Florida democratic primary for governor
(AP) - Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has won the democratic nomination to seek his old job with his new party.
The victory Tuesday is another step in Crist's attempt at a political comeback. He will now face republican Gov. Rick Scott.
Early returns showed Crist with 75 percent of the vote, with 35 percent of precincts reporting.
Crist beat Nan Rich, the former senate democratic leader who has been campaigning for governor longer than Crist has been a democrat.
Crist left the GOP in 2010 when he ran as an independent for the senate seat won by republican Marco Rubio.
Crist used to call himself a Ronald Reagan republican, but he increasingly aligned himself with democrats after the senate campaign.
He campaigned for President Barack Obama in 2012 and registered as a democrat after the election.
Election Night Statement from Governor Rick Scott
TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott released the following statement regarding Tuesday's primary election results:
“The next few months are about talk versus action. That means Florida will have a choice between a governor who sent our state into a tailspin and a governor who gets results. Charlie Crist failed as governor, lost 830,000 jobs, and tried to run off to Washington – and now he wants his job back. We’ve come a long way in the last few years, but there’s plenty of work left to do. Let’s keep working."
Sheldon wins democratic primary for Florida AG
(AP) - George Sheldon is the winner of the democratic primary for attorney general.
Sheldon is a former deputy attorney general who once worked in the Obama administration. With 43 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, he led State Rep. Perry Thurston by a margin of 62 to 38 percent.
Sheldon will face republican incumbent Pam Bondi and libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer in November.
The democratic primary was a low-profile campaign where the two rivals largely refrained from criticizing each other directly. Instead, they were united in their unfailing criticism of Bondi and the job she has done since taking office in 2011.
They sharply criticized her for opposing a medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot, as well as her fight to retain the state's ban on same sex marriage.
State Representative District 68
Bill Young II was not surprised by his primary win, but is satisfied that 80% of voters gave him their support.
When asked if his father wanted him to start in state office, he gave this answer…
“He actually encouraged me to stay out of politics. He thought that politics had just become so nasty. He thought everyone would get wrapped up in the nastiness. And I think he’d be so proud to see that I stayed positive my entire primary and I’ll continue to make him proud by staying positive for the rest of my election until November the 4th,” Young said.
Bill Young II defeated newcomer conservative Joshua Black.
Yinka Abosede Adeshina (REP) 2 percent of vote
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder (REP) 11 percent of vote
Rick Scott (REP) 88 percent of vote
Charlie Crist (DEM) 74 percent of vote
Nan H. Rich (DEM) 26 percent of vote
George Sheldon (DEM) 61 percent of vote
Perry E. Thurston (DEM) 39 percent of vote
Here's a look at the voter turnout numbers:
Registered Voters: 756,328
Registered Voters: 617,925
Ballots Cast: 149,272
Voter Turnout: 24.16 %
Registered Voters: 301,083
Registered Voters: 123,897
Full Results By County
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(Charlie Crist) Photo Credit 970 WFLA/S. Parker