MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The August Primary has set up a major show down for the Governor’s office.
Former Governor Charlies Crist defeated former state Senate Democratic leader Nan Rich in a landslide. Crist had 74 percent of the vote compared to 26 percent for Rich. He is the first person in Florida to win the nomination for governor as a Republican and a Democrat.
In November, Crist will go up against Governor Rick Scott who easily beat out two little know challengers with 88 percent of the vote. Also on the ballot will be Libertarian Adrian Wyllie.
The race for governor is shaping up to be a tight one. According to the “Real Clear Politics Polling Average” Crist and Scott are neck and neck. When Crist first got into the race he was ten points ahead. Now Scott is actually one point ahead with 43.5 percent of the vote, Crist garned 42.5 percent.
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George Sheldon won the title of Democratic primary for the state’s 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.
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In the U.S. District 26 race, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo was the winner of a five-way GOP primary that included former U.S. Rep. David Rivera.
Curbelo had 48-percent of the vote. District 26 covers a swath from Westchester to Key West.
Curbelo will now face U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla. in November.
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One of the closest races of the primary was for the District 8 Miami-Dade Commission seat.
Daniella Levine-Cava defeated incumbent Lynda Bell with 52 percent of the vote. Only three incumbents in the last 20 years have lost in this race.
Another Miami-Dade County Commission race which generated some heat was that of District 2, considered one of the county’s poorest.
The first Haitian-American Commissioner, incumbent Jean Monestime, was in a rematch with Dorrin Rolle, the man he won against back in 2010.
Monestime won with 64 percent while Rolle was at 30 percent.
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The race for the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser is headed to a run off.
With 711 out of 812 precincts reporting, Pedro J. Garcia has 35-percent of the vote while Eddy González has 25-percent of the vote.
The other three candidates are Alex Dominguez, Albert Armada and Carlos Gobel.
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Miami-Dade County school board incumbents Perla Taberes Hantman and Marta Pérez are headed for reelection.
With all 54 precincts reporting, Hantman has 81-percent of the votes.
With 74 of 76 precincts reporting, Pérez has 83-percent of the votes.
Both also garnered more than 80-percent of the absentee and early ballots cast.
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SkyRise Miami, a giant observation tower and tourist attraction behind Bayside Marketplace, has been given the green light by Miami voters. The public supported the 1,000-foot tower — coupled with a long-term lease extension for Bayside’s operator — won by a roughly two-to-one margin.
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We will have to wait until November to see who will be the new mayor of North Miami. None of the candidates garnered more than 50 percent of the vote so the race will be decided in a run off. Kevin Burns and Joseph Smith received the most votes. They are looking to fill the seat vacated by Lucie Tondreau after fraud accusations.
In Broward, Court Judge Lynn Rosenthal has won re-election.
This was a closely watched race because Rosenthal was arrested three months ago after crashing her SUV into a gate at the courthouse. She pleaded guilty to reckless driving and spoke about the dangers of sleep driving after taking a sleep medication the night before work.
Rosenthal won her race with 57-percent of the vote.
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