August 15, 2012

Florida 2012 Primary Results

The "unofficial" results from the Florida Secretary of State are in for yesterday's 2012 Florida non-presidential primary. Below are highlight of the primary races at the National Level. For complete information on state and local races, visit the Florida Election Watch.

On the National Level
Florida's US. Senate Primaries:  Rep. Connie Mack wins the Republican primary with 58.7% over three other candidates.  The Republican primary had 251,000 votes than the Democrat primary.   The democrat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson easily won his democrat primary.   Unfortunately, Nelson got lost along the way and abandoned all aspects of being a blue dog conservative and moved fully into the liberal camp headed by President Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid.

With Sen. Marco Rubio's win in 2010, Florida sent a clear message that it wanted conservatives representing them in Washington.  It is expected that they will feel the same and hopefully Floridians will retire Bill Nelson.   Some biased polls not using likely voters  had Nelson in a statistical tie or slight lead over Mack.  However, a  Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters prior to the primary showed Mack earning 46% of the vote to Nelson’s 37%.

US. House - Florida will have 27 Congressional districts: at present it has 25 districts.  However contested races for both major party were held in only in 15 Congressional Districts. Eleven Congressional Districts had Republican Primaries. Below is a summary of last nights congressional Republican primary races:

District 3 with 4 Republican candidates running had Ted Yoho winning over his nearest opponent by 1.2%.  Ted Yoho, veterinary knows what it is like to own and run a small business and it is encouraging to see that he is endorsed by people at the grassroots. He will need this support in the November election when he takes on 20 year incumbent Democrat Representative Corrine Brown who supported Obamacare, big government, and creation of our excessive National debt. Brown has worked tirelessly to advance the liberal progressive agenda of the Democratic Party in Washington, D.C. long before Barack Obama arrived.

District 4 had U.S. Representative Ander Crenshaw, member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, reaffirmed by his Republican supporters with 72% of the vote. Crenshaw is not opposed by a democrat but does have a write-in and no-party affiliation candidates opposition.

District 6 - with incumbent republican U.S. Representative Cliff Sterns not running, 7 republican and 2 democrats competed for a spot on the the Nov. Election ballot. The seven republican candidates divided the primary votes with Ron Desantis winning with 39%. Desantis had been endorsed by Combat Veterans for Congress, Freedom Works, Red State, and numerous other organizations supporting responsible and limited government. Ron is a Navy officer having served on active duty as a JAG prosecutor and also deployed to Iraq as an advisor for a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL counterinsurgency mission. He continues to serve as an officer in the United States Navy reserve. Interestingly, the Republican cast 63% of the total votes in the two District 6 primaries.

District 7 - incumbent U.S. Representative John Mica, member of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee easily winning with 61% his Republican primary over Tea Party backed candidate "Sandy" Adams. Mica has a democratic opponent in November. The democrats primary had only 28% of the total votes casts in the District 7 primaries and Rep, Mica won with more votes than cast in the entire Democratic primary. Rep. Mica needs to be re-elected to continue his critical work on the Oversight and Reform Committee which has been taking on the abuses of the Fast and Furious scandal and the refusal of AG Eric Holder and other officials to cooperate in Congressional Oversight investigations.

District 9 had 4 republican candidates with Todd Long winning the primary with 47%. He will be opposed by liberal looney democrat and former U.S Rep. Alan Grayson who lost to Tea Party-backed Rep. Dan Webster in District 8 in 2010. The incumbent for District 9, U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis was redistricted to District 12 were he was unopposed in the Republican primary but has opposition in the general election.

District 13 had 3 candidates with U.S Representative C. W. Bill Young (presently serving District 10) winning with a landslide approval of 69%. Rep. Young currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He will be opposed in November by a Democrat. The incumbent U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, was redistricted to District 18 and also face opposition in November.

District 14 - Evelio "EJ" Otero won the Republican primary with over 60% of the vote. He served for 28 years in the Air Force and is a retired Air Force Colonel. He will lead on issues that insure our Security, Prosperity and Freedom while working to restore honor in Congress. He is opposed in November. The incumbent US. Representative Connie Mack is running as a Republican for U.S Senator and won his primary as detailed previously.

District 17 - U.S Representative Tom Rooney, currently serving District 16 easily won the republican primary with with over 73% of the vote with 51,714 votes being cast in the District 17 Republican primary. Rep. Rooney presently serves on three House committees all of which are important to Floridians: Agriculture, Armed Services and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He does have opposition in November.

District 18 - TEA Party Conservative favorite U.S Representative Allen West, currently serving District 22, also easily won the republican primary with over 74% of the votes. West won more by votes than the votes casts for all three candidates in the democrat primary for District 22. Rep. West, a retied U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, serves in the Armed Service and Small Business Committee. In full disclosure, America's Best Choice endorses Allen West!

District 19 - Republican primary had 6 candidates. Trey Radel won with 30% of the vote. He will have a democrat opponent Jim Roach who seeks to hide his being a democrat behind the slogan "Our Country's Future is More Important than Party Politics." If Roach really believed that, he wouldn't be on the same ticket as Barack Obama and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. On his campaign site, "Roach Coach," he blames illegal immigration on employers, promotes jobs by supporting more government spending, and claims Obamacare will lower the deficit. Incumbent democrat US Rep. Ted Duetch was redistricted to District 21 where he is assured a victory with no republican opposition.

District 23 - with 5 republican candidates, Karen Harrington won with 48% who has also secured the endorsement of leading conservatives. Karen will be taking on the liberal mouthpiece of the Obama campaign DNC Chair & US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz who presently serves District 20 and was redistricted with the addition of two new congressional seats for Florida. Considering her opponent, a victory in November for Karen Harrington would indeed be a victory for America.

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