Like the song goes “No more rehearsing and and nursing our parts, we know every part by heart!” The primaries are over. The stage is set for the November elections in Florida. There were few surprises but some questions for sure. Both Rick Scott and Charlie Crist won their respective primaries easily. Scott took 88% of the vote while Crist garnered 74% of the Democrat vote. The Wednesday morning pundits will mention that both Scott and Crist needed bigger victories to solidify their support bases. Rick Scott left some 12% of the vote to candidates that were basically unknowns. Could this show a lack of unification in the Scott camp that might lead to losing votes to the Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllye in the general election is the concern for the governor. Along the same vein Charlie Crist had a much smaller margin of victory than did Scott. Might this mean that there will be Democrats that decide to stay home in protest in November? Crist will be in charge of building a high degree of Rick Scott hate in the next 69 days to energize Democrats to support him against Scott.
In the US House race in district 5 Glo Smith defeated her Republican primary opponent Twue Lowe to move on to the general election facing incumbent Democrat Corrine Brown. The Glo Smith campaign is an exciting campaign for Republicans as it was a great picture of the “new” Republican Party. Glo Smith, a Black woman, won a Republican primary against Twue Lowe a Vietnamese American woman, So much for the misogynistic, xenophobes, racists the left tries to paint the right as being. And now the question is how much support will Smith get from the republican party of Florida and the national party? Smith is in an uphill battle against Brown for the district 5 seat for sure. But this is a great opportunity for state Republicans to circle the wagons and prove to the nation that there is support for Black conservative Republicans in the state of Florida.
In a race that brings a smile to your face 23 year Jennifer Sullivan won the state representative seat in district 31. Miss. Sullivan is 23, lives at home, but was able to cobble together a winning campaign in a district that was an open primary. Sullivan was able to win the support of Republicans, Democrats and Independent on her way to the state house.