In yesterday’s primaries, Republican voters turned out in much higher numbers than Democrats which was pretty much expected, but the numbers are quite remarkable. What that means for the general election – particularly for hte national offices – is very hard to judge. Primary elections pull heavily from the party bases, the most involved and motivated voters.
House of Representative (my district) – only a Dem primary as the Rep incumbent had no opponent. James Golden, a lovely man who doesn’t stand a chance against the wealthy and entrenched incumbent Vern Buchanan, won the primary. He’ll lose the election. He beat my neighbor Rick Eaton, a native and an environmental activist.
U.S. Senate Dem primary: Kendrick Meek, former Congressman, knocked out Jeff Greene, billionaire businessman, with a strong 57% vs. 31%. Greene spent tens of millions. Didn’t help.
US Senate GOP primary: Marco Rubio, tea party favorite (although he’s been distancing himself in preparation for the general) got almost 85% of the vote. Aside from his tea party affiliation, he’s also from the Miami/Dade metro area, is of Cuban ancestry and speaks Spanish – population in his home county was as big a deal as tea party. He beat a few no-names.
Ultimately this will be a race between Rubio and Governor Charlie Crist, newly Independent. Charlie didn’t have a primary so he comes into this relatively unbloodied. And he, like Sink, is very popular.
Florida Governor GOP primary: Rick Scott (felon billionaire) beat Bill McCullom, current Attorney General with long career of public service. Scott got 46.4% and McCullom had 43.4%. Too bad. Money did it.
Florida Governor Dem primary: Alex Sink, current FL State Treasurer beat Brian Moore with 77% of the vote. Looking stong for the general.
Florida Attorney General Dem primary: Two terrific candidates. Dan Gelber won over Dave Aronberg.
Florida Attorney General GOP primary: Pam Bondi won over two State officials.
On to November.