- Nan Rich performed about as poorly as a competitive candidate with longstanding experience could have in the largest urban counties. Rich performed as poorly as primary fringe candidates did against Lawton Chiles in 1994 and Alex Sink in 2010. Explaining how this could happen to such a seasoned officeholder will take more space than we have here.
- The Attorney General primary was a runaway. Due to our Editor-In-Chief Kartik Krishnaiyer accepting the job as Deputy Campaign Manager last month with George Sheldon’s Campaign we opted to not discuss the race on this site. Tonight Pam Bondi already called for a debate with Sheldon. With the primary over, we have opted to allow our other writers to cover the race, but Krishnaiyer will still be prohibited from discussing it here.
- Geraldine Thompson’s crushing victory over Gary Siplin should finally end the fears of progressives that Siplin will return to the Senate.
- We are very happy that Earned Sick Time passed overwhelmingly in Orange County. This initiative proved how well progressives if organized can do on the ground if they run an organized campaign over two years which involves a coalition of different groups. Congratulations to our friend Stephanie Porta, all of her coalition partners and the progressive leadership in Orange County for making this happen.
- Rep. Ricardo Rangel’s defeat in the HD-43 Democratic Primary to John Cortes owed itself largely to local factors. But sometimes Tallahassee pols forget local issues matter especially in districts like HD-43 where turnout is typically so low in primary elections.
- Sean Shaw’s defeat in the HD-61 Democratic Primary to Ed Narain is a victory for business groups, Disney and Insurance Companies. It is a defeat for the Trial Lawyers. We have already seen some spin about how this hurts Charlie Crist who stumped for Shaw, the more progressive of the two major candidates. Quite honestly, that is a stretch.
- Steve Sarnoff’s win in the HD-67 Democratic Primary means that Chris Latvala while still favored will not simply walk into the House. HD-67 was a 52% Obama district in 2012 and should perform equally well if not better for Crist since it is in his home county of Pinellas.
- The growing influence of Senator Jeff Clemens in Palm Beach County politics is unmistakable if you look at recent local election results and tonight’s School Board and County Commission races. Senator Clemens has created an independent power base in a county that has long been characterized by clear factions and party infighting.
- The performance of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office must once again be scrutinized. Again tonight, Broward had computer glitches and reported results late. Today in a low turnout primary it was especially noticeable.
We will have much more analysis on the Primary from our writers in the next few several days.