Wednesday, September 01, 2004

8/31 Election Results

By Taylor Sias

I took the dozens and dozens of state and local races, and tried to compress it into a one-page synopsis. Go to Palm Beach for all the results. There are many more utterly unmemorable races to account for.

U.S. Senate (Democratic Primary): With all 6836 precincts reporting, Betty Castor won a resounding 30-point victory over her nearest foe, Rep. Peter Deutsch. Castor received 58 % of the vote, compared to Deutsch’s 28 and Alex Penelas’ 10. Hollywood businessman Bernard Klein took approximately 4 %. This was a very impressive victory for the former Education Commissioner of Florida. Recent polls showed Castor leading substantially, but a win this wide was unexpected. She faces Republican Mel Martinez on November 2.

U.S. Senate (GOP Primary): Former HUD Secretary Mel Martinez surged to a 45-31 % victory over former Congressman Bill McCollum. Doug Gallagher’s $6 million spent yielder him 14 % of the vote. Five other candidates, including Johnnie Byrd, received low double-digit totals.

U.S. Congress, District 23: Alcee Hastings earned a 7th term in Congress by defeating local newspaper editor Keith Clayborne. Since no Republican has filed, Hastings automatically wins re-election to the House of Representatives.

PBC Supervisor of Elections: In perhaps the most intriguing race of Tuesday, former School Board member Dr. Arthur “Art” Anderson defeated the infamous Theresa LePore by a 52-48 margin. Anderson was helped immensely by the support of South Florida Rep. Robert Wexler. The supervisor’s race was turned into a national race, evidenced by Howard Dean and Joe Lieberman stumping for Dr. Anderson. Madame LePore will continue to serve through the 2004 Presidential election.

Sheriff: With 90 % in, Ken Eggleston and Ric Bradshaw are headed for a November 2 runoff in their race for Sheriff. Currently, Eggleston leads 37-36. The totals don’t matter, since neither is close to the 50 % needed to win outright. Fred Mascaro loses with 23 %.

Clerk of the Court: With over 80 % of the votes reporting, Sharon Bock is projected to beat Larry Winawer in the Democratic primary. She faces Scott Fronrath in November.

Tax Collector: John Clark won the Democratic primary with nearly 80 % of the vote. Mike Rios won only 21 %. Clark faces a Republican in the fall.

School Board, District 1: Monroe Benaim fell short of the 50 % needed to secure re-election. Instead, he’ll face David Harris in a runoff election. Jeff Joyner, a FAU Freshman, received 21 %.

School Board, District 2: Paulette Burdick was easily re-elected, defeating political novice Ken Locklear 68-32.

PBG City Council: Hal Valeche, Wall Street Investment banker and Bush supporter, faces a November runoff against most likely Jody Barnett. Valeche won 31 % of the vote, with 80 % reporting. Barnett, Bert Premuroso, Clay Harrow, and Barry Present all captured between 10-20 %.


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