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Augie Ribeiro to decide ‘in near future’ on St. Pete City Council run

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Augie Ribeiro, the wealthy trial attorney who made a late run for state Senate District 19 in 2016, is now considering a run for the District 6 seat on St. Petersburg’s City Council. “I am considering running for this seat,” Ribeiro wrote in an email to FloridaPolitics.com Monday afternoon. “I will be deciding in the near future if it is the right time and position to serve the public,” he says, adding that “District 6 encompasses many of  the same constituents as in…

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John Houman — the forgotten man that stands between Darryl Rouson and a seat in the Florida Senate

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At a Tampa Tiger Bay event last month, Ed Narain joked that he wasn’t sure that John Houman actually existed, since he hadn’t previously seen the lone Republican in the race on the campaign trail. Part of that was because all of the focus on the Senate District 19 race was on the Democratic primary, ultimately won by last week by House District 70 state Rep. Darryl Rouson by less than 80 votes over Narain. So as attention now moves to November,…

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It’s (virtually) official: Darryl Rouson has won the SD 19 Dem primary over Ed Narain

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With machine and manual recounts now finished in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, Darryl Rouson is the winner in the Democratic primary for Senate District 19. He defeated Ed Narain by a mere 66 votes (that’s what the Rouson campaign told us. The Florida Division of Elections website shows the difference to be 77 votes. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Rouson received 73 more votes than Narain). Rouson has been all but officially declared the victor. He now faces a general election foe…

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Darryl Rouson gets 61 more votes than Ed Narain and is the unofficial winner in SD 19 race

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After a long delay in collecting some ballots in Hillsborough County, St. Petersburg based attorney and outgoing House District 70 Representative Darryl Rouson has received 61 more votes than Ed Narain in the Senate District 19 Democratic Primary race, out of 37,687 votes cast. Because of the narrow margin, there will likely be an automatic machine recount, but unless something dramatic occurs with the recount, Rouson will have won the primary, and most likely the general in the fall, as the district is overwhelmingly Democratic…

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‘Black Votes Matter’ slate card without disclaimer upsets some Hillsborough County candidates

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It’s certainly not the first slate card making the rounds since early voting began, but a “Black Votes Matter” handout that does not include a disclaimer regarding who paid for it has upset some Hillsborough County candidates on Election Day. This reporter picked up the slate card while visiting voting precinct No. 305 at the New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Columbus Avenue in East Tampa. The card was handed out by a woman wearing a Dianne Hart T-shirt. Hart is a…

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Scenes from Primary Day: Last-minute campaigning, voting with Ben Diamond, Eric Lynn

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Today’s the day. As voters head to the polls on the final day of voting in Florida’s primary, Democratic candidates Eric Lynn and Ben Diamond were seen performing some last-minute sign waving and campaigning in downtown St. Petersburg. Lynn and Diamond are facing off in Pinellas County’s House District 68. Augie Ribeiro was also spotted voting Tuesday morning; the civil justice attorney is battling Ed Narain, Darryl Rouson and Betty Reed for Senate District 19, which covers the southern parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas and northern Manatee counties.

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.30.16 – Election Day questions

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Primary Election Day is here, finally, for those of us who care. Because that isn’t close to the majority of registered voters in Florida. Going into today, the turnout by percentage via early and absentee voting here in Hillsborough County where I’m located was lower than it turned out to be in 2012, which Congresswoman Kathy Castor says is disappointing. We’re talking below 20 percent, folks. Whether that percentage might increase if the election weren’t held in the last week of August…

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