Three weeks ago, Rose Ferlita looked like the candidate to beat in the Tampa mayor’s race.
She won more votes than any of the five candidates vying to be Tampa’s next mayor and found support across a wide swath of the city. She outpolled Bob Buckhorn in many of the precincts carried by Dick Greco and Ed Turanchik in the March 1 primary, giving her a potential edge over Buckhorn as the campaign turned toward Tuesday’s runoff election.
Citywide, just 9 percent of precincts supported Ferlita in Tuesday’s election ?bringing to mind Greco’s 1995 victory over Jan Platt, when Greco carried 96 percent of the city’s precincts.
“Sometimes, when the wind goes out of your sail, it’s over,” said former Gov. Bob Martinez, a South Tampa resident. “That’s basically what happened here.” Continue reading Kevin Wiatrowski’s storyhere.