Frishe, Lee, Legg win key straw poll at Tampa Chamber Hob Nob

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Over 400 attendees had an opportunity to cast their ballot at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Political Hob Nob held this evening at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

A straw poll vote was conducted by Kids Voting Tampa Bay, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students on the democratic process.  Attendees could vote at computer stations or on their smartphones using a personalized code.  The results are as follows, including only those candidates who received votes.

The poll skewed heavily Republican — longshot Republican congressional candidate EJ Otero defeated Democratic incumbent Kathy Castor, for example — so the results may be a good indication of the mood of Republican primary voters.

In State Senate District 17, John Legg took 36.12%, Wes Johnson 29.07%, Rob Wallace 22.03%, John Korsak 12.78%.

In State Senate District 22, Jim Frishe took 63.21%, Jeff Brandes 27.36%, Raymond Alan Baker 9.43%.

In State Senate District 24, Tom Lee took 42.62%, Rachel Burgin 33.76%, Elizabeth Belcher 23.63%.

In House District 57, Jake Raburn won with 44.70%.  There was a surprise in House District 59 as Ross Spano finished on top of Betty Jo Tompkins and Joe Wicker, although Democrat Gail Gottlieb actually won the poll of this district.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.