Here’s what happened in Tampa Bay area state races

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State Senator Jack Latvala unsurprisingly beat out Libertarian Tony Caso 72 percent to 28 percent.

Republican Chris Sprowls has ousted incumbent Rep. Carl Zimmerman 52 percent to 48 percent.

Incumbent Rep. Larry Ahern has commanded a victory over Democrat Lorena Grizzle. With 53 of 55 precincts reporting Ahern has 57 percent of the vote.

Chris Latvala has beat Democrat Steve Sarnoff 53 percent to 47 percent with 46 of 51 precincts reporting for the district 67 House seat being vacated by Ed Hooper. Hooper is running for Pinellas County Commission. He trails Democrat Pat Gerard 51 percent to 49 percent with 266 of 299 precincts reporting.

Dwight Dudley has retained his House district 68 seat. Dudley clutched 53 percent of the vote against challenger Bill Young.

Young has conceded the race to Dudley.

“I would like to thank my wife, family members, supporters, volunteers, and staff for their hard work and commitment to our campaign. We knew it would be an uphill battle to take on an incumbent in a battleground seat like this, and I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work we put in. My first campaign was a great experience and I’m grateful to the residents of District 68 for giving me this opportunity,” Young said.

Kathleen Peters will keep her job as House district 69’s Representative. With all but four precincts reporting she has 58 percent of the vote. Democrat Scott Orsini has just 42 percent.

Daryl Rouson has slaughtered independent Philip Garret and a write-in candidate with 84 percent of the vote.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email