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Mayoral candidate Jamie Bennett found his front yard filled with campaign signs put there by his daughter Alexandria.

St. Petersburg Firefighters manned the polls for their endorsed candidates Angela Rouson and Kathleen Ford.

Rick Baker enjoys lunch at Diner 437. An adviser to Baker said the Mayor held back his endorsement of Bill Foster once Baker learned Foster was comfortably ahead in the polls.

With more than half of the electorate voting by mail and turnout low, poll workers, such as this man in Bay Vista, found themselves with little to do.

Non-stop rain was blamed for the low turnout. Less than a quarter of the city’s registered voters participated in an election that saw 10 candidates run for Mayor.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor low turnout kept City Council Candidate Steve Kornell’s supporters from working for their candidate.

Bartender Carolyn Nizny put on a “Peter’s election Wrecking Crew” t-shirt in anticipation of a night of politics and dirty martinis.

Karl Nurse is greeted by about a dozen supporters at his victory party at Bella Brava. Nurse won his election with more than 60% of the vote.

Times columnist Howard Troxler is welcomed by environmental activists Rebecca Falkenberry and Laurie MacDonald.

Karl Nurse breaks down the numbers with Gregory Wilson, who helped Steve Kornell’s and Kathleen Ford’s campaigns, and city attorney John Wolfe.

Good guy Johnny Bardine (right) celebrates a well-deserved win for Karl Nurse with Helen Briley (center).

Kai Warren, brother of Mayoral Candidate John Warren, and Lance Eppley of Mity Mo, discuss what must have been a difficult day for both men.

Bill Foster takes a moment to himself at his victory party.

Two days after the election, Mayor Rick Baker all but held hands with Bill Foster at a forum headlined by former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Pictured here is strategist Barry Edwards and prominent Republican fundraiser Dr. AK Desai.

See you in November: Angela Rouson embraces Bill Foster at a meeting of Drug Free America.

Carl Kuttler seems to be enjoying his retirement. Hey Carl! The ocean called, they’re running out of shrimp.

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.

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