Live-blogging today’s primary election: ***Updated***Charlie Gerdes wins District 1 primary

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7:29 p.m. – With only 2,864 votes cast at a cost of $150,000, today’s election may cost just over $52 a vote. By the way, turnout closed at 14.25%.

7:21 p.m. – Instant analysis: It’s going to be hard for Kersteen to make a compelling argument against Gerdes with the latter winning over 50% of the vote, even if it was just in a primary.

7:16 p.m. – Charlie Gerdes wins the primary with 52% of the vote, Bob Kersteen a distant second with 27%, Josh Shulman with 20.5%

7:07 p.m. – Results from the first precinct are in: Charlie Gerdes has 51% of the vote with 1,170 votes, followed by Bob Kersteen with 29% of the vote with 661 votes and Josh Shulman with 19% of the vote with 437 votes.

7:01 p.m. – Results from early voting are in: Charlie Gerdes has 51% of the vote with 1,153 votes, followed by Bob Kersteen with 29% of the vote with 654 votes and Josh Shulman with 19% of the vote with 431 votes.

6:09 p.m. – As of 6:00 p.m., turnout is 2.76%, in addition to the 10.6% turnout to-date in mail ballots received.

4:10 P.M. – As of 4:00 p.m., turnout is 2.06%, in addition to the 10.6% turnout to-date in mail ballots received.

2:14 P.M. – As of 2:00 p.m., turnout is 1.62%, in addition to the 10.6% turnout to-date in mail ballots received.

1:22 p.m. – As much as I agree with Doc Webb’s assessment, that Charlie Gerdes will be too much of a “loud mouth” on City Council, I can’t help but think what a difference Gerdes’ vote will make if he is elected.  Even though both Gerdes and the man he would replace, Herb Polson, are registered Democrats, their views on many key issues could not be more different.  Polson voted to vacate the sidewalk in front of BayWalk; I can’t imagine Gerdes making that same mistake.  Polson voted against giving much-needed funding to complete the new Dali Museum; I can’t imagine Gerdes making that same mistake.  And Polson just recently voted against the no-brainer decision to switch out a handful of electronic billboards for all of the visual pollution which currently dots the city; I can’t imagine making Gerdes making that same mistake.

In other words, elections have consequences, get out their and vote.

12:25 p.m. – In case you are interested, Charlie Gerdes’ Election Night party will be at Lee Roy Selmon’s.  More information here.

11:27 p.m. – BayNews9’s story about today’s election is here.

10:04 a.m. – As of 10:00 a.m., turnout is .71%, in addition to the 10.6% turnout to-date in mail ballots received.

8:30 a.m. – My running post “Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Primary Election” is here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.