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More intrigue out of the aftermath of the Special Election in House District 58

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At approximately 9:40 p.m., the Supervisor of Elections office in Hillsborough County announced that Janet Cruz had taken 58 more votes than Pat Kemp, and won by 2%, 47-45. Gil Sanchez finished in 3rd place with 8% of the vote.

Stunningly, the margin in Hunter Chamberlin’s defeat of Jackie Rojas-Quinones in the GOP primary was just 12 votes, 355 votes to 343, or 1.7% of the vote, but still too big of a margin to trigger an automatic machine recount.

There are still provisional ballots to be counted, and that could change the outcome of both races.

But a story that should not be ignored is why it took over 2 1/2 hours after the polls closed before the final tabulations could be announced, since only 3,272 actually voted in the special election, called for by Governor Charlie Crist after former District 58 Democratic Representative Mike Scionti left the seat prematurely to take a job with the Defense Department.

For the rest of this story, including more about the anxiety felt by Janet Cruz’s campaign, please read the rest of Mitch Perry’s excellent story here.

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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