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It’s not the party … it’s the after party! A rundown of where Tampa Bay candidates will be on Election Night

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Votes have been cast. Now it comes to this — Primary Election day.

For some, the campaign ends here. With others, the road now leads to November.

Either way, candidates will be attending a range of events, where celebrations — or the drowning of sorrows — will take place Tuesday night.

Here is a rundown of primary night watch parties and other celebrations throughout Tampa Bay:

Congressman David Jolly, running for re-election to Florida’s 13th Congressional District, cast his vote at 8 a.m. at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office, 13001 Starkey Road in Largo.

Nick DiCeglie, chair of the Republican Party of Pinellas County, will emcee a Primary Watch Party from 6:30-10:30 p.m. for all volunteers and candidates at the Quaker Steak & Lube, 10400 49th St. in Clearwater. Appetizers will be available. RSVP at, (727) 455-5636 or (727) 709-1679.

The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) and the Greater Brandon Republican Club is hosting a joint Primary Results Watch Party at Square 1 Burger, 2042 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. Scheduled to attend the event, which begins at 7 p.m., are state Sen. Tom Lee, state Reps. Ross Spano and Jake Raburn, Hillsborough County District 4 Commissioner Stacy White, District 6 Commissioner Jim Norman, District 6 candidate Tim Schock, Clerk of Court candidate Eric Seidel, State Attorney candidate Mark Ober and County Soil & Water Chair Mark Proctor.

The RPOF, also in partnership with the Downtown Republican Club of Tampa, will be hosting its Watch Party beginning 7 p.m. at Jackson’s Bistro, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd. in Tampa. Scheduled to attend are Florida Senate District 18 candidate Dana Young, Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee Chair Deborah Tamargo, District 1 Commissioner Sandy Murman, Florida’s 14th Congressional District candidate Christine Quinn, Hillsborough County Donald Trump campaign co-chair Rebecca DeBoer, Hillsborough County State Committeeman-elect Jim Warishuk, Property Appraiser candidate Todd Jones, State Committeewoman-elect Clarice Henderson, and County Commission District 6 candidate Tim Schock.

Democrat Augie Ribeiro, running for Florida Senate District 19, will be at Three Birds Tavern beginning at 7 p.m., 1492 4th St. N. in St. Petersburg.

Rep. Darryl Rouson, who is also in the SD 19 race, will be at the Green Bench Brewery, 1133 Baum Ave. in St. Petersburg, from 6 to 8 p.m. For those wanting to attend, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Rep. Ed Narain, another Democrat running for SD 19, is scheduled to hold his election night festivities at the Tampa Heights Community Center, 2005 N. Lamar Ave. in Tampa.

Democrat Rena Upshaw-Frazier, running for House District 59, will be at O’Toole’s Irish Pub, 1215 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. Party begins at 6:30 p.m.

Democrat Eric Lynn, running for House District 68, will be at Reno Downtown Joint, 27 4th St. N. in St. Petersburg, Event begins at 7 p.m.

Democrat Ben Diamond, also in the HD 68 race, will be at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House starting at 7 p.m., 400 Beach Dr. in St. Petersburg.

Wengay Newton, the former St. Petersburg City Councilman running for House District 70, will be at the Boca Bay Grille at 2832 Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport. The party will start at 6:30 p.m., “Newt” will be arriving after the last vote has been cast and the polls close at 7 p.m. RSVP on the event’s Facebook page for a headcount for food and drink.

Pinellas County Property Appraiser candidate Mike Twitty will be at the Seabreeze Island Grill and Raw Bar, 17855 Gulf Blvd. in Redington Shores. Party starts at 6 p.m., polls close at 7 p.m. with the results expected at 7:15 p.m. More information is at

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