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

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After a hard-fought election season, with some of the most contentious (and expensive) races in history, it all comes down to this — Election Day.

Candidates will be hosting election watch parties, where celebrations – or the drowning of sorrows – will take place Tuesday night.

Here is a rundown of Election Night Watch parties and other celebrations throughout Florida:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist will spend election night close to home, with an Election Watch event at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg. Press wishing to cover the event should RSVP to with the subject line “Election Night Event.” The campaign is reserving room blocks at the Vinoy and several area hotels –RSVPs should note if interested to receive information on rates.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will be with friends and supporters to watch Florida’s election results at the Historic Polk County Courthouse, beginning 8 p.m. at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi hosts her Election Night Reception beginning at 6 p.m. at Tampa’s TPepin Hospitality Centre 4121 North 50th Street in Tampa. Media credentials are through Christina Johnson at (850) 339-5773, or via email at

Democratic Attorney General candidate George Sheldon will watch returns at a party beginning 7:30 p.m. at The Mint, 215 West College Ave. in Tallahassee.

United for Care holds an Election Day Victory Party for Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative, beginning 7 p.m. at Fresco’s Waterfront Restaurant, 300 2nd Ave NE in St. Petersburg. RSVPs are available at or

U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland is holding his watch party from 6:30–9:30 p.m. CT at the Edgewater Beach Resort, 11212 Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach

Gwen Graham, Southerland’s Democratic opponent in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, will be at the University Center Club at FSU Doak Campbell Stadium, University Center, Building B in Tallahassee.

Republican Congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo is hosting an election night watch party for his Florida 26th Congressional District bid beginning 7 p.m. at the Ren A Venue, 10855 SW 72 St. in Miami. Media RSVPs are available through Wadi Gaitan at or (301) 356-2911.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan invites all Sarasota-area GOP elected officials, local and state candidates to the Republican Party of Sarasota Victory Party at the Hyatt Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts beginning 7:30 p.m.

Orange County Democrats celebrate Election Night 2014 featuring U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson, state Reps. Karen Castor Dentel and Joe Saunders, Tiffany Moore Russell for Clerk of the Courts, Alvin Moore for Orange County Commission 2 and Eric Rollings for Soil & Water Supervisor 4. The event begins 7 p.m. at The Abbey, 100 S Eola Dr. #100 in Orlando. Tickets are available at

U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster hosts a family-friendly election night party beginning 7 p.m. at the Bella Room, 12100 W. Colonial Drive in Winter Garden.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel will be in West Palm Beach for the Palm Beach County Democrats Election Night Watch Party at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., and Frankel will appear about 8:30 p.m.

State Sen. Jeff Brandes is hosting a celebration for his Senate District 22 re-election bid starting 6 p.m. at 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse, 400 Beach Drive Northeast in St. Petersburg. RSVPs are at or (727) 537-0683.

State Sen. Joe Negron, running for re-election to Florida Senate District 32 will be at Stuart Coffee Company 55 Flagler Avenue in Stuart starting at 7:30 p.m.

State Rep.-to-be Jay Trumbull will be at the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort, 520 R. Jackson Blvd., Panama City.

Former state Rep. Scott Plakon, Bob Cortes, Bryan Nelson, Mike Miller and state Sen. David Simmons be on hand for the Orange/Seminole County Election Night Watch/Victory Party, beginning 7 p.m. at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs 350 Northlake Blvd in Altamonte Springs. More information is on the event Facebook page. The event is free, with food, a cash bar, large screen TVs to watch national results, and special internet display screens for local supervisor of election results in real time.

Rep. Amanda Murphy is hosting a Results Watch Party for her House District 36 re-election effort starting 6:30 .m. at the Boulevard Beef and Ale , 6236 Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey.

Chris Gregg, Murphy’s Republican opponent, holds his election party beginning 6:30 Rossi Ristorante Italiano, 7254 State Road 54 in New Port Richey. More information is on the event Facebook page.

House District 38 hopeful Danny Burgess is holding an election night event at Abbott Station restaurant, 5327 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills.

Former state Rep. Shawn Harrison invites supporters to an election night watch party at 6:30 p.m. at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. Harrison is the Republican running to retake Hillsborough County’s House District 63.

Republican candidate Chris Sprowls celebrates the end of his first-ever campaign for House District 65 at Johnny Grits, 857 E Klosterman Rd. in Palm Harbor.

Republicans Chris Latvala, who is running for House District 67, and former State Rep. Ed Hooper, candidate for Pinellas County Commission District 4 will be holding a joint election watch event at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Rd. in Clearwater.

Rep. Kathleen Peters holds a “November 4 Victory Celebration” for her District 69 re-election bid starting 6:30 p.m. at the Middle Grounds Grill, 10925 Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island.

Scott Orsini, Peter’s Democratic opponent, is hosting an election night party beginning 7 p.m. at Neptune Grill, 5501 Shore Blvd. S in Gulfport. Orsini will join supporters shortly after the polls close.

Rep. Dane Eagle invites Republican supporters to incumbent Gov. Scott’s Election Eve celebration, beginning 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Rd. in Bonita Springs.

Rep. Bill Hager will hold his election watch party for House District 89 starting 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott at Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton. RSVPs are at (561) 902-7282 or More information is at

The Florida Chamber of Commerce hosts a General Election Watch Party, hosted by Political Strategy VP Marian Johnson, at its Tallahassee headquarters, 136 S. Bronough Street. The party starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until the final results are in. RSVPs are through Katie Richardson, of calling (850) 521-1270. More info is here.

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