Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank has defeated Republican Eric Seidel, 53 percent to 47 percent. That’s with 335 out of 340 precincts reporting.
Although the margin was much closer than Frank’s victory over Kevin Beckner in the Democratic primary (where she won by 18 points), the race against Seidel was much easier. That’s because the former Fox-13 consumer reporter decided that he would not adopt the hardball tactics employed by Beckner in his campaign.
It helped him get closer to Frank, but not nearly close enough to defeat Frank, who has been serving in the Clerk’s office since 2004. She’s been a legislator in Hillsborough County since 1972.