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Recount update: Darryl Rouson now leads Ed Narain by 75 votes in SD 19 race

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(UPDATE) After provisional ballots were counted by the separate Hillsborough and Pinellas County canvassing boards Thursday, Darryl Rouson’s lead over Ed Narain grew to 75 votes in the race for the Florida state Senate District 19. The contest appears certainly headed for a machine recount on Friday, as the final margin of 75 votes out more than 37,000 cast is less than one-half of the percent required for an automatic recount. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner made the official call, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Roughly three-fourths…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.31.16 – Moving on to November

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Good morning, everyone. Florida’s primary election is history. So, where to begin? Patrick Murphy will face Marco Rubio in November. Murphy crushed Alan Grayson, 59  to 18 percent, with Pam Keith a close third at 15 percent. Rubio gets credit for honesty, saying that he can’t say for sure that he’ll fulfill all six years of his term if elected, which naturally Murphy is attempting to exploit. Boy, this race is going to get tawdry. In what has to be considered a mini-upset, St. Petersburg’s Darryl…

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Darryl Rouson gets 61 more votes than Ed Narain and is the unofficial winner in SD 19 race

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After a long delay in collecting some ballots in Hillsborough County, St. Petersburg based attorney and outgoing House District 70 Representative Darryl Rouson has received 61 more votes than Ed Narain in the Senate District 19 Democratic Primary race, out of 37,687 votes cast. Because of the narrow margin, there will likely be an automatic machine recount, but unless something dramatic occurs with the recount, Rouson will have won the primary, and most likely the general in the fall, as the district is overwhelmingly Democratic…

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Scenes from Primary Day: Last-minute campaigning, voting with Ben Diamond, Eric Lynn

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Today’s the day. As voters head to the polls on the final day of voting in Florida’s primary, Democratic candidates Eric Lynn and Ben Diamond were seen performing some last-minute sign waving and campaigning in downtown St. Petersburg. Lynn and Diamond are facing off in Pinellas County’s House District 68. Augie Ribeiro was also spotted voting Tuesday morning; the civil justice attorney is battling Ed Narain, Darryl Rouson and Betty Reed for Senate District 19, which covers the southern parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas and northern Manatee counties.

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.30.16 – Election Day questions

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Primary Election Day is here, finally, for those of us who care. Because that isn’t close to the majority of registered voters in Florida. Going into today, the turnout by percentage via early and absentee voting here in Hillsborough County where I’m located was lower than it turned out to be in 2012, which Congresswoman Kathy Castor says is disappointing. We’re talking below 20 percent, folks. Whether that percentage might increase if the election weren’t held in the last week of August…

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Here’s a rundown of the final flurry of pre-primary fundraising activity in Tampa Bay races

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The Tampa Bay area’s Senate seats are mostly decided, but new campaign finance reports show a flurry of activity in SD 19, the only area Senate district with a primary battle. Democrat Augie Ribeiro has raised and spent the most money, including another $10,000 of his own money between Aug. 12 and Aug. 25, though he is running against three current and former lawmakers. Rep. Ed Narain crossed the $250,000 mark in total fundraising after reporting $4,500 in contributions for…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.29.16 — Colin Kaepernick says he can take the heat for speaking out

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The National Football League concluded its third and most interesting weekend of pre-season games last night, and while there are stories galore about what’s happening on the gridiron (Denver sacking Mark Sanchez, Tony Romo out for a few months with another injury, Jameis Winston looking quite impressive with the Tampa Bay Bucs against the lowly Cleveland Browns), the big story was out of Santa Clara, where 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before their game against Green Bay on Friday night, the third…

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