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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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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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We polled the Democratic primary in Senate District 19; you’ll never believe what happened next

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The Senate District 19 race will come down to the wire. A new poll by St. Pete Polls found the race is essentially tied, proving the outcome will depend heavily on ground game and get-out-the-vote efforts in the final days of primary. The survey, conducted for FloridaPolitics.com, found 26 percent of Democratic voters said they were backing Ed Narain. Darryl Rouson is in second with 24 percent, followed by Betty Reed with 19 percent. Augie Ribeiro is polling at 17…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay state legislative races

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Republican Sens. Tom Lee and Bill Galvano have already won re-election, and fellow GOP incumbent Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes only face opposition from write-in candidates in their seats. Of the six Senate seats covering Hillsborough and Pinellas County, only districts 18 and 19 will be home to a new senator in the fall. Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young is the front-runner in the SD 18 race in both polling and fundraising, though favorable district lines and robust fundraising…

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Poll: No clear front-runner in Senate District 19 race

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The Senate District 19 race is wide open, with no clear front runner emerging just weeks ahead of the Democratic primary. A new survey by St. Pete Polls — commissioned by FloridaPolitics.com — found 26 percent of likely Democratic primary votersaid they would vote for Ed Narain if the primary were held today. Nearly 23 percent picked Darryl Rouson, followed by 18 percent who picked Augie Ribeiro. Betty Reed pulled 16 percent support. About 17 percent of voters said they were still…

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Matthew Isbell: A deep dive into proposed Tampa Bay Senate maps

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One major point of contention during the first week of the Special Session to redraw the Florida Senate seats has been the Tampa Bay area. Many spectators expected the Florida Senate to abandon efforts to cross the Tampa Bay from Pinellas to Hillsborough County, which they did in two districts in 2012. You can see this in the map below. The 19th district was used to create an African-American seat in the Tampa Bay region. Meanwhile, the 22nd district combined…

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