Last night, Florida held its Primary Elections. The results are currently considered UNOFFICIAL due to not being certified yet.
One United States Senate seat, all Congressional seats, the Florida Cabinet, half of the State Senate, and all State House seats are up for election this year.
Several incumbents won re-election automatically as they faced no opposition in the primary or general. In the U.S. Senate Race, Gov. Rick Scott easily won his primary election and will face off against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in November. In the Congressional primaries, due to retirement of Congressional members Ros-Lehtinen, Ross, and Rooney, as well as Congressman Desantis — who is in pursuit of being Florida’s next governor only — four of the 27 races were open elections.
Due to state-imposed term limits, all positions on the Florida cabinet are open in 2018 with one limited exception; CFO Jimmy Patronis, who was appointed to the position a year ago, is now seeking to maintain his position in his first statewide race. In the Florida Senate, only five of that body’s 40 seats races were “open,” meaning no incumbent is defending the position. And in the Florida House, both term limits and members choosing to run for higher office resulted in 34 open seats in the 120 member institution.
We now have a clearer picture of the match ups for state House and Senate for the Nov. 6 General Election, with the Republicans looking to retain control of the Governor’s Mansion, Cabinet, Senate and House.
State Legislative Races
In House District 59, Joe Wicker, an Army veteran who owns a home health-care business defeated Rhonda Storms, former Hillsborough County commissioner and state Senator, in the Republican primary. He will run against Democrat Adam Hattersley in the November general election to replace Rep. Ross Spano, who resigned to run for Congress.