Redistricting pitted two incumbents, Rep. John Patrick Julien, D-North Miami Beach, against Rep. Barbara Watson, D-Miami Gardens and the race was too close to call late Tuesday. Julien had the fundraising advantage after receiving the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida. The winner faces no November opponent.
Redistricting landed Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach, in unfamiliar territory in District 100, but he sustained a challenge from Surfside Town Commissioner Sheldon Lisbon. The district is split between coastal Broward and Miami-Dade. Lisbon tried to work his connections in the Jewish community, but it backfired when Lisbon sent an email saying this district is primarily a Jewish district composed of residents like us. The Anti-Defamation League sent Lisbon a letter asking him to retract his email. Gibbons faces no challenger in November.
Democrat Katie Edwards, daughter of former Plantation Council Member Bruce Edwards, beat lawyer Louis Reinstein in District 98, which includes parts of Plantation, Davie and Sunrise. Edwards, an agriculture consultant and former Dade County Farm Bureau executive director, was endorsed by Floridas NRA affiliate. Edwards is expected to easily win the seat in November against a Republican who has raised little money.
Former Miami Gardens City Council Member Sharon Pritchett beat another former council member Melvin Lewis Bratton in House District 102, which stretches from North Miami-Dade County, into Pembroke Pines and Miramar in Broward. Pritchett, a Democrat, will face a write-in candidate in November.
In a three-way Democratic contest in south Browards House District 104, Richard Stark, an owner of an insurance agency beat South Broward Drainage District commissioner Alanna Mersinger, and Robin Behrman, principal of the Bob Graham Education Center which is part of the Miami-Dade County public schools. The winner in the Democratic district is favored to win in November.
The primaries set the stage for another prominent battle among current state senators who landed in the same district: Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, who easily won her primary and will face Maria Sachs, D-Boca Raton, in November. Senate Democrats have identified the Broward/Palm Beach District 34 seats as a prime battleground where they hope to pick up a seat. But Bogdanoff has about a $100,000 more than Sachs in money left unspent, according to campaign finance reports through Aug. 9.
About 10.4 percent of Broward Countys 1.1 million voters cast a ballot. That included about 40,000 absentee ballots and about 16,000 early voters.
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