I haven’t really been able to follow today’s election results until now (just after 10pm ET), so I’m checking them now and posting my thoughts as I go:
St. Petersburg, Florida – City Council District #7 Primary
With all precincts reporting, Lisa Wheeler-Brown finished first with 1,027 votes, and Will Newton was second with 948 votes. The third-place finisher was way behind those two, with just under 500 votes. Will Newton is the brother of the outgoing incumbent, Wengay Newton.
Mississippi – State Senate/State House Runoffs
Mississippi Republican Runoffs – As of about 10:15 ET, the votes in most of these races are still being counted. However, in all six instances, the candidate who finished first in the primary has either won the runoff or is leading. Apparently, it didn’t matter whether the primary election three weeks ago featured four candidates or three.
Mississippi Democratic Runoffs – As with the GOP races, the votes in most of these elections are still being counted. The AP has declared winners in two races so far: Mary Coleman for Transportation Commissioner, Central District, and Juan Barnett in State Senate District #34. Both of those candidates won their respective primary with more than 45% of the vote, so no real surprises there. SoAtme of the other races are still very close at this hour. In the sole contest which is fully counted (SD #34), the total votes cast in today’s runoff was about 77% of the amount cast in the primary.
Phoenix, AZ and Tucson, AZ Municipal Elections
The polls are now closed in Arizona, but there have been no results reported yet.