Florida Election Watch
offers a cool interactive tool that allowed me to maneuver between various Florida counties and check the progress of last night's vote count.
Around 9:00 PM, a pattern became evident in the GOP race for Governor. Rick Scott was ahead of Bill McCollum, in almost every county I selected to view, including Brevard. Proving a factor in the race--Mike McCalister, the supposedly nonviable candidate
who most obviously pulled votes away from McCollum to give the lead to Scott.
How the RPOF plans to pull together in support if Rick Scott proves victorious
remains to be seen. Given state Rep. Steve Crisafulli's expression during last night's panel discussion of the race with FT editorial page editor John Glisch, I predict the effort will be beyond collective nose holding. I'd go as far to guess that the Reps may attempt to team Scott with a super conservative right leaning Lt. Governor, someone sort of like, well...Bill McCollum.
As for the Democratic side of the coin, Alex Sink won as predicted and will hit the campaign trail with her choice for Lt. Governor, Rod Smith. A former state senator, Smith is the state attorney who successfully prosecuted serial killer Danny Rolling, responsible for the deaths of five Gainesville students back in August 1990, almost 20 years to this date.
With 83% of precincts reporting, Rick Scott maintained that same three point edge
over Bill McCollum, who still had big hopes of South Florida coming in large for his camp around 10:45 PM.
With state Senator Mike Haridopolos standing behind his left shoulder, McCollum thanked his supporters. Saying the count would go into the wee hours, he delivered a stand by speech, stating the numbers were not what his campaign expected and asked for indulgence until the morning.
He no sooner left the mike when the AP called the race for Rick Scott, ahead still by three.
Whatever the outcome, expect a recount.
Labels: Alex Sink, Bill McCollum, Rick Scott, Rod Smith