Crist, Davis, Lee, Campbell Among Fla. Primary Winners

In Florida’s primary elections, Attorney General Charlie Crist earned 64 percent of the votes as Republican candidate for governor, beating back fellow Republican, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher with his 33.4 percent.

Also, according to unofficial results, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis (47 percent) squeaked by his closest competitor, Rod Smith with a 6 percent margin.

Rep. Tom Lee won the Republican primary for Chief Financial Officer while Democrat Walter Campbell won his party’s nod to run for Attorney General.

The results also show Katherine Harris as the Republican Party nominee for the U.S. Senate. Latest numbers have Harris at nearly 50 percent of the vote to William McBride’s 30 percent.

In the GOP Congressional primary, Ric Keller has 73 percent of the vote over Elizabeth Doran in District 8, while Gus Bilirakis won by a landslide in District 9. District 13’s Vern Buchanan won with more than 32 percent of the votes over a neck and neck vie for second place between Nancy Detert and Tramm Hudson, each with 24 percent.

In the Democratic primary for U.S. Representative, John Russell, with nearly half the votes in the District 5 race, edged out Rick Penberthy who garnered an impressive 39 percent. Charlie Stuart took the District 8 win with 48 percent, while District 11’s Kathy Castor received more than half the votes, easily defeating her four competitors. In District 13, Christine Jennings emerged as winner over Jan Schnieder. A relatively close contest puts Bob Bowman in front by 9 percent over John Kennedy in District 15. District 17’s Kendrick Meek won an easy victory, earning over 80 percent of the votes, while Clint Curtis beat “Dr. Andy” Michaud with 61 percent in District 24.