ORLANDO, Fla. — A U.S. House representative lost his Republican primary in a night of upsets and surprises this August primary.

Rep. Ross Spano, a one-term congressman whose House district 15 represents parts of Lake, Polk and Hillsborough County, lost to challenger Scott Franklin in the Republican primary, 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent.

Incumbents in several local races were also unseated, including Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson, Osceola County Clerk of Courts Armando Ramirez, Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, and County Commissioner Betsy Vanderley.

More than half a million people voted early, and more than 2.2 million have voted by mail so far, with another 2 million ballots not yet turned in. That doubles the number of early and mail-in votes cast in the 2016 August primary. 

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Big Race Results County-by-County


John Tobia won his Republican primary for Brevard County Commission District 3, beating challenger Kathy Meehan, 63.3 percent to 36.7 percent.

In the Brevard County School Board races, Jennifer Jenkins beat incumbent Tina Descovich in District 3, while Matt Susin wll keep his District 4 seat, beating challenger David Worrells.

And the race for Palm Bay mayor will go to a runoff in November, with Rob Medina and Khalilah Maragh as the top two vote-getters in the four-way race, but neither getting 50 percent plus 1 of the vote.


For Flagler County Commission, incumbents David Sullivan and Donald O'Brien have won their respective seats in the Republican primaries. 

In the Flagler County School Board race for District 5, incumbent Maria Barbosa lost her re-election bid. Cheryl Massaro won the race outright. Incumbent Colleen Conklin won her re-election bid in District 3, and Jill Woolbright won the race for District 1.

And the race for Palm Coast mayor will go to a runoff in November, with incumbent Milissa Holland facing off against Alan Lowe.


In Howey-in-the-Hills, voters have recalled town councilman Matt McGill.

Incumbents lost in two Lake County Commission Republican primaries, Tim Sullivan and Wendy Breeden. Donald Shields won District 1 outright in a universal primary, while Kirby Smith faces write-in candidates in November.

For the Lake County School Board, Mollie Cunningham and Betsy Farner will go to a runoff in November for District 4. They beat incumbent Sandy Gamble, who came in third in a four-way race.

The Clermont mayoral race will also go to a runoff in November, with Diane Travis and Tim Murry as the top two vote-getters.


In the Republican primary for Property Appraiser, Jimmy Cowan defeated David Moore and Neil Nikkinen.

In the race for Marion County School Board Seat 1, Lori Conrad (40.8 percent) and Allison Campbell (36.2 percent) will face off in a runoff. Sheila Arnett got 23 perecent of the vote.

The three-way race for the Marion County Commission District 1 GOP nominee went to Craig Curry, who won a solid 50.4 percent of the vote.


Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh lost his re-election bid to former State Rep. Amy Mercado in the Democratic primary. Mercado will face two write-in candidates in November.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina has won his re-election bid in the Democratic primary, and will also face two write-in candidates in November.

Orange County Commissioner for District 1, Betsey Vanderley, lost her re-election bid to Nicole Wilson, while incumbent commissioners Mayra Uribe and Emily Bonilla won re-election.

In the Orange County School Board race, two races will go to a runoff in November, the District 4 race with incumbent Pam Gould and challenger Prince Brown, and the District 5 race with Vicki-Elaine Felder and Bruce Antone.


Incumbent Sheriff Russ Gibson lost the Democratic primary to Deputy Marco Lopez, who will go on to face Luis "Tony" Fernandez, a no-party affiliate candidate, in November.

Osceola Clerk of Courts Armando Ramirez lost to Kelvin Soto in a universal primary. That means the former Osceola County School Board member will take over the office.


In the Tax Collector race to replace Joel Greenburg, J.R. Kroll received 55.8 percent of the votes in the Republican primary to defeat Brian Buete.

For the Seminole County Commission, incumbent Lee Constantine cruised to victory in the Republican primary for District 3 with 66.3 percent of the votes in a contentious battle with Ben Paris. In the District 1 GOP primary, incumbent Bob Dallari (60.1 percent) held off a challenge from  Matt Morgan (39.9 percent).

In the race for Casselberry Commission Seat 4, there will be a runoff between Bill Hufford (41.1 percent of vote) and Chad Albritton (32.8 percent).


Incumbent Sheriff William Farmer Jr. won re-election in a universal primary. He was the only incumbent to win re-election in Sumter County. All of the Sumter County commissioners up for re-election lost Tuesday night. Gary Search, Craig Estep and Oren Miller will take their places.


Will Roberts beat David Santiago in the universal primary for Tax Collector, making Roberts the first county tax collector in years. 

The race for Volusia County Council chair will go to a runoff in November between Jeff Brower and Deb Denys. 

In the Volusia County School Board race for District 2, incumbent Ida Wright will face a November runoff against challenger Anita Burnette.

And Derrick Henry won re-election as Daytona Beach's mayor.

Election News Updates

9:44 p.m.

Rep. Ross Spano has lost his re-election bid to a Republican challenger.

Spano, whose district includes parts of Lake, Polk and Hillsborough counties, was unseated by challenger Scott Franklin, 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent. Franklin will face Democrat Alan Cohn in November.

Spano is under federal investigation for campaign finance violations, and that figured into the support Franklin garnered in the race, including a campaign appearance from Rep. Matt Gaetz last weekend in Brandon. 

Spano is the eighth House incumbent to lose renomination this year.

9:24 p.m.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina has won the Democratic primary, and will go on to face two write-in candidates in November.

Mina won the five-way race with 54.4 percent of the vote. AndrewDarling received 15.1 percent of the vote, and no other candidate got more than 15 percent.

Tim Lucas Adams and Winston Johnson are the two write-in candidates Mina will face in November.

Meanwhile in Sumter County, incumbent William Farmer Jr. won re-election in a universal primary against Eric Anderson, with 72.5 percent of the vote.

9:10 p.m.

Monique Worrell has won the race to replace Aramis Ayala, the state attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, encompassing Orange and Osceola counties.

Worrell beat three other candidates, including former Chief Judge Belvin Perry and assistant state attorney Deborah Barra, garnering 43.4 percent of the vote. 

Worrell was a director of SA9's conviction integrity unit. She was also a criminal justice attorney and a supporter of police reform. Late in the race, Ayala rescinded her endorsement from Barra and gave it to Worrell, who also received celebrity help and a cash infusion. 

Worrell faces a “No Party Affiliation” candidate, Jose Torroella, in November. 

9:04 p.m.

Fred Hawkins Jr., the Osceola County commissioner who was removed from office after he was arrested on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer, has won the Republican primary for Florida House District 42.

Hawkins won with 46.6 percent of the vote in a four-way race, beating the next closest candidate, Dianna Liebnitzky, who got 29.8 percent of the vote.

Hawkins was arrested months after he attempted to enter a Homeowners' Association election meeting for Turnberry Reserve, a community that recently won its attempt to unseat its HOA board, alleging misconduct and harassment, among other charges.

Many Turnberry Reserve residents see Hawkins as sympathetic to their plight in fighting the HOA.  

8:45 p.m.

From Lake County reporter Dave DeJohn:

The effort to recall Howey-In-The-Hills town councilman Matt McGill has succeeded. This is the town's second attempt to impeach McGill, after a federal court halted the vote back in April.

Early Tuesday morning, several residents could be seen showing support for the recall.

“I think for the last two years we've had so much disruption and the council has wanted to get things done, but they just haven't been able to,” said resident Patty Lang.

McGill says he may move forward with a lawsuit against the city, seeking financial damages that reportedly amount to around a million dollars.

8:38 p.m.

In Osceola County, Armando Ramirez has lost his position as Clerk of Court to Kelvin Soto, the former Osceola County School Board member. 

Soto beat Ramirez in a four-way race, winning 43 percent. 

John Cortes came in second with 22.6 percent.

Ramirez got 20.4 percent of the vote.

Jossue Lorenzo got 14 percent. 

8:32 p.m

Orange County Commissioner Betsy Vanderley has lost her re-election bid for District 1, which represents southwest Orange County, including the growing community of Horizon West.

Nicole Wilson beat Vanderley, 57.1 percent to 42.5 percent. 

In Orange County Commission District 3, Mayra Uribe won her re-election bid, beating former Commissioner Pete Clark 58.7 percent to 30.9 percent. 

Since both candidates got more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be no runoff election.

8:30 p.m.

Orange County property appraiser Rick Singh has been unseated by former State Rep. Amy Mercado in the Democratic primary for the job.

Mercado beat Singh, 60 percent to 31.3 percent, with Khalid Muneer getting 8.7 percent of the vote.

Singh's time in office was mired in controversy and accusations regarding misconduct, which he denied. 

Singh says he is looking forward to going back into the private sector and spending more time with his elderly mother and his family.

Mercado faces two write-in candidates in November, S. Scott Boyd and Tim Louck.

8:15 p.m.

Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson has lost his re-election bid in the Democratic primary to Marco Lopez, an Osceola County sheriff's deputy.

Lopez edged Gibson out, 36.6 percent to 34.5 percent in the three-way race, with Mike Fisher getting 29 percent of the vote.

Lopez will face no-party affiliate Luis "Tony" Fernandez. 

7:54 p.m.

Not all of the results are in yet, but Rep. Ross Spano seems to be in a fight for his Congressional life. 

The incumbent is losing right now to challenger Scott Franklin in the Republican primary for U.S. House district 15, which covers parts of Lake, Polk and Hillsborough counties, 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent, with 85 percent of the precincts reporting.

Spano is under federal investigation for campaign finance violations, and other top ranking Republicans have gone after Spano because of this, including Rep. Matt Gaetz and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, who both recorded robocalls for Franklin. Gaetz even campaigned for Franklin in Brandon over the weekend. 

7:30 p.m.

From Brevard County reporter Krystel Knowles:

The number of voters are on the rise in Brevard County and so is voter turnout. According to Lori Scott from the Supervisor of Elections Office, they averaged about 3,000 voters an hour all day long. Out of 435,093 eligible voters, more than 121,699 ballots were cast, and it's estimated to be 27.97 percent voter turnout.

“Presidential election years are like no other, so then you put a global pandemic going on, and that changes everything,” Scott said.

According to Brevard County Supervisor of Elections that meant sanitizing every station, wearing face masks and sanitizing voter booths after every vote. More than 45,000 residents went to their polling places to vote.

“I thought it was going to go either one of two ways: numbers were going to be down because of the pandemic or a higher turnout because of increase in vote by mail, people being concerned and limiting their exposure, especially those voters who are a higher-risk population,” she explainsed

And for the first time, mail-in ballots exceeded the amount on early voting and election day voting numbers. More than 69,000 mail-in ballots were cast, compared to about 15,000 early voters and about 30,000-plus voters Tuesday.

7:21 p.m.

From Osceola County reporter Stephanie Bechara:

Osceola County is seeing the highest voter turnout in 25 years for a primary. 

According to Elections Supervisor Mary Jane Arrington, Osceola has had a record number of mail-in ballots requested and returned for the primary elections. Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Arrington suspected the ballots would come close to or break the last time numbers were this high: 1994 at 27 percent.

Power outages due to weather have happened at a couple of polling locations, but that has been fixed and did not cause an issue, Arrington said.

7 p.m.

Polls are closed in the part of Florida that is in eastern standard time. Part of the Panhandle is in Central Time, and will close an hour from now. 

So far Florida elections officials report a record 2.2 million people voted by mail, with another 2.088 million requesting ballots but not yet submitting them. They were due into county election offices by 7 p.m. tonight. 

The state also reports more than 558,000 voters cast ballots early. 

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