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Storms takes lopsided lead in Hillsborough appraiser race after early, absentee voting



State Sen. Ronda Storms is off to a lopsided lead over incumbent Republican Property Appraiser Rob Turner after early and absentee voting in Hillsborough County.

Storms was leading Turner by a 71 to 29 percent margin, after the first batch of vote totals were released by the Supervisor of Elections shortly after 7 p.m. This is hardly the end of the night, but those are scary numbers so far for Turner. Absentee totals can be an indicator of campaign organization, as well, and Turner hardly campaigned at all, except for a couple of last-minute, low-budget mail pieces.

Storms was a late entry into the race after the Tampa Bay Times reported Turner had sent porn to his former human resources director, whom he once dated and subsequently fired as the Times was preparing its story.

In other races, Craig Latimer, who is helping with tonight's vote count, was leading former Tampa City Council member and Hillsborough County Commissioner Tom Scott for Supervisor of Elections. Victor Crist appears to be easily fending off a challenge from fellow Republican Sharon Calvert for County Commission District 2 and Margaret Iuculano is leading Don Kruse in the Republican primary to determine who challenges Incumbent Democrat Kevin Beckner in the at-large District 6 commission contest.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 7:34pm]


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