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Turner appears headed to crushing defeat as Hillsborough appraiser race



State Sen. Ronda Storms is holding on to her dominating lead over incumbent Republican Rob Turner in the Hillsborough County property appraiser primary.

With roughly half of precincts reporting, Storms held a well more than 2 to 1 lead over Turner. Storms vote dominance is spread pretty much throughout the county. Totals so far include much of South Tampa, where Turner lives.

Turner has spent 16 years in office and was seeking a fifth term, which seemed assured until this summer. With weeks to go before qualifying, Turner faced token opposition.

Then came revelations that he sent porn to his former human resources director, a woman he dated while she worked for him.

Storms got into the race, as did state Rep. Bob Henriquez, who awaits the winner in the general election along with two no-party candidates.

Update: Storms lead remains the same with 280 of 347 precincts reporting.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 8:02pm]


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