Winners and losers across the state
Rep. Mike Grant had more money and Gov. Charlie Crist's endorsement but it couldn't stop Nancy Detert in the Republican primary for a southwest Florida Senate seat. The straight-talking Detert will face lawyer Morgan Bentley Nov. 4 in a race watched closely for its potential to affect a future Senate-presidency fight (Detert supports Mike Haridopolos of Indialantic).
Democrat James Bush III of Miami won a new lease on the Legislature Tuesday. The ex-Miami-Dade lawmaker won Florida's most crowded legislative contest, a nine-way race in Miami's District 109 (the seat is vacant because Democrat Dorothy Bendross-Mindinghall was term-limited). Because the field was so large and the turnout so small, Bush got it done with (unofficially) 2,986 votes, or 28.2 percent of the total.
Some other results: Republican Tom Rooney edged Rep. Gayle Harrell for the GOP nod in the 16th District Congressional race and will face Democrat Tim Mahoney ... Republican Kelli Stargel, wife of circuit judge and former Rep. John Stargel of Lakeland, is all but assured of a House seat (write-in only in November) ... State Attorney John Tanner, the controversial Volusia prosecutor, was tossed, losing his GOP primary to RJ Larizza ... In Broward, Democratic Rep. Evan Jenne, son of disgraced ex-Sheriff Ken Jenne, was lucky to have two opponents. He won a second term with 51 percent ... Democratic Sen. Gary Siplin of Orlando handily won renomination in a big-money race, beating Maurice "Doc" Goodard ... and the brothers of both legislative leaders lost. A roundup here.