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Florida GOP Primary and Pinellas election results are in

Ashley Morales

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As of 10:09 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2024, nearly 96,501 registered Pinellas County voters cast their ballots in the GOP Primary and Municipal elections. Photo by Bill DeYoung.

Tuesday was Election Day in Florida, with the Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal elections on the ballot. 

Donald Trump won Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary, a vote the former president was expected to carry easily after all his major challengers, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, dropped out. Trump secured a significant 81.2% of the votes in Florida and 75% of the votes in Pinellas County.

In the Pinellas County Municipal election, significant conservative turnout played a pivotal role in unseating two City Council members and electing new officials. Lawyer Bruce Rector secured victory in a heated race for Clearwater mayor, defeating City Council member Kathleen Beckman with nearly 63% of the vote. Rector will now take over the role from Brian Aungst Sr., the former Clearwater Mayor (1999 to 2004) who stepped in as interim Mayor after Frank Hibbard abruptly resigned last year. 

Additionally, Lealman Fire Capt. Ryan Cotton won the three-way race for Seat 2, unseating council member Mark Bunker, a prominent critic of the Church of Scientology. Voters also elected small business owner Mike Mannino for Seat 3. Mannino earned endorsements from the chamber of commerce, police and fire employee unions, and his campaign donations more than doubled that of his challengers, freelance journalist Jared Leone and Clearwater neighborhoods coordinator Javante Scott.

Below are the latest results for the 2024 municipal elections in Pinellas County, including races in Clearwater, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor and more.
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City of Clearwater

Mayor – Seat 1

Bruce Rector 14,385 votes 62.44%
Kathleen Beckman 8,654 votes 37.56%


Councilmember – Seat 2

Ryan Cotton 9,505 votes 42.13%
Mark Bunker 8,906 votes 39.47%
Mike Mastruserio 4,151 votes 18.4%


Councilmember – Seat 3

Michael ‘Mike’ Mannino 14,027 votes 62.47%
Javante Scott 5,439 votes 24.22%
Jared Leone 2,987 votes 13.3%

 

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City of Gulfport

Councilmember – Ward 1

April Thanos 2,084 votes 61.13%
Tom Bixler 1,325 votes 38.87%

 

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City of Indian Rocks Beach

Commissioner

Janet Wilson 592 votes 43.72%
Jude Bond 447 votes 33.01%
Suzanne Gibson 315 votes 23.26%

 

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Town of Indian Shores

Mayor

Diantha Schear 266 votes 57.45%
Michael A. ‘Mike’ Petruccelli 197 votes 45.55%


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Town of Kenneth City

Mayor

Megan Zemaitis 555 votes 71.89%
Robert J. Howell 217 votes 28.11%

 

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City of Oldsmar

Council Member – Seat 1

Steve Graber 1,242 votes 54.26%
Vincent Albanese 1,047 votes 45.74%


Council Member – Seat 3

Andrew Knapp 1,334 votes 58.03%
Valerie Tatarzewski 965 votes 41.97%

 

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City of Pinellas Park

City Council – Seat 3

Ricky Butler 3,350 votes 53.32%
Mike Haworth 2,933 votes 46.68%


City Council – Seat 4

Tim Caddell 3,475 votes 56.34%
Joanne Dauphin 2,693 votes 43.66%

 

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City of Safety Harbor

Commissioner – Seat 1

Nancy J. Besore 2,007 votes 51.87%
Scott Long 1,862 votes 48.13%


Commissioner – Seat 2

Jacob Burnett 2,150 votes 56.11%
Hayley Ann Rae 1,682 votes 43.89%

 

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City of Treasure Island

City Commissioner – District 4

Arden D. Dickey 290 votes 65.32%
Richard David Harris 154 votes 34.68%

 

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You can view the full results from Tuesday’s election, including charter amendments from the City of Belleair Beach, Clearwater, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park and Safety Harbor, on the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website. The Primary Election will be Aug. 20 and the General Election is Nov. 5. Click here for more information about registration and early voting.
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    Doris Lovering

    March 20, 2024at7:18 pm

    How many registered Republicans are there per county? How many registered Republicans voted? How many voted for each of the candidates listed? Saying that Trump won 75% of the votes in Pinellas is not a clear picture. If there are 285,000 registered Republicans in Pinellas county, but only 100 of them voted. That would mean he got 75 votes or 75% of the votes. That is not great. The story should carry the same breakdown as the local races.

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