Tampa Election Runoff Results: Live Blogging

I decded to live blog the runoff election results – mostly because it was so much fun to do the first time.

PoHo has a report that turnout would be around 14% – about the same as for the primary.

7:07 pm – Miller takes the early lead with the early voters, by an almost two-to-one margin: 61.4% to 38.6%. Caetano has a slightly larger lead at 66% to 34%. More than 4,700 votes were cast city-wide, almost 800 of them in District 7.

City Council, District 1
0 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 61.42% 2,891
Joe Redner 38.58% 1,816
  4,707
City Council, District 7
0 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 65.97% 508
Frank J. Margarella 34.03% 262
  770

7:19 pm – The votes get closer. Miller’s lead down to just 57.3% to 43.7% over Redner. Caetano is down to 59% to 41% over Margarella.

City Council, District 1
0 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 57.28% 4,899
Joe Redner 42.72% 3,653
  8,552
City Council, District 7
0 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 59.08% 872
Frank J. Margarella 40.92% 604
  1476

7:42 pm – Miller’s lead holds, no new precincts in District 7. Only a few more votes since last report, two precincts around Busch Boulevard have been completed.

City Council, District 1
2 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 57.24% 4,995
Joe Redner 42.76% 3,731
  8,726
City Council, District 7
0 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 59.08% 872
Frank J. Margarella 40.92% 604
  1476

7:52 pm – Miller’s lead holding. Caetano’s lead increasing slightly. 8 Precincts now in, 1 in District 7.

City Council, District 1
8 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 57.50% 5,594
Joe Redner 42.50% 4,134
  9,728
City Council, District 7
1 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 60.62% 1,136
Frank J. Margarella 39.38% 738
  1,874

8:02 pm – Caetano is firming up his lead. With 8 of the 19 precincts reporting, I’m gonna go ahead and call this one for Caetano. Likewise, Miller’s lead seems to be pretty solid – but a big chunk of East Tampa just came in, and both West and South Tampa are still out there.

City Council, District 1
25 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 59.37% 7,133
Joe Redner 40.63% 4,881
  12,014
City Council, District 7
8 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 63.00% 1,868
Frank J. Margarella 37.00% 1,097
  2,965

8:13 pm – Well, a small handful of South and West Tampa precincts came in, and Miller’s lead actually rose! Caetano slipped a little but leads significantly with more than half of the precincts in. Miller already has more votes in the runoff than she received in the primary.

City Council, District 1
41 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 59.42% 8,436
Joe Redner 40.58% 5,761
  14,197
City Council, District 7
11 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 61.46% 2,076
Frank J. Margarella 38.54% 1,302
  3,378

8:26 pm – Two more precincts are complete. And some votes are coming from more West Tampa precincts. It may be safe to say that Miller’s lead looks insurmountable.

City Council, District 1
43 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 59.47% 8,735
Joe Redner 40.53% 5,954
  14,689
City Council, District 7
12 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 60.35% 2,177
Frank J. Margarella 39.65% 1,430
  3,607

8:32 pm – We’re now more than halfway, and Miller’s lead did shrink a little more. Forest Hills still hasn’t come in, and South and West Tampa are about halfway completed. East Tampa has one more precinct to complete. New Tampa is finished.

City Council, District 1
66 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 58.12% 10,891
Joe Redner 41.88% 7,848
  18,739
City Council, District 7
13 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 60.42% 2,244
Frank J. Margarella 39.58% 1,470
  3,714

8:42 pm – Redner is chipping away… but in really small amounts. With about 2/3rds of the precincts, it is safe to say that Gwen Miller will be re-elected. No new votes in District 7.

City Council, District 1
76 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 57.64% 11,603
Joe Redner 42.36% 8,526
  20,129
City Council, District 7
13 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 60.42% 2,244
Frank J. Margarella 39.58% 1,470
  3,714

8:52 pm – District 7 is complete. Joseph Caetano is the winner! Almost all of the precincts are complete (92 of 112), Miller’s lead has not wavered much all night.

Interesting fact: 388 more voters in District 7 cast a ballot today than voted in the primary. Must have been the free coffee.

City Council, District 1
92 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 57.61% 12,623
Joe Redner 42.39% 9,287
  21,910
City Council, District 7
19 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 59.54% 2,589
Frank J. Margarella 40.46% 1,759
  4,348

9:02 pm – The results are in. Gwen Miller has won re-election to the City Council. There were 297 more votes cast in this election than the total cast in District 1’s primary. Almost as many as were cast in the Mayoral election (91 votes short).

Turnout was indeed higher.

City Council, District 1
112 of 112 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Gwendolyn ”Gwen” Miller 56.47% 15,383
Joe Redner 43.53% 11,587
  27,240
City Council, District 7
19 of 19 Precincts Completely Reporting
    Percent Votes
Joseph P. Caetano 59.54% 2,589
Frank J. Margarella 40.46% 1,759
  4,348

Congratulations to Councilman-elect Joseph Caetano and Councilwoman Gwen Miller.

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4 Responses to Tampa Election Runoff Results: Live Blogging

  1. I’m wondering if the free admission offer to Mons Venus blew it for Redner. The Christian consevative vote wasn’t considered a major factor in the race. Redner was winning people over by sounding rationale than he makes Mons a (bigger) campaign issue.

  2. Jim Johnson says:

    Michael, I would agree. It’s probably worse than Dukakis in a tank.

  3. Wayne Garcia says:

    Nice job on the blow-by-blow. Gwen killed him with the absentees, the sign of better organization. Redner always did suffer from the ability to do the “normal” things a good campaign does, including targeting, getting your votes in early and having folks at the polls on Election Day to wave signs and monitor who is voting. I saw no evidence of that type of activity on his part. It cost him. Oh, that and the free Mons admission and blacker statement and the Trib 1A coverage of him late last week that kept his business activites at the forefront.

  4. Jim, I thought Dukakis was going for the Snoopy vote.

    Redner always did suffer from the ability to do the “normal” things a good campaign does, including targeting, getting your votes in early and having folks at the polls on Election Day to wave signs and monitor who is voting. I saw no evidence of that type of activity on his part. It cost him.

    Where’s Kelly Kombat when you need him? Not.

    I agree with Wayne on the blacker statement. Redner has a problem finishing. He could hire a really good out-of-state political mercenary to run his campaign. He beats Miller in the Tampa Gold debate and people start the get use to the idea of him on City Council. Then he loses discipline. He isn’t going to get a better opportunity than Gwen Miller. She is a horrible candidate.

    Redner had the opportunity to dominate news coverage because he is a local celebrity. That is the time to do photo-ops with the family and appear normal. He’s not, but he doesn’t need to remind the voters of the fact.

    Did Redner make any effort to have supporters drive voters to the polls?

    Wayne, was the Tim Davis flap push polling on Redner’s part or just a noncontroversy?

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