Tallahassee, Fla — The primaries are now over and the results are in today, August 31, 2016, on who voters can choose in the general election this November. Partick Murphy won the Democratic Party primary yesterday over his four challengers. Marco Rubio of the Republican Party won over three other challengers and Libertarian Party candidate Paul Stanton won over his one challenger in the primary. The three political party contenders will face four qualified candidates who are running without any political party affiliation (NPA) and six qualified write-in candidates.
Only 23.85 percent of Florida voters turned out for yesterday’s primary day. Palm Beach, Broward, and Hillsborough counties had some of the worst turnouts — all below 20 percent.
Democrat Murphy is currently serving in the U.S. House in Florida’s 18th district and won his primary with 59 percent of the vote total. His closest competitors were Alan Grayson with 17.7 percent of the vote and Pam Keith with 15.39 percent.
Republican Rubio is the current U.S. Senator and is fighting to keep his job after jumping out of the presidential race. He won with 72 percent of the votes. His closest primary competitor was Carlos Beruff who earned 18.5 percent of the vote total.
Libertarian Stanton is a military veteran and computer programmer.
He won 73.53 percent of the vote over his primary competitor Augustus Invictus who garnered 26.5 percent.