Leon Votes! WFSU's 2014 Primary Election Live Blog

Aug 26, 2014

Update 3:22 p.m.: Heading in to the final hours of the 2014 primary and local candidates make their last pitches to Leon voters.

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Update 3:25 p.m.: Via the Tampa Bay Times

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Update 4:48 p.m.: Leon County Republican Party Vice Chairman Evin Power says Tallahassee is catching up with the rest of the state when it comes to contentious campaigning

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Update 5:30 p.m.: Florida Secretary of State's office has a customizable link to target specific state races. Only an hour and a half left before the polls close!

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[View the story "Local, State Candidates Make Final Push For Votes" on Storify]

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Update: 7:02 p.m.: Polls are closed, the wfsu news team is out in the field and Tom Flanigan and former Tallahassee Mayor Penny Herman are live in the studio.

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Update 7:15 p.m.: Penny Herman on Leon Co. history and how time's have changed, "lobbyists in city hall" are a big difference. Alva Swafford-Striplin getting an early lead in the Leon County School Board District 1 race against Forrest Van Camp.

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@WFSUnews reporters are in the field. @JessicaPubRadio is covering City Commission Seat Three

Update: 7:26 p.m.: Democratic State Rep. Michelle Vasilinda with nearly 84 percent of the vote is cruising toward re-election. 15,000 early votes cast ahead of today's primary.

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Update 7:29 p.m.: There could be a possible upset in the Leon Co. School Board race with challenger Alva Striplin taking the lead with more than 52 percent of votes over incumbent Chairman Forrest Van Camp.

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Update 7:36 p.m.: Curtis Richardson talks negative campaigning. Says he wants to move forward. Richardson with a 7-point lead over Diana Oropallo in City Commission Seat Two race

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Update 7:42 p.m.: George Sheldon leads House Minority Speaker Perry Thurston in race for Democratic attorney general nomination. Winner will face AG Pam Bondi in November.

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Update 7:45 p.m.: Penny Herman talks lack of local candidates-- why so many incumbents were re-elected without opposition. "I think some people run because they feel they [incumbents] should have to respond to questions."  If you're going to run, be prepared to spend money.

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Update 7:50 p.m. "Teaching and running a campaign has been a mighty undertaking." Alva Swafford-Striplin on her lead in Leon Co. School Board race.

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Update 8:01 p.m.: Jefferson Co. Supervisor of Elections Office says it's having problems with its website. Can't get any returns from Jefferson right now.

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Update: 8:05 p.m.: Gadsden Co. Supervisor of Elections Office says may start posting returns in about an hour. No returns have been posted to its website yet.

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Update 8:15 p.m.: Andrew Gillum far ahead in the Tallahassee Mayoral Race

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Update: 8:28 p.m.: If you missed it, Rep. Alan Williams gets a congratulatory call from Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist on @wfsunews @wfsumedia's Live Election night coverage.

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Update 8:54 p.m.: Forrest Van Camp concedes defeat. Says he accepts, "voters were ready for a change."

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