Gibson wins special election

Former state Rep. Audrey Gibson appeared set to return to the Legislature after unofficial returns showed her easily beating three others in a decisive primary for an open northeast Florida Senate seat. Gibson, a Democrat from Jacksonville, would replace Tony Hill, who resigned from the District 1 seat to work for new Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.

In unofficial results posted by the state Division of Elections, Gibson had just under 7,600 votes, 62 percent of those cast, to just under 3,900 for her closest rival, Terry Fields, also a former state House member. Behind Fields, who got 32 percent of the vote, were Ramon Day and Leandrew Mills, who each got about 3 percent of the vote.

The majority of the district is in Duval County, but votes were also cast in Volusia, St. Johns, Putnam and Flagler counties. Gibson outpolled Fields and the other candidates in all five counties.

Technically, there is an Oct. 18 general election, but Gibson will be the only one on the ballot. The election still must be held because voters could write in a candidate. No Republicans qualified to run in the heavily-Democratic district. Hill’s resignation is technically official Oct. 1.

Here are the most recent results, according to the Division of Elections:

NOFFICIAL ELECTION NIGHT RETURNS
(may not include absentee or provisional ballots)

State Senator
District: 1
County Ramon Day Terry L. Fields Audrey Gibson Leandrew Mills, III
Duval 330 3,586 6,780 363
Flagler 9 6 24 2
Putnam 22 54 255 7
St. Johns 49 140 233 8
Volusia 13 83 303 3
Total 423 3,869 7,595 383
% Votes 3.4% 31.5% 61.9% 3.1%

The News Service of Florida