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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Live blogging the District 2 election results

7 pm - polls have just closed. On pins and needles here. I can just imagine how the candidates must feel.

7:18 pm - Ken Russell in first place; Teresa Sarnoff in second. 36% to 28%. Grace Solares in third place with 23%.

Ken Russell has 1021 absentee votes; Teresa is next with 796 and Grace has 656.

7:31 pm - Ken is ahead with 40%; Teresa has 25% and Grace is close behind with 22%.
This is 1552 votes for Ken; 983 for Teresa and 875 for Grace.
Javier Gonzalez is 4th place with 170 votes.

7:45 - The results come in very slowly, even in this digital age. #fail

7:50 pm - Ken with 2566 votes; Teresa with 1431 and Grace with 1333 votes.
Ken has almost 42% of the vote; 51% and he wins without a runoff.

8:03 pm - still waiting for the slow precinct reports, but it looks like Ken really got his message out to the voters.

8:07 pm - I can't help but sing Gloria Estefan's "Coming Out of the Dark," to myself. It's like the Dark Ages of Coconut Grove may be over. There will be frivolity in the land. Freedom of speech, freedom of expression . . . 

8:10 pm - Ken with 2593; Teresa with 1449 and Grace at 1344. Ken still has over 41% of the vote. This is with 22 of 30 precincts reporting, so not too much more longer to wait.

8:24 pm - Ken won Coconut Grove by a landslide. That says a lot.

8:34 pm - Ken - 2657; Teresa - 1502; Grace - 1374.

8:36 pm - It's funny how people on Facebook are all excited about the end of the Sarnoff era, but there still is a runoff and it's not over till it's over. Six more precincts to report until the end of today's vote.

8:40 pm - It's interesting that this three-way race is how many called it. The other candidates have such low numbers that it maybe should have been these three all the while. The votes would not have been so split then.

8:45 pm - Six more precincts. So slow . . .

9 pm - This is the vote so far:
Williams Armbrister - 1.13%
Javier Gonzalez - 4.32%
Rosy Palomino - 3.13%
Ken Russell - 41.72%
Teresa Sarnoff - 23.59%
Mike Simpson - 0.60%
Seth Sklarey - 0.52%
Grace Solares - 21.58%
Lorry Woods - 3.42%

Six precincts to go.

9:2o pm - still here. I could call it but I think Grace and Teresa are so close that it could all change when the final six precincts come in.

9:23 pm - Ken with 41.51% / Teresa with 23.62% / Grace with 21.94%
This out of 6485 total votes. Four precincts to go.

9:50 pm - I wanna go smack the people holding up the final four precinct results.

10 pm - Ken - 41.33% / Teresa - 23.54% / Grace - 22.24%
Three precincts to go.

10:10 pm - final!
Ken - 41.33% / Teresa - 23.54% / Grace - 22.24%

Looks like the runoff is between Ken and Teresa, on Tuesday, November 17.

If most of the votes from the other candidates go to Ken, then he will be the next Commissioner. Let's see on November 17.

Here are the final numbers. 6593 total voters.  Grace lost the runoffs by 86 votes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates!

November 03, 2015 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go, Ken!

November 03, 2015 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Tom. This is a great community service!

If Ken doesn't get 51%, and I don't think that is reasonable to hope for, I'd sure like to see it be Ken and Grace, with Teresa frozen out. What a victory that would be!

I still wish the other non-substantial candidates had gotten out.

November 03, 2015 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken truly represents Miami District2

November 03, 2015 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is 41% required to win? or 51%?

November 03, 2015 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


November 03, 2015 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other candidates managed to collectively mobilize a few hundred votes total. The more participation the better, I think. Those are votes that might have gone to Sarnoff or might not have been cast at all otherwise. It doesn't seem like their uninvolvement would have been enough to change the results of the election.

November 03, 2015 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

District 2 seems to be a monolithic voting bloc for Coconut Grove activists that are in the pockets of developers. We had a chance for real change but the Grove spoke loud and clear, no chance for any candidate other than a propped up activist or the wife of a former propped up activist. The generally accepted paridigm continues, just in a different context.

November 03, 2015 11:18 PM  
Blogger Ferpar65 said...

Great job to Ken and Team Russell. Can a run off be avoided if Teresa steps down??? Money saved by avoiding a run off can go to other places as outreach centers and feeding the homeless. That's a noble thing to do. With 41% of votes, its logical to assume Grace's votes will go to Ken.

November 04, 2015 12:05 AM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

what is the total number of possible voters eligible to vote in district 2?

November 04, 2015 1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:18 - you commented "District 2 seems to be a monolithic voting bloc for Coconut Grove activist who in the pockets of developers". "MONOLITHIC" translates into big, bigger and biggest. Since most people who commented here in the Grape constantly echoed that the Sarnoff's were manipulated by developers, you now comment that developers "popped up activist"! Wow, how simple to say that no matter who wins they are puppets for big developers. Damn if you do and damn if you don't sort of thing. I bet you one of those people who can't move forward when the light is green out of fear from all sides, right?

November 04, 2015 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's actually a "group of voters that are strongly motivated by a specific common concern" Secondly, it's "propped up" which has been the driving factor for the Coconut Grove candidates that are in the run-off. Lastly, all you need to do is follow the money in the campaign finance reports they validate whose pockets these candidates are in. I see all sides and rarely get blindsided by candidates whom sell themselves as activists while hauling a truck load full of developers' cash.

November 04, 2015 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of questions:

Why do we have laws regarding term limits?

Is there a synopsis available of campaign amounts contributed and spent and what happens to the unspent?

Can unspent contributions be use to relocate a loathed candidate to another district or venue?

November 04, 2015 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

District 2 geographic (gerrymandered) lines put: precious land, natural resources and a Bay to protect, in the hands of one person. Your district has embarrassingly low voter turnout, all bark and no bite. I concur with the previous comments: save the money on the redundant election. Sarnoff should be embarrassed to even participate. A show of honor and fiscal responsibility is probably asking for a miracle.
Or had a miracle occurred already by breaking the Sarnoff family grip.? Congratulations Ken make us proud.

November 04, 2015 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never liked Ken too much, but compared to the Sarnoffs and Solares? Can't be worse. New blood. Hopefully not too greedy for money and power as most politicians are.

November 04, 2015 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarnoff had to pay volunteers to stand for 12 hours holding up signs at the voting precincts. We heard from an attorney how she was instructed by her law firm partner to show up and support Sarnoff, without considering her right to elect and support whomever she wanted.We heard it right from the mouth of volunteers.Some volunteers even had embroidered Sarnoff t-shits!!! Money can't buy you love, Sarnoff!

November 05, 2015 8:08 AM  

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