Tavares, FL August 18, 2016
The straw poll results are in, and below.
Keep in mind, like the Clermont Hob Nob we described last week, the straw poll is not a scientific poll, but the results of a popularity contest by those who attended. Since this was sponsored by Leadership Lake, the group that annually holds classes for future leaders in the County, many attending are well educated in local politics and who they want to win. Additionally, each candidate paid to have a table and provided free $12 tickets to their supporters.
Also, unlike the Primary on August 30 (and early voting is taking place right now), the voters for all parties were taken, and not split like the primaries among parties.
But, the event gives an indication of how close some races may be.
The scanned images of the two page report are below, which were provided by the Lake County Elections Supervisor's office, who administered the voting using real voting machines.
Here is a summary of important races, or see the full results with actual vote counts and percents in the scanned images attached below.
President: Trump 66%; Clinton 19%; Gary Johnson 14%
Senator (FL): Rubio 63%, no one else got more than 11%
US Congress Dist 6: Ron Desantis 35%; Fred Costello 23%
US Congress Dist. 11: Dan Webster 68%; Grabelle 19%
US Congress Dist. 15 (So. Lake): Dennis Ross 73%
FL State Senator Dist. 12 - Marlene O'Toole 37%; Dennis Baxley 34%; David Gee 28%
Note: The above Dist. 12 was left out by mistake, but added in Friday morning.
FL State Senator Dist 22: Kelli Stargel 76%
FL State Rep. Dist 31 - Jennifer Sullivan 71%
Sheriff, Lake County: Peyton Grinnell 73%; Chuck Broadway (NPA) 20%
Supervisor of Elections: Margie Eaton 35%; Mike Holland 30%; Alan Hays 27%
Lake County Commissioner Dist 1: Tim Sullivan 66%; Mike Levine 18%; Tim Loucks 15%
Lake County Commissioner Dist 3: Wendy Breeden 68%; Jimmy Conner 31%
Lake County Commissioner Dist 5: Welton Cadwell 50%; Josh Blake 49% (Closest race of the night)
County Court Judge Group 2: Ben Boylston 35%; Brian Welke 24%; Cary Rada 23%
School Board Member Dist 2: Pernell Mitchel 39%; Sandi Moore 39%; Kristi Burns 22%
School Board Member Dist 4: James Myers 40%; Sandy Gamble 25%; Lou Buigas 20%; Joan Rintelmann 15%
Republican State Committeeman: Ralph Smith 41%; Randy L. Van Alstine 37%; Doug Duerr 22%
Republican State Committeewoman: Patricia Sullivan 66%; Elise Dennison 34%
North Lake Hospital District (renew 1 mill tax for 10 years): Yes 56%; No 44%
(Note: The North Lake Hospital Tax District renewal vote is NOT on the August 30 ballot, but the November ballot, but Leadership Lake asked it be added to this ballot)
See scanned images for other races (LCWA; Soil & Water Dist)
Below are the official results from the staff of the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office:
View this photo - part 1 of 2 of Hob Nob election results
View this photo - part 2 of 2 of Hob Nob election results