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Thrasher Wins, Several Local Incumbents Defeated

John Thrasher tonight celebrated his victory in the Republican primary race for State Senate District 8, defeating beaches dermatologist Charles Perniciaro by a comfortable margin.

“I am honored and humbled that the voters of Northeast Florida have, once again, chosen me to be the Republican Candidate for Senate District 8,” said Thrasher. “I am particularly grateful to my volunteers, my friends and my family for their steadfast commitment to my campaign. I could not have achieved victory tonight without the hard work and dedication of these individuals, and for that I am truly thankful.”

“Tonight is just the first step to victory in November,” said Thrasher. “And, I am ready to debate the tough issues that face Northeast Florida during the General Election. My campaign will maintain its same focus of keeping your taxes low, reducing wasteful government spending and growing our job base and local economy, as well as improving our children’s education and preserving the St. Johns River and our beautiful beaches.”

Thrasher currently represents Florida Senate District 8, which includes parts of Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia Counties. He also serves as the interim chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. The campaign featured the involvement of a pro-Thrasher 527 group that ran brutally negative direct mail attacks against Perniciaro.

In the race for Duval County School Board, Fel Lee and Theresa Graham will head to a run-off, while Paula Wright and Becki Couch won their races outright.  Full details here.

State Representative Charles McBurney easily defeated a challenge from Luis Melendez.  Results here.

In a tight three-way race for the Republican nomination for Attorney General, Pam Bondi defeated current Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and Holly Benson by a narrow margin.  Bondi got a last-minute boost from an endorsement by Sarah Palin.  Click here to read more.

Locally, incumbents struggled and several went down in defeat...

Other notable results...

2 Responses »

  1. Congratulations to the Charles Perniciaro Campaign team for running an election campaign that practiced honesty and integrity. The Republican voters in Senate District 8 have lost the opportunity to be represented by a great man. They want to continue to have an "experienced" senator that has many ethics filings, accepts and uses special interest money to attack challengers, and has shown very little interest in the needs and concerns of the average citizens in his district. Perhaps the Democrats and the Perniciaro supporters will vote for Deborah Gianoulis in November. Hopefully, more voters will participate in future elections.

  2. I am not a John Thrasher fan at all, but voting for Gianoulis is not the solution. Why can't she use her husband's last name?