Over 400 attendees had an opportunity to cast their ballot at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Political Hob Nob held this evening at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
A straw poll vote was conducted by Kids Voting Tampa Bay, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students on the democratic process. Attendees could vote at computer stations or on their smartphones using a personalized code. The results are as follows, including only those candidates who received votes.
The poll skewed heavily Republican — longshot Republican congressional candidate EJ Otero defeated Democratic incumbent Kathy Castor, for example — so the results may be a good indication of the mood of Republican primary voters.
In State Senate District 17, John Legg took 36.12%, Wes Johnson 29.07%, Rob Wallace 22.03%, John Korsak 12.78%.
In State Senate District 22, Jim Frishe took 63.21%, Jeff Brandes 27.36%, Raymond Alan Baker 9.43%.
In State Senate District 24, Tom Lee took 42.62%, Rachel Burgin 33.76%, Elizabeth Belcher 23.63%.
In House District 57, Jake Raburn won with 44.70%. There was a surprise in House District 59 as Ross Spano finished on top of Betty Jo Tompkins and Joe Wicker, although Democrat Gail Gottlieb actually won the poll of this district.