My final predictions in St. Petersburg’s primary elections

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Every time I drive past the Seminole Hard Rock Casino on I-4, there’s a little queasiness in my stomach.

That’s because I am a gambler who really doesn’t gamble anymore. And the unease I feel is some sort of psychosomatic leftover from my hard days as a gambler.

Put me next to a slot machine, I’m gonna pull the lever.

Along the same lines, if it’s Election Day, I’m gonna make some predictions. I can’t help myself.

So here are my predictions in St. Petersburg’s primary elections.

In the mayor’s race: Rick Baker 51.5 percent, Rick Kriseman 42.5 percent. Tomato cans 6 percent.

In the race for City Council District 6, no one is smart enough to nail the percentages, but I believe either Robert Blackmon or Gina Driscoll take up one slot and Maria Scruggs fills the other.

Polls close at 7 p.m. We’ll know soon thereafter whether I should stop making predictions the same way I stopped gambling.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.